Japanese Children’s Songs

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I gathered a collection of cute Japanese kid’s videos for classic songs such as: Old McDonald Had a Farm, The wheels on the bus, Humpty Dumpty, I’m A Little Teapot, If You’re Happy and You know it, Mary had a little lamb, Twinkle Twinkle Little Star, and “Head, Shoulders, Knees, and Toes”

This is what I gather the lyrics to this Japanese version of Twinkle Twinkle Little Star is:
kirakira hikaru = Glitter Shine
osora no hoshi yo = The star of the sky
mabataki shite wa = Blink
minna wo miteru = Everyone watching/ For everyone to see?
kirakira hikaru = Glitter Shine
osora no hoshi yo = The star of the sky

And there were a few different versions of 5 little Monkeys in Japanese, so I gathered them all into a playlist…

Lyrics:
Five child monkey/frog/puppies/little pigs/babies/haunted are jumping
One animal fell in head depression
Call Mom, the doctor
Bet jump Even useless

Bouncing four offspring monkey/puppies/little pigs/babies/ghost / Four of frog jumping
One animal fell in head depression
Call Mom, the doctor
Bet jump Even useless

And 3 pups monkey/puppies/little pigs/ghost are jumping / Bouncing three frogs/babies
One animal fell in head depression
Call Mom, the doctor
Bet jump Even useless

And 2 pups monkey/puppies/ghost are jumping / And of two animals frog/piglet jumping / Bouncing 2 babies
One animal fell in head depression
Call Mom, the doctor
Bet jump Even useless / Everyone soon sleeping Take me!

And one animal of child monkey/frog/puppy/little pig/ghost is jumping / And jumping up and down one of the baby
I fell in head Ouch ~
Call Mom, the doctor
Everyone go to bed early I / Everyone soon sleeping Take me!

I also found so many different Japanese alphabet songs that I complied them into a play list. There are purely hiragana songs and one purely katakana song and a few combination (kana) songs. Some are really cute – like the one sung by a little girl, and some have cute visual effects, and some are just catchy like the song that starts out sounding like “Ice, Ice, Baby”

And lastly some basic vocabulary songs and lessons.
First I have made a collection of cartoon song videos with greetings and expressions and such, “left, right, forwards, backwards, sit down, and stand up”, colors, days of the week, weather, “Who, What, When Where and Why”, Counting the days of the month, counting people (Samaria) in Japanese, numbers and general counting…

Here is what I believe the days of the week song’s lyrics are:
Here are what I believe the song to be saying:
Monday Smiling. Kindness Moon
Tuesday Your Honor cockatoo? Burning fire
Wednesday Full bath. Because You’re water.
Thursday Big tree. Read a book under
Friday The money. I have been shopping?
Saturday On the ground. Walk barefoot.
Sunday Laid back. Feel warm. Basking in the sun.


The lyrics for the Japanese greeting and expressions song go something like this:
Good morning / Goodnight / Hello / Good evening / Good morning / Goodnight / Hello / Good evening
I’m leaving / You’re leaving / I’m back / Welcome back
Dig in / I’m done eating / ? / Thank you
Goodbye / Goodnight / ? / Good morning / Goodnight / Hello / Good morning / Goodnight / Hello / Good evening / ?
Hello for the first time / Nice to meet you / ? / Goodbye / Goodnight / ? / Good morning / Goodnight / Hello / Good morning / Goodnight / Hello / Good evening

Secondly, I found a series of basic Japanese lessons reviewing topics such as family members, body parts, animal sounds, clothes, relationships, kitchen tools, home appliances, natural disasters, flowers, sushi (fish), the four compass directions, nationalities, countries, rinks, people, occupations, shapes, time, school supplies, seasons, weather, colors, fruits, vegetables, transportation, things found at the ocean, things found at the forest, vocabulary associated with going to school, zoo, things found in a room, adjectives, types of bread, physical ailments and symptoms, items associated with computers, bookstore vocabulary, post office vocabulary, meals, classrooms, water, driving, The days of the month, days of the week, and months of the year.

Finally, I found a 30 minute video that would be a children’s show to watch with a song about colors, then a song about shapes, then a conversation about counting and numbers, then reviewing the English alphabet in Japanese, then Old McDonald, then a review of the functions of certain vehicles, then review of some basic animals, then a review of basic fruit, then a review of some basic vegetables, then review of shapes, then review of colors, then a review of numbers, then a different review of vehicles.

That is it! I am satisfied with my compilations of classic English nursery rhyme songs in Japanese which progressed to basic vocabulary songs and lessons for children. Please enjoy and learn lots!

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