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The creepy Hearse Song (The Worms Crawl In) is very popular at Halloween time. There are many versions. Here’s one with a recording. You can find more Halloween Songs on Mama Lisa’s World. Enjoy! Mama Lisa Image: Thanks to Gracie Gralike for the great drawing!
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I’m so excited!  I just discovered a major collection of online recordings of children’s singing games! Iona and Peter Opie are among the world’s top collectors of English nursery rhymes and kids songs.  When working on Mama Lisa’s World, I refer to their research quite a bit.  They published one of the most comprehensive collections of...
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Did you ever wonder whether specific proverbs and idiomatic expressions are still used in the English language?  Here I discuss some phrases that begin with the letter "A" and how well-known they are.  These proverbs are specifically about animals.  They can be found on the site The Phrase Finder.  The discussion here is specially from...
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Wynken, Blynken and Nod is a beloved bedtime poem about sailing in the sky in a wooden shoe and fishing for the stars.  The names "Wynken", "Blynken" and "Nod" represent a child’s sleepy eyes and head.  The wooden shoe symbolizes his bed.  He dreams of the stars while his mother sings him to sleep.  This...
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"The Swing" is a poem that describes something all kids have thought of while swinging… What if I went really high up on the swing? What would I see? You can read "The Swing" below and listen to a wonderful recording of it. It was recited by a boy named Willy.  MP3 Recording of The Swing The...
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Here’s a wonderful song for preschoolers and kindergartners to learn about the head and face. This song is sung in English in Cameroon, Africa.  It was sung for us by Nyango M. Nambangi. MP3 Recording of I Have a Head I Have a Head I have a head, a head, I have a head,...
Kim wrote asking for help with a Ukrainian rhyme her grandmother sings.  She would like the correct spelling.  Here’s Kim’s email along with a recording in which her grandmother sang the rhyme… Hi, My Grandmother was trying to teach me the words today to this Ukrainian rhyme. I do not speak Ukrainian, and she cannot spell or...
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Shigin is a way of reciting poems in Japanese that most likely dates back to the 5th century.  The poems are chanted, often before an audience.    We’re lucky enough to have a Shigin recitation of the famous Haiku poem, “Furuike ya” (Old Pond).  The poem was recited by Shihoko Mazuka.  You can hear it below...
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I highly recommend the History of English Podcast.
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Rock-a-bye Baby is one of the best known lullabies of the English language.  Usually people only sing one verse (the 1st verse in the lyrics below).  Here’s a longer version that’s really sweet.  You can read the lyrics while listening to Frances Turnbull’s rendition below… MP3 of Long Version of Rock-a-bye Baby ...
"Eh hen" is a phrase from Cameroon that serves many purposes.  Nyango sent the recording below to explain its meanings (some of which depend upon the intonation)… Recording about the Cameroonian Phrase "Eh hen" I listed the definitions below in the order that Nyango mentions them. Here are the meanings of "eh hen" in Cameroonian: 1. I’m shocked 2. I...
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Here’s a very little French tale called "Gâteau" by Jules Lemaître.  The story is about two kids trying to share cake.  It’s in French with an English translation and a French recording. MP3 of Gâteau On avait donné à deux enfants un gros gâteau et un petit, en leur disant: "Partagez !" Les deux enfants étaient une petite fille...
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Check out Mama Lisa’s World’s New Christmas Carol App for $1.99! Featuring… -75 Beloved Carols from Around the World. -Each carol includes lyrics in the original language, with an English translation. -Each includes recordings, some by professional musicians, but many by ordinary people who have contributed them to us, to help preserve...
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Here’s a poem called "A Boy’s Song" by Scottish poet, James Hogg, with a fun musical recording by Ezwa. Recording of A Boy’s Song A Boy’s Song By James Hogg   Where the pools are bright and deep,            Where the grey trout lies asleep,       Up the river and over the lea, That’s the way...
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The Gettysburg Address is a speech by Abraham Lincoln delivered exactly 150 years ago from this day.  It’s one of the most well-known American speeches.  It was delivered during the Civil War, 4 1/2 months after the Union Army beat the Confederacy in the Battle of Gettysburg.  It was given during the dedication of the...
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Toby Salmon from the band Kinkajous was kind enough to share a recording of the Jamaican song Mango Time with us.  The recording comes from his new cd called Nursery Rhymes by The Kinkajous. The cd features a collection of 30 nursery rhymes with Caribbean flavor made for little ones and grown ups. Here’s Kinkajous...
This week our kids went back to school where I live.  Parents had Meet-the-Teacher Night where they meet their children’s teachers and hear about the year to come.  My daughter’s Math teacher read the following poem to us about how teachers and parents have to work together to help children learn and develop.  The poem...
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Here’s a cute little song called Eight Little Letters Make Three Little Words (I love you) about love and marriage.  The song was written by Bert Kalmar (1884-1947), music by Ted Snyder (1881-1965).  Below you can listen to an mp3 recording and read along with the lyrics… MP3 of Eight Little Letters Make Three Little Words....
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Here’s the poem The Gossamer Spider by Charlotte M. Yonge with an mp3 recording… MP3 of The Gossamer Spider The Gossamer Spider   Creature no bigger than a pin, Most wonderful of all that spin, An acrobatic fairy. Nay, what rope dancer from himself Can draw his lines, like this...
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Italian singer and songwriter, Giada de Gioia sent us the following song with this note, "I’d like to submit this song. I am the author of both lyrics and music. It was awarded in Bimbofestival 2011 as best lyrics of the whole competition. Published by Map Milano Italy." Here’s the mp3 recording, the song lyrics in...
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