(Around My Thoughts and Heart)
(Fa, Fa and Flutter)
(Flee, Flee Folks)
(Happy Birthday to You )
(Hear, Smith of the Heavens)
(My Grandpa and My Grandma)
(My Grandpa Went on His Horse Red)
(My Little Sister Sigga)
(One Little, Two Little, Three Little Fingers)
Finger Naming Rhyme
Please contribute a traditional song or rhyme from your country.
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Articles about the music, culture and traditions of Iceland and more.
Icelandic Pancakes are called Pönnukökur. They’re served for breakfast and also for special occasions. They’re more like French crepes than thick American pancakes. These pancakes are mainly served two ways, either sprinkled with sugar and rolled up or covered in blueberry (or [...]
Nancy Bienski wrote me: Can anyone translate this Icelandic nursery song? Mér um hug og hjarta nú Mér um hug og hjarta nú hljómar sætir líða. Óma vorljóð óma þú út um grundir víða. [...]
Julie and Beth wrote looking for the origins of two Scandinavian rhymes that are played with little kids while touching their toes. We’re wondering if anyone’s ever heard of these rhymes and perhaps knows what country they’re from and/or anything else about their origins. [...]
I just received some nursery rhymes from Iceland. Since Iceland’s not yet on Mama Lisa’s World, I’ll post one here now as a sneak preview. It’s called My Little Sister Sigga. Here it is in Icelandic, followed by an English translation… Sigga litla systir mín [...]
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 [...]
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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!