Chapter Six-Songs to Learn and Sing

If you thought you couldn’t sing in Norwegian-think again.

There’s been such a good response to the Lost in Translation? blog post with Cate Hamilton that it seemed like a good idea to include a short update on songs in other languages that even people like me can sing easily with our toddlers.

As Cate, co-founder of Babel Babies, explains: “Norwegian sounds very similar to English because we have similar roots in our languages thanks to the Vikings invading us and bringing their language with them! The Norwegian Head, Shoulders has exactly the same tune as our English version and the words are very easy to learn thanks to the similar vocabulary. Here are the lyrics, and there is a video available on our blog to help with pronunciation!”

And in case you were wondering, here it is:

Hode, skulder, kne og tå,
kne og tå
Hode, skulder, kne og tå,
kne og tå
Øyne, ører, kinn å klappe på
Hode, skulder, kne og tå, kne og tå.

Cate added: “The lovely Portuguese song about Mestre Andre’s music shop is very jolly and in our sessions we use it as an excuse to introduce the little ones to lots of musical instruments. You ‘buy’ a new instrument in each verse and so you can keep it going for as many verses as you can find the words for!”

Here are the lyrics, and again the video is on the blog:

Foi na loja do Mestre André

que eu comprei um pifarito,

tiro, liro, lir’um pifarito

Chorus:

Ai olá, ai olé,

Foi na loja do Mestre André.

Ai olá, ai olé,

Foi na loja do Mestre André.

Foi na loja do Mestre André

que eu comprei um tamborzinho,

tum tum tum, um tamborzinho,

tiro, liro, lir’um pifarito

Chorus

Foi na loja do Mestre André

que eu comprei um pianinho,

plim plim plim, um pianinho,

tum tum tum, um tamborzinho,

tiro, liro, lir’um pifarito

“We hope that whets your appetite to learn some more songs in many languages with your children!”
You can find the Babel Babies blog here: http://babelbabies.com/blog/

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