(1, 2, 3, Little Chinese Monkey)
(A Tune from Beira)
(Beautiful Christmas Night)
(Carol from Elvas)
(Catrina's Little Doves)
Hand Clapping Song
(Fly, Ladybug, Fly)
(Go Away, Oh Bogeyman )
(Here Goes the Handkerchief)
Drop the Handkerchief Game
(I Threw the Stick to the Cat)
(I've Lost My Handkerchief)
(I Was Going On the Way to Viseu)
(Muffins and Cookies)
(My Hat Has Three Corners)
(My Little Axe)
(My Spinning Top)
(Oh, My Ripe Blackberry)
(The Chicken Goes Crazy)
(The Cockroach Says...)
(The Little Boat)
(The Little Boy is Sleeping)
(The Little Orange)
(The Maltese Cat)
(The Pharmacist's Handkerchief)
(The Rooster Said to the Hen)
(The Rooster Was Telling the Hen)
(The Three Kittens)
(Towns of Portugal)
(Two Small and Funny Mice)
(What a Pretty Boat)
Please contribute a traditional song or rhyme from your country.
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Articles about the music, culture and traditions of Portugal and more.
Shawn wrote to us asking for help with a lullaby in Portuguese that his grandma sang to him. Here’s his email: Hi, I was trying to find a Portuguese lullaby that my vovo used to sing with me, something about a sleeping baby. Dorme bebezinho sobra so na coma Za dormede yama I’m getting [...]
The Portuguese first made contact with Japan in 1543. This started the Nanban Trade Period which extended several decades. During this time, the Portuguese introduced tempura and refined sugar to Japan. Sadao Mazuka wrote to me about some of these culinary influences… Konpeito (?'- = [...]
Going door-to-door for treats between Halloween and Christmas-time has been common throughout the West for the past few centuries. These traditions have their roots in Samhain, an ancient Celtic festival that was celebrated from October 31st to November 1st, the halfway point between the autumnal [...]
Since the "Happy Birthday to You" song has recently gone out of copyright, we’ve enhanced our collection of Birthday Songs around the World! There are however two birthday songs that we know of that are widely sung and that are still under copyright. One is a Portuguese [...]
Watch Darth Vader say, "I am your father" to Luke Skywalker in the Star Wars movie in 20 different languages (as dubbed in the movies). You can see a list of the languages with their voice actors below the video. Languages and Voice Actors: English (Original) – James Earl [...]
Monique and I have been adding a lot of Drop the Handkerchief Games to Mama Lisa’s World. This got Monique thinking about the actual meaning of handkerchief in different languages. Here are some of her thoughts... "I was thinking about the word for handkerchief in some [...]
Here’s a video to hear animal sounds around the world... Bow Wow Meow – Animal Sounds in Different Languages from properniceinnit on Vimeo. The languages are: English, Mandarin, French, Italian, Spanish, Turkish, Hindi, Canadian-French, Romanian, Japanese, Russian, Dutch, Bengali, [...]
Jen wrote to me looking for help with a childhood rhyme. Here’s her email: I stumbled onto your site while looking for an answer to an age-old family question. When I was a little girl, my grandma and grandpa, both of whom were Portuguese, used to recite a rhyme to me in Portuguese while [...]
This Christmas song was sent to us from the Portuguese archipelago of the Azores. It’s sung throughout the Portuguese speaking world. The carol starts with a child leaving his shoe on the windowsill outside. In Portugal, children do this for the Epiphany (the day that celebrates the [...]
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, [...]
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Children's Songs, Folk Songs and Nursery Rhymes of Brazil
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With Our New Book 'Kid Songs Around The World'
Whoever the children are in your life - your kids, your grandkids, your students, even yourself (in your heart) - 'Kid Songs Around The World' is a wonderful way to help them experience other languages and cultures.
In 'Kid Songs Around The World' we've gathered 100 of our favorite songs and rhymes from all the continents of the globe.
Each song includes the full text in the original language, with an English translation, and most include sheet music. All include links to web pages where you can listen to recordings, hear the tune or watch a video performance. Each includes a beautiful illustration.
Many have commentary sent to us by our correspondents who write about the history of the songs and what they meant in their lives.
We hope this book will help foster a love of international children's songs!