November 21st, 2016
Recently, Ayako Egawa wrote to us from Japan about how teachers in different countries use different symbols to mark right and wrong answers in school. She wrote: "I enjoy my teaching job and I found an interesting cultural difference between Japan and other countries. It’s about how to mark correct and incorrect answers. In Japan, […]
December 19th, 2014
Season’s greetings! At Mama Lisa’s World there’s no time of year we love better than the holidays! We’re happy to announce that we’ve recently added the following Christmas Carols to Mama Lisa’s World with mp3 recordings and YouTube videos: Italian Dormi, dormi, bel Bambin (Sleep, Sleep Beautiful Child) Tu scendi dalle stelle (You Come Down […]
December 9th, 2014
Ayako wrote to me about two popular Christmas songs from the Philippines that she learnt recently. Here’s her letter: Hi, Lisa I learned these Christmas songs from my English teacher. She is from the Philippines. She told me that about 80% of Filipinos are Catholic and go to church about for 2 weeks ahead of […]
June 9th, 2014
The expression "to tie the knot" means "to get married". There are several places where tied knots have been connected to marriage and love. During Roman times, brides wore a belt or girdle at their wedding tied in a Hercules Knot. Only the groom was allowed to untie it (the unloosening was supposed to be […]
June 27th, 2012
Mel wrote asking for help with a rhyme. Here’s his email: I’m looking for a Tagalog nursery rhyme, but I don’t know the title. Here’s all of the lyrics that I can remember. I’m looking for the ‘title’ and any remaining verses. Thank you. I have two hands The left and the right Hold them […]
December 2nd, 2011
There are traditional Filipino Catholic wedding customs that involve candles, coins, a veil and cord. Here’s what each means… The Candles – The lighting of the candles usually takes place at the beginning of the ceremony. One person from each side of the family lights a candle symbolizing God’s presence at the union. Sometimes the […]
February 22nd, 2009
We’d love it if you’d join the Mama Lisa Facebook Group. You can post anything you’d like about your culture. You can post your own musical recordings or YouTube videos… Links to culture and musical sites… Photos of your country… Questions about songs or cultural issues… Anything related to World Culture and Music… Click on […]
January 29th, 2009
We recently received the Tagalog version of The Itsy Bitsy Spider. I found a cute YouTube video of the song and posted it below. It also has a song on it called My Balloon. You can watch the video and sing along with the lyrics below. There are also English translations for your reading pleasure! […]
December 2nd, 2008
Nep, from the Philippines, gave me this recipe. She told me that it’s very popular in her home country. It’s very easy to make this drink and you can adjust it to your family’s taste. It’s a quick way to introduce children to cuisine from another country. My kids liked it and they wanted more! […]
November 4th, 2008
Joan wrote… Hi Lisa, I’m looking for a Christmas song in Tagalog for a Christmas around the world program at our school. Can you help? Thank You, Joan Hayden Hope Montessori School, Indiana If anyone can help out Joan, please comment below or email me. Thanks! Mama Lisa
October 13th, 2008
Shirley emailed me looking for different versions of The Itsy Bitsy Spider. Here’s what she wrote: I am desperately seeking 3-4-5 versions (songs) of Itsy Bitsy Spider for an around the world float. Shame on me I left that chore until last and now I am having trouble. I’ve gotten English and Spanish. Please let […]
July 27th, 2007
Aya wrote: hi, i have a question… does anyone know the lyrics to the song… “sampung mga daliri, kamay at paa…”? i am teaching my baby tagalog songs. thanks so much! great website… thanks for the help… please email me at email@example.com. thanks again so much. If anyone can help Aya out, please comment below, […]
November 30th, 2006
A significant part of the Mama Lisa sites is a large collection of songs and nursery rhymes from around the world. We currently have about 750 songs from around 90 countries and cultures. When you consider how many languages there are in those cultures – that’s a lot of information! In order to make it […]
May 1st, 2006
In an earlier entry, I wrote about the history of Labor Day. In case you were wondering, here are some of the countries where demonstrations were held or where Labor Day was in some way honored around the world today (in some cases against the wishes of the government)… Russia Belarus Japan Germany Italy Philippines […]
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Favorite Kids Songs - A Mama Lisa Book
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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.)