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French Nursery Rhymes: Au Clair de la lune Posted by on Mar 16, 2018

A couple of weeks ago, I wrote a nursery rhyme with an interesting origin. That comptine, as nursery rhymes are known in French, might not have been as familiar to English speakers as the one I’m writing about today. The melody of “Au Clair de la lune” is probably familiar to most people around the world…

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French Nursery Rhymes: Une Souris Verte Posted by on Feb 26, 2018

One of my son’s favorite French children’s songs is “Une Souris verte.” It’s a very strange—albeit catchy—tune that dates back to the late seventeenth or eighteenth century. The song’s lyrics, or paroles, are below: Une souris verte qui courait dans l’herbe Je l’attrape par la queue Je la montre à ces messieurs Ces messieurs me disent…

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Les comptines Posted by on Jul 4, 2016

In my house, we sing lots of comptines, or French nursery rhymes. I’m partial myself to Au clair de la lune, which coincidentally, is the song featured on one of the earliest recordings ever made in 1860. (You can listen to it here, although it is somewhat difficult to hear.) However, there is a simpler (and newer)…

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