"I want to contribute a song for 2-3 year old children. It is a Palestinian (origin) song about counting from 1-10. The song is about the shapes of the numbers in Arabic, when they learn to write them down." -NiviN Jayusi
You can find the pronunciation for this song in the Song Notes.
One is a Stick
السبعة بتشكر الله
العشرة الها نقطة
One is a stick
And Two is shooting*
And Three has teeth
And Four shakes
And Five is round
And Six is sad
And Seven thanks god
And Eight prays
And Nine is a crutch
Ten has a dot.**
*As in shooting a Pistol
**When you write Ten in Arabic it looks like ( I . ) The dot is a zero in Arabic.
Below are the Arabic Numbers written from 1 to 10 so you can better understand this rhyme since it's about the shapes of the numbers. The numbers below are written from left to right (normally the numbers are written from right to left since that's the direction in which you read in Arabic):
١,٢,٣,٤,٥,٦,٧,٨,٩, and ١٠
Wissabaa btushkor allah
Wilaashara elha noqta
aa = a kind of "ah" sound pronounce very deep in the throat
th = as in "thin"
kh = like "j" in Spain Spanish or "ch" in German "Bach"
q = "dark k", pronounced raising the soft palate
Thanks to NiviN Jayusi for recording this song for us!
Thanks and Acknowledgements
Many thanks to NiviN Jayusi for sharing this song with the translation and pronunciation.
Thanks to Emmanuel Aghazarm for help with the Arabic!
Illustration by Monique Palomares.