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Mein Hut, der hat drei Ecken
(German Kids Song)
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Mein Hut, der hat drei Ecken
My Hat Has Three Corners
Children's Song
(German)
Children's Song
(English)

Mein Hut, der hat drei Ecken - German Children's Songs - Germany - Mama Lisa's World: Children's Songs and Rhymes from Around the World, Intro Image


Mein Hut, der hat drei Ecken,
Drei Ecken hat mein Hut,
Und hätt er nicht drei Ecken,
So wär es nicht mein Hut.

My hat has three corners,
Three corners has my hat,
Had it not three corners,
It wouldn't be my hat.
 
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Notes

Nathalie wrote:

I am a native English speaker, and I learned it as:

My hat it has three corners,
Three corners has my hat,
And had it not three corners,
It would not be my hat.

I think with that version the rhythm is much better, and closer to the original German.

Regards,
Natalie.

Game Instructions

This song is usually repeated 5 times, with specific gestures accompanying each repetition.

Each gesture is associated with a word in the song. Here they are:

For the word 'my', point to your body.
For the word 'hat', point to your head.
For the word 'three', hold up three fingers in your hand.
For the word 'corner', press your fist to your shoulder and use your other hand to point to your elbow.

1st repetition: Sing all the words and make all the gestures.
2nd repetition: Remain silent during the word 'my' and make the appropriate gesture.
3rd repetition: Remain silent during the words 'my' and 'hat' and make the appropriate gestures.
4th repetition: Remain silent during the words 'my', 'hat', and 'three' and make the appropriate gestures.
5th repetition: Remain silent during the words 'my', 'hat', 'three' and 'corners' and make the appropriate gestures.

Thanks and Acknowledgements

Many thanks to Ulrike Bernhard for contributing this song and to Maguy Cabrol for translating it into French. Thanks also to Monique Palomares for the English translation and the midi music. Many thanks to Lisa Stephan from the German Australian Playschool in Canberra, Australia, for the picture. Thanks to Nathalie for sending the English version of this song!

Vielen Dank!

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