June 28th, 2017
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 marín de dos pingüé. You can hear a […]
June 8th, 2016
Home Language has some great videos for intermediate to advanced students to help you improve your French. Patricia from the site Parlez-vous Français covers tricky aspects of the French language such as when to use the subjunctive tense, which idiomatic expressions are widely used, when to use en versus y. The list goes on… As […]
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 […]
May 29th, 2015
Flashcards are a good way to pick up new vocabulary in a foreign language. It’s good to use them as a supplement to other resources, because if you only use flashcards, you’ll get bored very quickly! There are three flashcard apps I’ve been using over the past couple of months to help expand my French […]
April 1st, 2015
We’ve just started Mama Lisa’s French Facebook Group to discuss all things French! This group is for people who love French and would like to learn more about the language and culture. We’ll share French learning resources. We welcome recipes and traditions. We’d love to discuss French books, music and movies and other items of […]
February 11th, 2014
Pascal from Frenchy Bunny shared some creative language learning tips with us. You can read them below… I’m a self-taught guy, and I’ve learnt English with colors. No one ever suggested it to me, but I invented this trick to learn faster and make things easier and more fun. For learning vocabulary, I underlined nouns […]
February 4th, 2014
Believe it or not one tool I’ve found to help language learning is Facebook. Which is nice because so many people are already members. If you’re a Facebook member and want to improve your knowledge of a language, I have two ideas for you: 1. Join Facebook Groups or Pages in your target language. For […]
September 9th, 2013
Play the Great Language Game by trying to identify some eighty languages by their sound alone. It’s very challenging. Check it out!
April 17th, 2013
Monique was here visiting from France for the past two weeks and we worked on creating Spanish and French versions of our books and apps. (They should be available soon.) Here’s a link to our current books and apps.
June 19th, 2012
It can be difficult to roll your R’s when speaking in Spanish. This video gives some great tips to get those R’s a-rolling! Enjoy! Mama Lisa
February 17th, 2012
Open Culture has a page of free language learning links covering 40 languages. Here are some of the languages you can find links for… Arabic, English, Chinese, French, Spanish, Bulgarian, Catalan, Danish, Dutch, Esperanto, Finnish, Gaelic, German, Hebrew, Hindi, Hungarian, Indonesian, Irish, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Latin, Lithuanian, Luxembourgish, Maori, Norwegian, Portuguese, Polish, Romanian, Russian, Swahili, […]
January 27th, 2012
A while ago, I talked about how my daughter’s class made drawings illustrating the literal meanings of idiomatic expressions. This is a great way to help children, and people learning English as a second language, to understand these sayings.. One drawing my daughter did was an illustration of the expression "follow your nose". "Follow your […]
November 24th, 2010
You can now listen to and read My Very First Little German Book online or download them onto your computer. The book and recording are both in German and English. The book has nice little illustrations. View the 1st two pages of the book by clicking on the image above. The book includes a little […]
November 2nd, 2010
French Self-Taught, by Franz J. L. Thimm (1905) was just posted on Librivox with mp3 recordings. (You can listen to it streaming on Internet Archive if you prefer a player.) You can also read the book online while playing the recordings in the background. The recordings are broken down by chapter on subjects ranging from […]
September 29th, 2010
In my last post, I discussed how great it is to read books in foreign languages on the Kindle (an electronic device for reading). You can look up words in the other language in the middle of reading a passage. In order to do this you have to buy a foreign language dictionary for the […]
The Kindle is an Electronic device for reading books. In my previous post I talked about the Kindle and explained why I love reading on it. The Kindle works well for reading in foreign languages. I love reading in French, but the drawback is the time it takes to look up unknown words. If you […]
July 30th, 2010
Librivox just released another bunch of recordings of fairy tales in various languages, including Hungarian, Russian, German, English, Italian and Portuguese (with links to the text of each tale). This is the 3rd collection they’ve posted. Fairy Tale Collection #1 also includes recordings in Latvian, Danish, Romanian, Yiddish and French. You can also check out […]
June 8th, 2009
Hello songs are a wonderful way to help children who are learning a foreign language. It’s also nice for children to always sing the same song at the beginning of a class. Hello songs are great for this. The song below is called “Bonjour”. It’s a French hello song written and sung by Alain Le […]
April 21st, 2009
The Spanish Wrangler sings really fun music for kids! The songs are mainly in English, but they’re peppered with Spanish words and phrases. Most of the songs tell a story – which children love. What a great way to expose kids to the Spanish language! The Wrangler’s music is cool. You feel like you’re sauntering […]
December 17th, 2008
Here are some new and old language tools worth mentioning… Speech Accent Archive – If you’d like to hear or study accents in English check out this site. People from all over the world recite a paragraph in English. Internet Slang Dictionary & Translator – also translates internet acronyms like lol Nice Translator – Uses […]
June 26th, 2008
All cultures seem to have their share of disgusting songs. They may gross you out – but they can make you laugh – even as adults! Here’s one I believe is originally from Spain called Yo tengo un moco – I Have a Booger! You can see a silly YouTube video of it after the […]
May 19th, 2008
There’s no better way to learn a foreign language than to hear it spoken. The internet can be a great tool for finding recordings that can help, but sometimes it can be hard to find what you need. Fortunately, the good folks at Open Culture have done the work for us. Here’s an updated collection […]
February 11th, 2008
Ed Gawlinski, who’s been involved with various cultural organizations throughout his life, sent me this email… I get emails from AFS (American Field Service) from time to time. AFS is an organization that promotes cultural exchange. It was started by members of the United States’ volunteer ambulance corp (American Field Service) who served during World […]
February 3rd, 2008
My family and I are planning a trip to France! And, yes, that does include my six year old daughter and thirteen year old son. My husband and I are very excited, but we’re trying to go with our eyes open: It’s not going to be easy! Traveling with young ones is always a challenge, […]
January 3rd, 2008
I’ve been asked twice in the past week for free multilingual books. Here’s a link I found called Books in Multiple Languages. They have English children’s books with translations in Spanish, French, Polish, Italian, Romanian, German, Chinese, Finnish, Swedish, Maori, Greek, Dutch, Farsi (Persian), Afrikaans, Croatian, Turkish, Russian, Japanese, Ukrainian, Portuguese, Arabic, Hebrew, Pennsylvania Dutch, […]
November 26th, 2007
It’s interesting that in France they have children learn poetry as part of their schooling. Children have to memorize poems. Though difficult, memorization can help develop a special appreciation for poems. This is something that most of my generation in America didn’t really get as part of their general education. I often hear about people […]
Here is one last poem about Autumn before I focus on the topic of the upcoming December holiday season. I came upon this poem while looking for French podcasts to brush up on my French in anticipation of a trip to France in the Spring. There’s a whole podcast in French devoted to this poem […]
September 9th, 2007
I found an interesting feature in Webster’s Online Dictionary at http://www.websters-online-dictionary.org . If you set it to “Non-English” and type in a word – it will give you that word in all of the languages it has for the word, with the definition. That’s pretty interesting to see. For instance, the word “okay” exists in […]
May 3rd, 2007
We were recently fortunate enough to receive a selection of recordings of French kids songs, sung by a French music teacher, Tiphaine Woerth. Here’s a wonderful recording Tiphaine did of Ainsi Font, followed by the lyrics and an English translation. MP3 of Ainsi Font Ainsi font (French) Ainsi font, font, font Les petites marionnettes Ainsi […]
March 8th, 2007
In the United States, National Foreign Language Week is being celebrated this week. It’s normally held the first week of March each year. National Foreign Language Week was started 50 years ago, in 1957, by President Eisenhower to encourage Americans to learn a second language, thereby improving our communication with (and hopefully understanding of) the […]
December 22nd, 2006
While I have this link at hand, I’d like to recommend www.freedict.com. It’s a site devoted to free online language dictionaries. You can translate between English and the following languages: Afrikaans Danish Dutch Finnish French Hungarian Indonesian Italian Japanese Latin Norwegian Portuguese Russian Spanish Swahili Swedish I find that it can usually succeed at translating […]
December 4th, 2006
If you’re trying to learn a new language, I’d recommend checking out LanguageGuide.org. Users visit different theme related pages (i.e. about insects, the family, the farm). Each page has images related to the theme. You place your cursor over the images and hear their names pronounced and see them spelled out in the language you […]
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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.)