(Ah-Ah-Ah, Two Little Kittens)
(A Little Balloon)
(A Little Ladybird)
(God is Born)
(Two Small Teddy Bears)
(Ene, due, rabe)
(Head, Shoulders, Knees, Heels)
(A Crayfish Comes)
(The Train is Coming From Far Away)
(Clap, Clap, Little Hands)
Hand Clapping Song
(A Man from Cracow)
(One Man from Cracow)
(Lullaby, Little Baby Jesus)
(I Have an Embroidered Handkerchief)
Drop the Handkerchief Game
(Twinkle, Twinkle Star)
(On St. Nicholas Day)
St. Nicholas Day Rhyme
(From the Ashtray of Wojtuś)
(Shepherds Hurried to Bethlehem)
(1, 2, 3, The Witch Sees!)
(The Old Bear)
(A Young Girl)
(Luck, Luck, Pretty Teddy Bear)
(Here Magpie Cooked Her Porridge)
(Go, Go Horsey!)
(A Kitten Sits on a Fence)
Please contribute a traditional song or rhyme from your country.
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Over 80 songs and rhymes, in Italian with translations into English. Including favorite songs like "La bella lavanderina" (The Pretty Washerwoman), nursery rhymes like "Batta le Manine" (Clap Your Hands) and Christmas carols like the beloved "Tu scendi dalle stelle" (You Come Down from the Stars). Order Here!
Articles about the music, culture and traditions of Poland and more.
Liz wrote to me asking for help with a Polish nursery song. Here’s her email: Hi Mama Lisa! My name is Liz, and a good portion of my family comes from Poland, but I didn’t grow up speaking Polish at all, and a lot of the family’s history never got written down… My [...]
Easter’s coming soon! Did you know that in many countries the day after Easter, called Easter Monday, is a public holiday? The map above shows in yellow all of the countries that celebrate it. There are picnics, egg rolling contests and dousing of people with water that was blessed on Easter [...]
When kids in the US are playing a game and they want to temporarily pause it, they’ll yell, “Time-out!” Sometimes, they’ll also make a “T” with their hands or arms (see pic). The term “time-out” comes from sports. They use it to pause games too. More [...]
Playing real video games for fun is a great way to improve your foreign language skills. I’m talking about games you’d want to play in your own language, not specifically language learning games. There are many fun games that are available in many different languages. I’m an early [...]
Season’s greetings! At Mama Lisa’s World there’s no time of year we love better than the holidays! We’re happy to announce that we’ve recently added the following Christmas Carols to Mama Lisa’s World with mp3 recordings and YouTube videos: Italian Dormi, dormi, [...]
John Ziak wrote asking for help with two childhood songs: Lisa, I have been searching for sometime to find a song/nursery rhyme that my grandfather sang to me when I was young. He passed away 16 years ago and no one in my family can remember any more words than I. The song originates [...]
On All Saints’ Day, Agnieszka Magnucka, who’s from Poland, wrote: "Light a candle for those who you love but who’ve passed away." ***** That started a correspondence between us about All Saints’ Day and All Souls’ Day in Poland... Lisa: Do you celebrate All [...]
My friend Maria Hayda, who has family from Ukraine, wrote: "Lisa, pussy willow is what we use for our Easters :) since Eastern Europe is unable to grow palm trees... My Grandmother had a huge bouquet she saved thru the decades. Now I’ve started my own bouquet." According to [...]
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, [...]
A book of illustrated Polish Fairy Tales translated into English was recently posted online. Here are three of the illustrations by Cecile Walton… Check out the book at Project Gutenberg. Enjoy! Mama Lisa [...]
(In English & Polish)
Describes some Polish games and gives the Polish lyrics and translations.
Children's Rhymes in Polish.
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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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