November 14th, 2016
Canadian singer and songwriter, Leonard Cohen passed away last week. He was 82 years old. Cohen is best known as the writer of the popular song "Hallelujah". In honor of his life it seems fitting to listen to his rendition of the song. You can hear it in the YouTube video below… I’ve […]
November 9th, 2016
We recently posted a Japanese song called The Sound of Insects – 虫のこえ (Mushi no Koe). In the process of researching the song, I found out that Japanese and Chinese people sometimes keep crickets as pets. The practice was more common in Japan in the past, but it seems some people still do it. The […]
November 4th, 2016
We’ve added a song from Torres Strait Islands! It’s called Taba Naba and it’s in the Meriam Mir language. There’s a sitting-dance that goes with the song that’s fun to learn! About the Torres Strait Islands The Torres Strait Islands consists of a group of 274 small islands that lie in the Torres Strait waterway […]
October 27th, 2016
We came across the Indonesian choosing game called "Pipo, Pipo". You can see it played in the video below… (The game looks like a lot of fun!) We asked Innosanto Nagara who has helped us with Indonesian songs in the past about the rhyme. Here’s what he wrote, I’m not familiar with that one. […]
October 26th, 2016
"Ichijiku Ninjin" is a fun Japanese song we just learned that’s a play on words. In the song you count from 1 to 10 while listing vegetables that have similar sounds to the numbers. You can learn Ichijiku Ninjin on our song page where we give a literal translation. We tried to make an English […]
October 24th, 2016
"The Whale" was written by American author Ellis Parker Butler (1869 – 1937). Below you can read this jocular poem and listen to two different recordings… MP3 Recording of The Whale (Read by Tovarisch) MP3 Recording of The Whale (Read by Beth Thomas) The Whale by Ellis Parker Butler The Whale is found in seas […]
October 20th, 2016
Garifuna history begins around 1675 when a slave ship holding West Africans shipwrecked near the island of St. Vincent. The West Africans escaped and hid with the indigenous people who were Carib Amerindians and Arawaks. Over time the West Africans intermarried with the local people. This new group came to be called the Garifuna. Over […]
October 19th, 2016
Here’s an interesting little video about how the names and places in the Harry Potter books were translated… including names like Hogwarts, Tom Riddle, Diagon Alley, etc. What a nightmare to translate! lol Enjoy! Mama Lisa
October 18th, 2016
Bob Dylan was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature this month. It’s great for the world to have the literary value of songs recognized. The more I work with songs from around the world, the more I see that many are poems set to music. Only one other musician has ever been awarded the Nobel […]
October 12th, 2016
We’re happy to announce we just added a Freedom Song from the Virgin Islands! The song is called Clear de Road. Check out the link to find the song with lyrics with two YouTube videos. Meanwhile, you can listen to a lovely Virgin Islands song called "Moonlight"… We believe it’s traditional. If anyone can share […]
October 3rd, 2016
Noodle Kugel is also called Lokshen Kugel. It’s a traditional dish that’s served for the Jewish holidays and the Sabbath in the US and Israel. This version is sweet and so it’s very good for Rosh Hashanah to symbolize a sweet New Year. Both adults and children love Noodle Kugel and I make it every […]
September 23rd, 2016
Check out the online Native American Audio Collections. It includes recordings of songs and conversations. Some of the songs are lullabies, dance songs and greeting songs. The recordings come from the following tribes: Abenaki Cherokee Cocopa Delaware Mandan Mobilian Ottawa Penobscot Quileute Tuscarora Yuki Enjoy! Feel free to share other interesting Native American resources in […]
September 15th, 2016
Ayako wrote to us from Japan about the Full Moon Festival called Jugoya. Hi, Lisa It’s Jugoya tonight. I enjoyed the full moon tonight. At Jugoya, we offer rice dumplings to the full moon. I also arranged Ikebana, a type of Japanese flower arrangement, for Jugoya this year. I used pampass grass, Japanese gentian, garbella, […]
September 11th, 2016
The Fog was written by Lola Ridge (1883 – 1941), an Irish-American poet. You can listen to two recitations of the poem below and read along with the text… The Fog – 1st Recording The Fog – 2nd Recording The Fog By Lola Ridge Out of the lamp-bestarred and clouded dusk - Snaring, illuding, concealing, […]
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 30th, 2016
Singer and Songwriter Sarah Aroeste has shared with us one of her lively Ladino children’s songs. Ladino is a Judeo-Spanish dialect that was originated by Spanish Jews after their expulsion from Spain in 1492. Those who left Spain, including Aroeste’s family, carried the medieval language with them to the various points where they later settled, […]
August 27th, 2016
Archimusic on YouTube has 25 lovely videos of people in Africa singing lullabies from their childhood. They’re not accompanied by the lyrics. But they’re beautiful all the same! Check it out! -Mama Lisa
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 22nd, 2016
We’ve added Guam to Mama Lisa’s World! Guam is an island located in the North Pacific Ocean. The native Chamorro name for the island is "Guahan", which means "we have" or "ours". It comes from the idea that they have everything they need. The official languages of Guam are English and Chamorro. Chamarro is a […]
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 […]
August 15th, 2016
123 Andrés shared a fun, sweet Spanish vowel song with us called Dame una A (Give me an A). This song is inspired by the upbeat sounds and instruments of the Brazilian samba! You can watch Andrés video of the song below, then read along with the Spanish lyrics, followed by an English translation… Dame […]
August 12th, 2016
We’re proud to announce the launch of our Kids Songs around the World downloadable book! It includes 100 songs from across the globe in their original languages and with English translations. Many include sheet music, illustrations and links to where you can hear the songs or watch a YouTube. Check out our new Mama Lisa […]
August 5th, 2016
Summer is the perfect time for zucchini bread! This recipe is made with oatmeal flour replacing half of the all-purpose flour. I like it because it still has a light taste (not heavy like whole wheat flour). Yet oatmeal flour is very healthy! In the recipe below you’ll see that the walnuts and chocolate chips […]
July 29th, 2016
The poem "Do You Know?” was written by American poet, Edith Colby Banfield. It’s about one of my favorite creatures… fairies! You can listen to a recording of the poem below and read along with the text… MP3 of Do You Know? Do You Know? Do you know That you can go In the early […]
July 28th, 2016
Sara Quintanar, is an Elementary School Music Educator, bilingual songwriter, and performance artist. Frustrated by the lack of early childhood music classes in Spanish, she established Music With Sara. She sings Spanish and English songs to help teach the love of Spanish to children. Sara shared with us her song called Boom Shaka Boom Boom. […]
"A Rose" by Emily Dickinson is a pretty little poem that evokes summertime. You can listen to it below and read along with the text… MP3 of A Rose A Rose A sepal, petal, and a thorn Upon a common summer’s morn, A flash of dew, a bee or two, A breeze A caper […]
July 27th, 2016
Chances are if you’ve enjoyed songs by Mickey Mouse, Kermit the Frog, Winnie the Pooh, Bear in the Big Blue House, Big Bird, Yertyl the Turtle, Ariel, Jasmine, Belle, Sebastian the Crab, and Larry the Cucumber, you know Dave Kinnoin. Dave has written songs for some of the most beloved characters in movies and on […]
The poem "Wishing" by Ella Wheeler Wilcox is filled with sage advice about how to make the world a better place. You can listen to an mp3 of it here and read along with the text below… MP3 Recording of Wishing Wishing Do you wish the world were better? Let me tell you what to […]
July 25th, 2016
Sadao Mazuka wrote to us about the historical relationship between Japan and Holland… Relationship between Japan & Holland First of all, please keep in mind the historical background of the 15th to 17th centuries. These centuries were called "The Age of Great Navigation" of European ships. There was religious conflict among Catholic countries, Spain & […]
July 17th, 2016
"Summer" is a lovely poem written by English poet, Christina Rossetti (1830 – 1894). It reminds me of those endless summer days of childhood, when you take the time to observe every little flower, bird and spider. Below you can listen to a recording of Summer while reading along with the text… MP3 Recording of […]
July 8th, 2016
The Muslim holiday Eid marks the end of Ramadan fasting. Muslim Indonesians celebrate by visiting their families and having a special feast. Lin Fadelan wrote to us from Indonesia about the food eaten there for Eid… Ied’l Fitr is popularly called Lebaran in Indonesia. The feast here in Jakarta, Indonesia consists of pot luck meals […]
July 6th, 2016
I discovered this amazing watermelon salad at a party on Memorial Day. It was created by my friend Julie. I decided to make it this year for July 4th. It was a hit! It’s really simple. Here’s how you make it… Recipe for Watermelon Blueberry Salad Ingredients: 1 Seedless Watermelon, 2+ pints of Blueberries, Mint […]
June 20th, 2016
The Pig and The Sheep is a little Aesop’s fable. You can listen to it below and read along with the text… MP3 Recording of The Pig and The Sheep The Pig and The Sheep A Pig found his way into a meadow where a flock of Sheep were grazing. The shepherd caught him, and […]
June 19th, 2016
Here’s a short, little Aesop’s Fable called The Moon and Her Mother with an mp3 recording… MP3 Recording of The Moon and Her Mother The Moon and Her Mother The Moon once begged her Mother to make her a gown. "How can I?" replied she; "there’s no fitting your figure. At one time you’re a […]
June 11th, 2016
Infant Joy is a beautiful poem by William Blake from his collection of poems that he illustrated himself in 1789 called, "Songs of Innocence". Here you can see his lovely illustration and listen to the poem while you read along… MP3 Recording of Infant Joy Infant Joy I have no name: I am but two […]
June 9th, 2016
In America, we celebrate dad on the 3rd Sunday of June by treating him to his favorite meal or spending quality time doing something he loves. But that’s not the case in every country. Every culture has their own ways to show appreciation to their fathers. For example, in South Africa families go fishing or […]
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 7th, 2016
Ayako Egawa wrote to us about her visit to the Ginkaku-ji Temple… "I went to Kyoto and visited the Ginkaku-ji Temple. Ginkaku-ji Temple translates as the "Temple of the Silver Pavilion”. It’s a world cultural heritage site here in Japan. The Japanese Shogun Ashikaga Yoshimasa commissioned the temple as a retirement home. He was a […]
May 27th, 2016
The angklung is a musical instrument from Indonesia that’s made of 2 or more bamboo tubes attached to a bamboo frame. Each tube is tuned to a specific octave. The instrument is held with one hand at the top of the frame, while the other hand near the bottom shakes it to make the sound. […]
May 25th, 2016
Welcome Songs and Goodbye Songs are very popular in many countries in Africa. They’re often sung in schools when there’s a visitor. Here’s a sweet song from Uganda that’s sung by schoolchildren from the town of Igana. You’ll find the lyrics below followed by a YouTube… Welcome Song I’m so excited on top of the […]
May 4th, 2016
Yodeling began as a way of communicating over long distances in mountainous regions. It’s believed that people as early as the Stone Ages yodeled! To yodel you alternate the voice between low and high pitches.The low pitches come from the chest and the high pitches come from the head region. Try yodeling, "yodel-ay hee ho" […]
Renee Dickens wrote to us asking for help with a childhood song: “My grandmother used to sing a Norwegian song or rhyme she called ‘Ree Dee Dunkin’. No one in our family can find anything about it. It would be really great to have the actual song with all the words. Your help [...]
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