March 18th, 2016
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 Sunday. In Italy and […]
June 4th, 2015
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 advanced French learner, so I understand enough […]
April 14th, 2015
Watch Darth Vader say, "I am your father" to Luke Skywalker in the Star Wars movie in 20 different languages (as dubbed in the movies). You can see a list of the languages with their voice actors below the video. Languages and Voice Actors: English (Original) – James Earl Jones Spanish (1980) – Isidro Olace […]
December 19th, 2014
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 […]
June 18th, 2014
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 from […]
March 20th, 2014
Laura wrote asking for help with a Czech song. Here’s her question: Dear Mama Lisa, I am trying to find out about an old Czech Song that our Uncle Bob would sing at the end of every visit as he would leave. He would put his finger on the top of his head and turn […]
November 18th, 2011
Can anyone help with any of these questions from our readers about some Czech songs? Some of the lyrics are written phonetically in their letters to us. 1. Song about 2 Cats Hello! I’m looking for a Czech nursery song about a boy and two cats, probably one white and one black. I’m interested in […]
November 9th, 2011
Yael wrote asking for help with song songs. Here’s her letter: Hi Lisa, I was so excited when I came across your website – how wonderful it is! I was hoping to find out the lyrics of two songs my grandmother used to sing to me, which I think are in Czech or Slovak. Here […]
April 19th, 2011
Sarah wrote: Hello, I’ve been looking for some time for the words to 3 different songs that my grandmother would sing or recite to me and my small children. I don’t know Czech, so all the words are phonetic guesses. 1. The first is about clapping hands. She would put the baby’s hands together when […]
January 26th, 2010
Vinny wrote asking for help with a song… Lisa, My grandmother used to sing this Czech song to my sister and I at bedtime. I am spelling out the sounds which is as close as I can come. I think it is about chocolate. Ovra nazi zeem abeela Ona samu leebeela Vashee la mu chi […]
November 17th, 2009
Lewis Grimm wrote: Hi. My grandmother used to sing a children’s song to me in Czech or Slovak. I believe it is about a little hunter. It went along the lines of (phonetically): Ya simali nissli vechek… Any ideas? If anyone can help Lewis, please let us know in the comments below. Thanks! Lisa
October 14th, 2009
Anna wrote: Do you know the nursery rhyme that begins: Hou-py, hou-py, hou-py, Ko-cka sue-dla krou-py Do-cour hruch I’ll try my best to write this poem-rhyme out for you. Of course, I will not be able to add the correct accent marks, punctuations marks, etc. The writing I have to copy is very small, so […]
February 22nd, 2009
We’d love it if you’d join the Mama Lisa Facebook Group. You can post anything you’d like about your culture. You can post your own musical recordings or YouTube videos… Links to culture and musical sites… Photos of your country… Questions about songs or cultural issues… Anything related to World Culture and Music… Click on […]
December 4th, 2008
Good King Wenceslas was written in 1853 by the Englishman John Mason Neale. The tune is from “Tempus Adest Floridum”, a spring carol from the 13th Century. I’ve posted these lyrics before. Since then, there’s been an explosion of videos on YouTube. It seemed like a good time to post this wonderful song again, with […]
August 27th, 2008
Dave wrote: Hello! I came across your website and it’s fantastic! There is a kid’s song that I’m dying to find out if 1) it’s Czech and 2) if you’ve heard it and know what it actually means. It would be amazing if you could help me with this one. Here is the phonetic version, […]
February 23rd, 2008
As Easter approaches, it’s natural to think a little about eggs! In days gone by the egg, due to its shape, was a symbol of the earth. Thanks to its obvious association with the beginning of life, it has also been the basis of many ancient creation stories. It has been a symbol of fertility, […]
February 20th, 2008
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 buns… Hot cross buns, Hot cross buns, one ha’ […]
October 2nd, 2007
Jennifer wrote: My husband’s aunt always does a little hand rhyme/song with my children that goes something like, “smudgala mischka krukeelaka….” I know I’m butchering the spelling and I’m trying to find the correct words and the meaning of this Czech rhyme in English. My daughter wants to share it with her class for a […]
January 20th, 2007
Julie wrote: I’m looking for the old czech rhyme/finger play ditty my grandma used to play with me. It was about an insect-spider who crawls up (your arm) finds a hole (ear) and crawls in (tickle ear). It phonectically sounds like “broczech leza pludla meza daya jerka tomza leza”. Ideally, I would like the actual […]
November 30th, 2006
A significant part of the Mama Lisa sites is a large collection of songs and nursery rhymes from around the world. We currently have about 750 songs from around 90 countries and cultures. When you consider how many languages there are in those cultures – that’s a lot of information! In order to make it […]
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