(Big Head, Big Head)
(I Have a Small Donkey)
(Mommy is the Best in the World)
(One Rat Known as a Thief)
Chinese New Year Song
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Over 125 songs and rhymes. Each includes the full text in Spanish, with translations into English. Many include links to recordings. Order Here!
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There’s a Chinese Mother Goose Book from 1900 that features Chinese nursery rhymes with English translations. We have some of the rhymes on our Chinese Song and Rhyme Pages. A while back, Pete Paradiso wrote about some of the rhymes on Ben Seeberger’s blog Easternity.com. I asked [...]
Open Culture has a page of free language learning links covering 40 languages. Here are some of the languages you can find links for… Arabic, English, Chinese, French, Spanish, Bulgarian, Catalan, Danish, Dutch, Esperanto, Finnish, Gaelic, German, Hebrew, Hindi, Hungarian, Indonesian, Irish, [...]
Here’s a Chinese poem about early winter by Meng Haoran , a Chinese poet who lived from 689 or 691 to 740. First you’ll find the simplified Chinese text, followed by an English translation. Then you can listen to a recording of the poem in Mandarin and follow along with the [...]
Let happiness the guarded treasure be of the mind’s padlock, and true love be key. -from The Padlock (circa 1788) Love Padlocks can bee seen throughout much of Europe and other places around the world like Taiwan. Peter wrote, "Couples put their names on a lock and then lock them [...]
We received an email asking for help with a translation to the rhyme from Taiwan below. After the original rhyme you can see what I’ve come up with so far for a translation. 一鼠贼子名， 二牛驶犁兄。 三虎山崎岖， 四兔游东京。 五龙皇帝命， 六蛇受人惊。 [...]
Alison is translating traditional English nursery rhymes into Chinese on her blog. Check it out! -Mama Lisa [...]
Yesterday, I posted the poem Qingming by the poet Du Mu (803 – 852) that mentions the Qingming Festival (also called Ching Ming). I asked my friend Ray Lee about it. He grew up in Hong Kong and I wanted to hear his impression about the poem and also my translation of it (below). Here’s [...]
The Qingming Festival is on April 4th this year in China, and on the 5th in Taiwan. In Taiwan it’s called Tomb Sweeping Day. This day is a remembrance of ancestors - it’s similar to All Saints Day and The Day of the Dead. People clean the tombs of their ancestors and offer them food, [...]
The Chinese New Year starts on January 26th this year. It’ll be the year of the Ox. Here’s a composition by David W. Solomons that he created in honor of the holiday. If you’re interested in learning more, you can read previous posts about the Chinese New Year. If you’d like [...]
The Dragon Boat Festival falls on the fifth day of the fifth moon (month) in the Chinese New Year. This year that’s today! According to Andrew Sullivan, it falls on this day, “in remembrance of Qu Yuan, a patriotic poet who committed suicide in the Miluo River on the day in 221 [...]
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Over 50 songs and rhymes, in French with translations into English. You'll find well-known songs like Frère Jacques, Alouette, and Au claire de la lune, alongside many you may never have heard of. At the end of each item in this book, there's a web address to an online version of the song or rhyme. There we are often able to include sheet music, recordings and videos of performances. We hope this book will help foster a love of French songs and culture all over the world! Order Here!