(Ćira Is Sitting on Top of the Hay)
(A Lilac Tree has Blossomed)
(At the End of the Village)
Folk Dance Song
(Granny Rocks the Baby)
(Milica Has Long Eyelashes)
(Mitka's Legs Hurt)
(Rabbit's Digging up a Turnip)
(Ring-a Ring-a Raja)
Please contribute a traditional song or rhyme from your country.
Travel to far away places with our new E-Books Kid Songs Around The World and Lullabies Around The World
Whoever the children are in your life - your kids, your grandkids, your students, even yourself (in your heart) - Mama Lisa's E-books are wonderful ways 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.
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Over 50 lullabies and recordings from all over the world. Each Lullaby includes the full text in the original language, with an English translation.
Kid Songs Around The World and Lullabies Around The World are downloadable e-books, which you will gain access to immediately. (They are not physical books.)
We hope these books will help foster a love of international children's songs!
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Articles about the music, culture and traditions of Serbia and more.
Bojan Aleksi? shared this Serbian version of “The Itsy Bitsy Spider” that he translated from the English and sang on the YouTube below… Bojan wrote, “I managed to translate it so that the original thought stays the same while also rhyming like the original.” Jedan [...]
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 [...]
Connie wrote: I was hoping you could help me with an old Serbian rhyme. My mother-in-law grew up in a Serbian neighborhood. She always remembered one old rhyme. Now that she has Alzheimer's that poem is the only thing she connects too. Problem being we only know the beginning of it, [...]
Guest Blogger, Ed Gawlinski, has been involved in many cultural organizations throughout his life. Here, he discusses Easter traditions in several Eastern European cultures. A common custom is to color hard boiled eggs for Easter. We usually colored them on Good Friday, while eating hot cross [...]
This article was written by Monique Palomares who works with us on the French version of Mama Lisa’s World. We recently posted a Breton song about dwarves from the region in France known as Brittany. The song is called Ar C’horred (The Dwarfs). There’s a verse in the song [...]
Grit, or constancy of effort over time, is a key to success in life… this holds true for bothstudents at school andadults at work. Grit is more predictive than IQ and SAT scores. When we talk about grit, we’re talking about “passion and perseverance for long-term goals.” [...]
Kimberly wrote looking for help with a Hungarian rhyme. Here’s the question she emailed us: Hi Lisa, I love your website because I spent three years teaching at a bilingual preschool in Budapest and I loved it! I remember one of the Hungarian teachers playing a game with the children that I [...]
Renee Dickens wrote to us asking for help with a childhood song: “My grandmother used to sing a Norwegian song or rhyme she called ‘Ree Dee Dunkin’. No one in our family can find anything about it. It would be really great to have the actual song with all the words. Your help [...]
Comics are a great way to learn foreign languages! There’s a dual language comic by LA Johnson on NPR about dual language learning for children. You can read it here. In addition to being interesting, the comic mentions “Eenie, Meenie Miney Moe” in Spanish. It’s called, Tin [...]
Here’s a tongue twister for you… it’s simply, “Black bug’s blood.” Try to say it… it’s harder than it seems… but it’s fun! Here’s an MP3 Recording of Black Bug’s Blood. Thanks to Jason Pomerantz for the recording and to Lee [...]
(In Serbian and English)
Lots of online children's books in Serbian
Music school in Serbia
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A Mama Lisa Book
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!