January 12th, 2018
The game of Five Stones is also known as Knucklebones. It’s a time-honored game that was played in ancient Greece, Rome and even earlier. Nowadays, in the US it’s played with jacks. In some parts of the world it’s played with 5 flat stones or pebbles. In other places, it’s played with the ankle or knee bones […]
January 4th, 2018
Mama Lisa’s World is 20 years old this year! Over the many years, we’ve been collecting songs with many versions around the world usually in different languages. Some examples are “Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star”, “Happy Birthday to You” and “Frère Jacques”. Over the past couple of months, we’ve been working on making these songs available to you […]
January 17th, 2017
"Grandmas Project is a collaborative web-series sharing the recipes and stories of grandmas around the world, filmed by their grandchildren." What a wonderful idea! Check it out at Grandmas Project. There "you can watch films, apply as a filmmaker, explore recipes, share stories about your own grandma – and more." Enjoy! Mama Lisa
September 7th, 2016
The World Digital Library makes available on the Internet material from all countries and cultures, free of charge and in a multilingual format. It makes it possible to discover, study, and enjoy cultural treasures and significant historical documents on one site. Content includes books, manuscripts, maps, newspapers, journals, prints and photographs, sound recordings, and films. […]
August 24th, 2016
Check out Folk Dance Notes to find the instructions to many dances around the world… including the Alley Cat, Fandango, many mazurkas, tangos and waltzes… plus much more!
August 19th, 2016
We recently released our Kids Songs around the World downloadable book! It includes 100 songs from across the globe in their original languages and with English translations. I made a Spotify Mama Lisa’s Book of Kids Songs around the World Playlist to accompany the book. It includes 73 of the songs that are in the […]
February 2nd, 2016
"To Everyone in All the World" is a pretty little song about world peace and understanding. Two great musicians, Pete Seeger and Raffi have wonderful renditions of this song. It seems to have been written by Pete Seeger, though Raffi calls it "Traditional" on his cd. You can listen to the song in the YouTube […]
November 29th, 2015
Many words for mother (mama/nana) and father (papa/baba) are similar in many languages around the world. Linguists believe this is related to the first sounds that babies make. They’re the sounds that are the easiest to create… m, p, and b and the open vowel a. The people who are around the baby the most […]
February 25th, 2013
There are many variations in different languages of "mother" and "father". These are formal words that people use when referring to their parents. But most words used to address our parents directly are less formal. In the US, most people don’t say "mother’ and "father" when talking to their parents. Even when I was a […]
January 12th, 2013
Each language has its own unique words that don’t exist in other languages. Here are two links to blog posts about words that exist in other languages, but not in English. The 1st one includes an infographic… 21 Emotions for Which There are No Words in English 25 Handy Words That Simply Don’t Exist In […]
December 18th, 2011
I’ve been corresponding with Gian Carlo Macchi who’s from Italy about foods eaten for Christmas and Santa Lucia in Italy and how they differ from food eaten by Italian Americans the US (I’m an Italian American). We’ve also been discussing gift giving in both countries and greetings for the season. These comparisons are interesting! Here’s […]
September 15th, 2011
Here’s a fun podcast from Radiolab about Tic Tac Toe around the world.
Please contribute a traditional song or rhyme from your country.
100 Songs With Sheet Music And Links To Recordings
Whoever the children are in your life - your kids, your grandkids, your students, even yourself (in your heart) - Kid Songs Around The World is a wonderful way 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. (Over 350 pages!)
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've meant in their lives.
We hope this book will help foster a love of international children's songs!
This is a downloadable e-book, which you will gain access to immediately. (It is not a physical book.)