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One of the most well-known forms of Japanese poetry is Haiku.  Yet there are many other forms of poems in Japan and it’s interesting to learn about them. Haiku poetry follows a pattern of 5-7-5.  That means the 1st line has 5 syllables, the second line has 7 and the third line has 5 syllables.  Haiku...
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Eating bugs might sound disgusting to most of us today, but some people used to love it!  Maybugs or Cockchafers used to be a great nuisance to crops in Europe.  People were encouraged to hunt them down to lower their population.  There’s even a French song about hunting Maybugs called Il était un petit homme...
Here’s a video from Malawi of two guys singing a nice little song.  The song is sung in English and Chichewa.  The English lyrics are: "Because I’m a lonely lad who cannot find my way." If anyone knows the Chichewa lyrics (with a translation if possible), please comment below or email me. Thanks! Mama Lisa PS We’ve just added a...
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The great American poet Maya Angelou passed away today at 86.  In honor of her life and work, I’m posting this recording she did of her children’s poem, "Life Doesn’t Frighten Me at All".  You can listen to it below. RIP Maya Angelou.
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One summer, my husband and I visited Montreal where we had an amazing cucumber soup with a spoonful of raspberry sherbet in the middle.  I’ve been making this soup every summer since then.  It’s a wonderful meal on a hot day. Recipe for Creamy Cold Cucumber Soup with Raspberry Sherbet Ingredients 6 Small Cucumbers (peeled, seeded and...
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The following video features a song in Mongolian and English by the group, Modern Children.  It’s based on a Mongolian folk song.  Here are the Mongolian lyrics that the kid sings at the beginning of the video and the band later sings the same verse: Mongolian Pronunciation: Nana nana NaaSir Shuder Shuder Tsasai ...
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I highly recommend the History of English Podcast.
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Today is the 215th anniversary of the birth of British paleontologist, Mary Anning (1799 – 1847). Mary Anning collected fossils and contributed important information about prehistoric life to the scientific community. She supported herself selling fossils to geologists and to tourists.  She was a seller of seashells!  It’s believed that the tongue twister, "She sells...
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We’ve just added a song from Greenland to Mama Lisa’s World!  It’s called Piitaq uumaa (Frère Jacques in Greenlandic).  We’ve included an English translation and a video to hear it sung.  Check it out! -Mama Lisa
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Mama Lisa’s World’s "Lullabies Around the World" App is now in the app store! It features over 50 lullabies with recordings by professional musicians and also by ordinary people who have contributed them to us to help preserve their culture. We’ve included beloved favorites from all over the world like "Fais dodo, Colas mon p’tit frère...
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Mother’s Day is celebrated in May in many countries. One great way to express love to a mom is through a song or poem.  We have many Mother’s Day poems and songs from around the world on Mama Lisa’s World.  Here are some songs and poems for Mother’s Day: Happy Mother’s Day! -Mama Lisa Image:  Boulevard...
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We’ve recently added songs from two countries in Oceania – Fiji and Tonga.  These two countries are located in the South Pacific Ocean.  You can find the songs at the links below…   Traditional Fijian Songs (Farewell Song)   Tongan Songs (A Lullaby) If you click on the map above you can see where these islands...
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We recently added two folk songs from Guyana to Mama Lisa’s World. They’re both in Guyanese Creole.  Both have videos so you can hear the songs being sung. One is called Auntie Bess and the other is Itaname. Enjoy! – Mama Lisa
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Monique wrote from France, "I just caught the end of the Spanish news on T.V.  The lady presenting the weather forecast said a proverb about April: ‘Buenos amigos y buenos abriles, uno entre miles.’  Meaning, ‘Good friends and good Aprils, one out of thousands.’" Thanks for sharing the proverb and your photo Monique! -Mama Lisa Monique Palomares works...
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Central America consists of the seven countries.  Mama Lisa’s World now has songs from each of these countries. Click on the links below to access our songs from Central America.  Traditional Songs from Belize   Kids Songs from Costa Rica   Children’s Songs from El Salvador   Children’s Songs from Guatemala   Lullaby from Honduras   Kids Song and Poem from Nicaragua   Traditional Songs from Panama  Feel free...
Listen below to some beautiful folk guitar music from Paraguay… Enjoy! Mama Lisa
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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 ...
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This seasonal recipe for Takikomi Gohan (mixed rice) was sent by Ayako Egawa in Japan.  Takikomi Gohan is made with rice and seasonal ingredients and is made to celebrate the changing season. Here’s Ayako’s note on the dish, along with her recipe… "Lisa is very curious about our food in Japan. So I’d like to...
The Atlantic surveyed how people start a conversation all across the U.S.  Below you can hear what some people said… The Geography of Small Talk from The Atlantic on Vimeo. How do you start a conversation where you’re from? -Mama Lisa

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We are trying to find the lyrics to this lovely traditional song from Sierra Leone.  It’s in the Mende language. If anyone can help with the lyrics and/or a translation, please let us know in the comments below.  We would love to add this song to Mama Lisa’s World! Thanks! -Mama Lisa Read more »

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