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On the bridge of Avignon / Sur le pont d’Avignon

April 02, 2010 By: Yvonne Crawford Category: songs

I love singing French songs with my kids (even though I can’t sing very well). Kids are so receptive to songs!

Here is On the Bridge of Avignon / Sur le pont d’Avignon.

Sur le pont d’Avignon
On y danse, on y danse
Sur le pont d’Avignon
On y danse tout en rond

1 Les beaux messieurs font comme ça
Et puis encore comme ça.

Refrain

2 Les belles dames font comme ça
Et puis encore comme ça.

Refrain.

The site has other French songs and it has the music you can sing to as well.

Frère Jacques

March 01, 2010 By: Yvonne Crawford Category: songs

One great way to help your children learn French is by singing familiar songs. You can teach them Frère Jacques.

Here are the lyrics:

Frère Jacques, frère Jacques,
Dormez-vous? Dormez-vous?
Sonnez les matines! Sonnez les matines!
Din, dan, don. Din, dan, don.

Here is a link to a mp3 of it sung by a native speaker:

Head, shoulders, knees and toes

April 16, 2009 By: Yvonne Crawford Category: songs, teach kids french children

One way my kids love to learn French is by singing songs in French that they already know in English, like Head, shoulders, knees and toes. There are a few different versions on the internet, the one I wrote here is an exact translation, so your kids won’t get confused. If you feel you have too many syllables just take out the et (and) and it should flow better.

Make sure to point at all of the body parts when you sing it!

Tête et épaules, genoux, et orteils, genoux et orteils.
Tête et épaules, genoux et orteils, genoux et orteils.
Yeux et oreilles et bouche et nez.
Tête et épaules, genoux et orteils, genoux et orteils.

Head and shoulders, knees and toes, knees and toes.
Head and shoulders, knees and toes, knees and toes.
Eyes and ears and mouth and nose.
Head and shoulders, knees and toes, knees and toes.

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