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Kid Songs Around The World

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Songs and Rhymes by Continent…

Welcome to Mama Lisa's World, kids songs and nursery rhymes from across the globe!

Here you'll find the lyrics to children's songs from around the world in English and the original languages. Many songs include MP3's, Midi Tunes and Scores. Enjoy!

New contributions of songs and recordings are always encouraged!

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Here are some of Mama Lisa's recent posts about the music, culture and traditions of the world.
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    Check out Celebrating Christmas Musical Traditions Around the World to learn about different holiday traditions.  You can take a virtual holiday trip to Mexico, South Korea, Norway, Australia and Nigeria.  Enjoy! Mama Lisa Read more »
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    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, bel Bambin (Sleep, Sleep Beautiful Child) Tu scendi dalle stelle (You Come Down […] Read more »
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    Rest in Peace Norman Bridwell, creator of the kids books featuring Clifford the Big Red Dog. I’ll always remember reading stacks of Clifford books with my son Calvin when he was young.  They helped him learn how to read! Bridwell has left an enduring legacy with his books that children and parents will read for […] Read more »
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    Ray Lee, who grew up in Hong Kong, wrote, "We played all these when we were kids... The bottom right is Chinese Chess. Adults play that too. The other three are for kids. They don’t really have English names. Top left is ??? (Jungle). It’s like chess in that there are two opposing players/sides and […] Read more »
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    Nettles are a spiky leafy plant found in much of the world.  The leaves can be eaten, but you need to use gloves when picking and cooking nettles since they’re prickly. Once they’re cooked they become soft. (Note: You don’t want to eat them once they’ve started flowering.) Nettles can be found in various recipes […] Read more »
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    Shirley Pitcher wrote to me from Australia about a family tradition, handed down from her great-grandmother who came from North Ireland, to eat Nettle Cake or Eccles Cake on New Year’s Eve. Here’s Shirley’s letter followed by a recipe I found for Eccles Cake: The Great-Grandma I remember – Her name was Rosa – she […] Read more »
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    Ayako wrote to me about two popular Christmas songs from the Philippines that she learnt recently. Here’s her letter: Hi, Lisa I learned these Christmas songs from my English teacher.  She is from the Philippines. She told me that about 80% of Filipinos are Catholic and go to church about for 2 weeks ahead of […] Read more »
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    The feast of St. Nicholas is celebrated by some people in the US, usually those with German ancestors.  The holiday takes place on the night of December 5th to the morning of the 6th. Shoes or stockings are left out for St. Nick to fill with gifts.   Here’s what Donna Berich wrote about it from […] Read more »
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    Sadao Mazuka wrote to us from Japan about Japanese idiomatic expressions about cats.  Here’s his email: Hi Lisa, I was very much interested in your blog post, "Animal Names used as Terms of Endearment" that was written by Monique. I don't think we have any phrases about a child or spouse with a connection like […] Read more »
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    It’s almost the time of year when many of us will be preparing gingerbread houses with our families! We don’t often think of it but, of course, gingerbread houses are associated with the story of Hansel and Gretel. They’re lured into the home of the witch in the forest since it’s made of gingerbread and […] Read more »
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