(The Cockroach Says...)
(The Little Orange)
(Towns of Portugal)
(Here Goes the Handkerchief)
Drop the Handkerchief Game
(Catrina's Little Doves)
(I Threw the Stick to the Cat)
(Muffins and Cookies)
(The Rooster Said to the Hen)
(The Rooster Was Telling the Hen)
(The Chicken Goes Crazy)
(Two Small and Funny Mice)
Hand Clapping Song
(I've Lost My Handkerchief)
(I Was Going On the Way to Viseu)
(Fly, Ladybug, Fly)
(The Pharmacist's Handkerchief)
(Beautiful Christmas Night)
(My Little Axe)
(It was in Master Andrew's Store)
(Carol from Elvas)
(The Little Boat)
(The Maltese Cat)
(The Little Boy is Sleeping)
(My Hat Has Three Corners)
(Oh, My Ripe Blackberry)
(My Spinning Top)
(The Three Kittens)
(What a Pretty Boat)
(A Tune from Beira)
(1, 2, 3, Little Chinese Monkey)
(Go Away, Oh Bogeyman )
Please contribute a traditional song or rhyme from your country.
Featuring sheet music and links to recordings!
In Christmas Carols Around The World we've gathered over 75 beloved carols from countries and cultures all around the globe.
Each carol includes the full text in the original language, with an English translation.
Each includes links to recordings on the Mama Lisa website, some by professional
musicians, but many by ordinary people who have contributed them to us, to help
preserve their culture.
Most include beautiful illustrations and sheet music.
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've included beloved favorites from all over the world like:
"Tu scendi dalle stelle (You Come Down from the Stars)" from Italy.
"Guillô prends ton tambourin (Patapan)" from France.
And "Cantos para pedir posada (Carol to Ask for Lodging)" from Mexico.
We've also included English language favorites like
"Good King Wenceslas".
And spirituals like "Go Tell It On The Mountain".
Christmas Carols Around The World is a downloadable e-book, which you will gain access to immediately.
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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 [...]
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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 [...]
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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, [...]
(In Portuguese and English)
Children's Songs, Folk Songs and Nursery Rhymes of Brazil
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