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Here are some of Mama Lisa's recent posts about the music, culture and traditions of the world.
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    Saffron has a wonderful aroma.  Adding it to your rice can make it taste extra special! The simplest way for westerners to make basic saffron rice is to soak 1/2 t. of saffron in 3T. of boiling water for 10 minutes.  Then add the mixture to your regular rice recipe when adding the water.   Ayako... Read more »
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    There are lots of beautiful old photos of Japan online.  Check them out at the link! Read more »
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    We have over 150 German Songs on Mama Lisa’s World with translations.  We were recently asked which ones are popular for children. Here’s a list of the best-known German kids songs that was shared by a German friend.  Each song is linked to its lyrics page with a translation... Alle meine Entchen Alle... Read more »
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    I’m so excited!  I just discovered a major collection of online recordings of children’s singing games! Iona and Peter Opie are among the world’s top collectors of English nursery rhymes and kids songs.  When working on Mama Lisa’s World, I refer to their research quite a bit.  They published one of the most comprehensive collections of... Read more »
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    Monique and I have been adding a lot of Drop the Handkerchief Games to Mama Lisa’s World.  This got Monique thinking about the actual meaning of handkerchief in different languages.  Here are some of her thoughts... "I was thinking about the word for handkerchief in some languages and it’s funny what they literally mean. In English,... Read more »
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    The word "lagniappe" is really fantastic.  It’s a small gift given from a merchant to a customer who’s buying something. "Lagniappe" comes from the Quechua word "yapa". We have some restaurants near us that give dessert as a lagniappe.  It produces a kind of "oooh" effect when you receive it, precisely because you weren’t expecting it... Read more »
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    "Pumpkin, Pumpkin" is a cute little song that’s sung to the tune of "Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star".  It’s perfect for October and Halloween. You can watch the video below and read along with the lyrics. Pumpkin, Pumpkin 1. Pumpkin, pumpkin on the ground 2. How’d you get so big and round?... Read more »
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    Can you believe that the American song "Yankee Doodle" is the music that played at the start of the revolution that lead to an Imperial Japan? ‘Yankee Doodle" is a song from prerevolutionary America. The British used it to mock the American Colonists. Then the Americans turned around and proudly claimed the song as their... Read more »
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    Did you ever wonder whether specific proverbs and idiomatic expressions are still used in the English language?  Here I discuss some phrases that begin with the letter "A" and how well-known they are.  These proverbs are specifically about animals.  They can be found on the site The Phrase Finder.  The discussion here is specially from... Read more »
  • Joann wrote asking for help with a song she’s researching for a 90 year old friend.  Here’s her letter: Do you know of a song sung years ago in the USA, but possibly of Welsh in origin with the phrase, "Terunden, teroden"? The lady is in her mid-nineties, she gave more words but didn’t have any idea... Read more »
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