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Teaching Materials Series: Songs

For Young Learners, it’s not a lesson if we haven’t raised the roof with at least one ridiculously catchy tune (accompanying actions obligatory). Songs are fantastic for raising kids’ energy, learning grammar passively, and getting in some Total Physical Response (co-ordination of language and movement to help cement words and meaning).

You can use foreign-language versions of English classics, such as this French version of ‘If You’re Happy and You Know It’, which has the added bonus of covering other emotions too:

…a French classic like this one (great for parts of the body and future tense):

…or alternatively something utterly bonkers such as this (seriously, the bonkers-ness makes the vocab more memorable):

Songs are also a great tool for older children and adult learners. They can be used to teach grammar points in context, for example this beauty for the difference between the perfect and imperfect in French:

Or this, for ESL learners battling with the second conditional:

They’re also great for straight-up listening practice. I’ve used this fun rap with adult beginners as much as Young Learners, usually getting them to fill in the blanks in a copy of the lyrics to consolidate the sound of the word with its written form:

Hope you enjoy this selection of our musical faves – let us know what you think!

Lucy McCormick is Head of Client Services at Struck Fluent, a community of tutors specialising in Modern Foreign Languages and ESL. She has extensive experience as a teacher and tutor of French and ESL in the UK, China, Korea, Vietnam and India. When not teaching or language geeking, you can generally find her in the company of a book, a gin or (preferably) both.

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Songs for Kleine Katzen this week (10/05/2017)

Our German-speaking playgroup Kleine Katzen meets every Wednesday from 11am – 12 noon at Good Hope Cafe, Ladywell. Parents and small ones with all levels of German are welcome!

This week, Alice will be introducing songs about the weather. Song sheets will also be available on the day. Hope to see you there!

 

Bis Morgen, Eltern und Kinder!

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Songs for Kleine Katzen: 26/04/2017

Our German-speaking playgroup Kleine Katzen meets every Wednesday from 11am – 12 noon at Good Hope Cafe, Ladywell. Parents and small ones with all levels of German are welcome!

This week, we’re singing well-known English nursery rhymes in German – take a look below for some classics that Alice will be introducing. Song sheets will also be available on the day. Hope to see you soon!

 

Bis Mittwoch, Eltern und Kinder!

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Songs, Lyrics and Vocab for Kleine Katzen (Weds 19th April): Part One.

Our German-speaking playgroup Kleine Katzen meets every Wednesday from 11am – 12 noon at Good Hope Cafe, Ladywell. Parents and small ones with all levels of German are welcome!

Following some great feedback from parents at our last meeting, we’ll be putting lyrics for the week’s songs up here ahead of time, with key vocab and interesting language points highlighted. We’ll also be supplying songsheets in German and English at the group. We hope this can help you all join in and feel confident!

This week, German tutor and playgroup leader Alice will be introducing four popular children’s songs to do with animals. Take a look at the YouTube videos and lyrics below for some pre-sessional practice!

  1. Fuchs, du hast die Gans gestohlen (Fox, you have stolen the goose)

NB: Like all the best nursery rhymes, this one gets a bit dark in the middle…I think of it as kind of a more explicit version of ‘Run Rabbit Run’…

Fuchs, du hast die Gans gestohlen,
Gib sie wieder her! 
Gib sie wieder her!
Sonst wird dich der Jäger holen
Mit dem Schießgewehr,
Sonst wird dich der Jäger holen
Mit dem Schießgewehr.

Seine große, lange Flinte,
Schießt auf dich den Schrot,
Schießt auf dich den Schrot,
Daß dich färbt die rote Tinte,
Und dann bist du tot.
Daß dich färbt die rote Tinte,
Und dann bist du tot.

Liebes Füchslein, laß dir raten:
Sei doch nur kein Dieb,
Sei doch nur kein Dieb,
Nimm, du brauchst nicht Gänsebraten,
Mit der Maus vorlieb.
Nimm, du brauchst nicht Gänsebraten,
Mit der Maus vorlieb.

  1. Ein Fuchs – Fox
  2. Eine Gans – Goose
  3. Geben […] wieder her – Give […] back again
  4. Ein Jäger – Hunter
  5. Schießgewehr – Gun
  6. Flinte – Gun
  7. Schießen auf […] den Schrot- Shoot shot (ie the small pellets of shot) at […]
  8. Tot – Dead
  9. Ein Dieb – A thief
  10. Eine Maus

2. Alle Meine Entchen (All my Little Ducklings)

This one is a bit less deathy…

Alle meine Entchen
Schwimmen auf dem See,
Schwimmen auf dem See,
Köpfchen in das Wasser,
Schwänzchen in die Höh.

Alle meine Täubchen 
Sitzen auf dem Dach,
Sitzen auf dem Dach;
Klipper, klapper, klapp, klapp,
Fliegen übers Dach.

Alle meine Hühner
Scharren in dem Stroh,
Scharren in dem Stroh,
Finden sie ein Körnchen,
Sind sie alle froh.

Alle meine Gänschen
Watscheln durch den Grund,
Watscheln durch den Grund,
Suchen in dem Tümpel,
Werden kugelrund.

  1. Die Entchen – Ducklings
  2. Die Köpfchen – Little heads
  3. Die Schwänzchen – Little tails
  4. Die Täubchen – Little doves
  5. Das Dach – The roof
  6. Die Hühner – Chickens
  7. Scharren – To scratch
  8. Das Stroh – The straw
  9. Froh – Happy
  10. Die Gänschen – Goslings
  11. Watscheln – To waddle
  12. Der Tümpel – The pond
  13. Kugelrund – Round like a ball

Entchen, Koepfchen, Schwanzchen…notice a pattern? Stick –chen onto the end of any noun and it makes it a diminutive. It works for literal meanings, like when Gans (goose) becomes Gänschen (goslings – literally ‘little geese’), but it also works to make nouns a bit cuter, hence Schwänzchen for ‘little tails’. Imagine going ‘awwww your little taaaail!’ in English and you’ll get the gist.

Check back in tomorrow for two more classic German kids’ tunes and language pointers!

From the team at Struck Fluent, playgroup wizards and tutors of Modern Foreign Languages and ESL in London. Need a language tutor? Get in touch here.

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KLEINE KATZEN: SONGS FOR OUR GERMAN-SPEAKING PLAYGROUP THIS WEEK!

 

Come on down to our German-speaking playgroup Kleine Katzen, every Wednesday 11am – 12.30pm at Good Hope Cafe, Ladywell!

With Easter just round the corner, we’re all about Ostern this week. German tutor and playgroup leader Alice will be introducing these funky Osterleider for you and your small ones:

 

Bis Mittwoch, Eltern und Kinder!

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Kleine Katzen: Songs for our German-speaking playgroup this week!

 

Come on down to our German-speaking playgroup Kleine Katzen, every Wednesday 11am – 12.30pm at Good Hope Cafe, Ladywell!

This week it’s all about the ABCs and 123s. German tutor and plagroup leader Alice  has hand-picked these sterling musical gems to get your wee ones up to speed with German letters and numbers:

 

Bis Mittwoch, Eltern und Kinder!

From the team at Struck Fluent, playgroup wizards and tutors of Modern Foreign Languages and ESL in London. Need a language tutor? Get in touch here.

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Kleine Katzen: Songs for our German-speaking playgroup this week!

Come on down to our German-speaking playgroup Kleine Katzen, every Wednesday 11am – 12.30pm at Good Hope Cafe, Ladywell!

This week our theme is ‘All About Me’: Playgroup leader and all-round all-star German tutor Alice will be introducing these three fun songs to sing with your little ones. If your German is feeling rusty, or if you’re just keen for some new singalong fodder, here they are to try out before Wednesday:

  1. Das Lied über mich selbst

2. Das Lied über mich

3. Wo ist der Daumen?

Hope to see you there – bis Mittwoch!

From the team at Struck Fluent, playgroup wizards and tutors of Modern Foreign Languages and ESL in London. Need a language tutor? Get in touch here.

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Songs for Kleine Katzen part 2: Frühling!

Every week our German-speaking playgroup Kleine Katzen will be run around a theme.

Our first group takes place just a day after the official first day of Spring so we thought a Frühling theme would be appropriate!

Here are two of the Spring songs that playgroup leader and Struck Fluent German tutor Alice will be introducing:

  1. Ich lieb den Frühling

2. Alle Vögel sind schon da

Looking forward to seeing you on Wednesday 22nd March, 11am – 12.30pm, at Good Hope Cafe, Ladywell!

From the team at Struck Fluent, playgroup wizards and tutors of Modern Foreign Languages and ESL in London. Need a language tutor? Get in touch here.

 

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Songs for Kleine Katzen: German-speaking playgroup 22/03/2017

We’re looking forward to seeing you down at Good Hope Cafe in Ladywell this Wednesday 22nd March for Kleine Katzen, our German-speaking playgroup!

All levels of German are welcome, so every week we’ll post the songs for the next session here to help you get familiar with/dance around your sitting room to them before the group. Here are four simple songs that German tutor Alice will be  introducing:

  1. Seeing as we’re meeting on a Wednesday, we thought we’d include…

 

2. Guten Morgen everyone!

 

 

3. One to get the small ones stamping and clapping:

4. Lovely to see you!

Our theme for the first group will be Frühling (Spring!) so we’ll post a couple of spring-themed tunes over the next couple of days too.

Happy singing and bis Mittwoch!

From the team at Struck Fluent, playgroup wizards and tutors of Modern Foreign Languages and ESL in London. Need a language tutor? Get in touch here.

 

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