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5 Easy Fun Spanish Rhymes and Lyrics for Preschoolers

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Entertaining Spanish rhymes and lyrics

Spanish rhymes as storytelling is a fun learning experience for children. They learn about new words and new letter sounds. When children have fun with words and rhyming, then they tend to like reading more often and tell others about the story.

In this way, Spanish rhymes are a great way to introduce new literature to children. This is also a wonderful way to challenge children to move from the beginner reading level more advanced reading.

Another great way to encourage rhyming is to recite popular nursery rhymes with a song or with the help of musical instruments. Musical instruments like maracas, tambourines, shakers, and bells are wonderful learning tools to help children recognize particular phonemes.

And, it helps them develop essential reading skills.

To help with the phonological awareness of English and Spanish words, 5 easy rhymes and lyrics are presented:

Five Little Monkeys Jumping On The Bed (Bilingual)

(Lyrics in English)

Five little monkeys jumping on the bed.

One fell out and bump its head.

Mama call the doctor.

And the doctor said,

“No more monkeys jumping on the bed.”

Four little monkeys jumping on the bed.

Repeat verses 2-5.

Three little monkeys jumping on the bed.

Repeat verses 2-5.

Two little monkeys jumping on the bed.

Repeat verses 2-5.

One little monkey jumping on the bed.

Repeat verses 2-5.

Zero monkeys jumping on the bed.

Repeat verses 2-5.

Cinco monitos saltando en la cama (Bilingual)

(Lyrics in Spanish)

Cinco monitos saltando en la cama.

Uno se cayó y se golpeó la cabeza.

La mamá llamó al doctor.

Y el doctor le dijo,

“No más monitos saltando en la cama.”

Cuatro monitos saltando en la cama. Repetir versos 2-5.

Tres monitos saltando en la cama. Repetir versos 2-5.

Dos monitos saltando en la cama. Repetir versos 2-5.

Un monito saltando en la cama. Repetir versos 2-5.

Cero monitos saltando en la cama. Repetir versos 2-5.

This particular lyric is an excellent source to learn numbers, the sequential order of events, storytelling, rhyming, and phoneme. A great way to learn these verses is by using flannel board figures, songs or flannel hand puppets.

Mary, Mary, Quite Contrary (Bilingual)

Mary, Mary, quite contrary,

How does your garden grow?

With silver bells and cockleshells

And pretty maids all in a row.

(En Español) 

María, María, tan contraria

¿Cómo crece tú jardín?

Con campanas de plata y conchitas de mar

Y bellas damas todas en ilera.

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One, Two, Buckle My Shoe (Bilingual)

One, two, buckle my shoe

Three, four, shut the door

Five, six, pick up sticks

Seven, eight, lay them straight

Nine, ten, a good fat hen.

(En Español) 

Uno, dos, me pongo mis zapatos

Tres, cuatro, cierro la puerta

Cinco, seis, tomo estas ramitas

Siete, ocho, las pongo derechitas

Nueve, diez, una buena gallina gordita.

Mary had a little lamb (Bilingual)

Mary had a little lamb

Its fleece was white as snow

And everywhere that Mary went,

The lamb was sure to go.

It followed her to school one day

That was against the rules

It made the children laugh and play

To see the lamb at school.

(En Español) 

María tenía un pequeño corderito

Su lana era blanca como la nieve

Y todo lugar que María iba,

el corderito la seguía

La seguió a la escuela un día

Eso no estaba permitido

Los niños se reían y jugaban

Al ver el corderito en la escuela.

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Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star (Bilingual)

Twinkle, twinkle little star

How I wonder what you are

Up above the world so high

Like a diamond in the sky

Twinkle, twinkle little star

How I wonder what you are.

(En Español) 

Brilla, brilla pequeña estrellita

Que desearía lo que sos

Alto, alto por el mundo estás

Como un diamante en el cielo sos

brilla, brilla pequeña estrellita

que desearía lo que sos.

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3 methods in learning Spanish: Translation, interpretation and transcription

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When looking up for that word that has endless meaning or you just don’t know what it means, what do you do? Do you run to your electronic dictionary tucked away in your pocket or cellular phone? Or, better yet, do you have an electronic device that translates words for you? But let’s consider that using translators has to be the last resort to use when trying to figure out the meaning of a word.

Translators

Translate derives from the Latin L. translatus and trans- means across. Hence, translate signifies to move across to another place or to write or speak words into another language. Some translators may not even translate the word properly and others may not be in tune with the cultural aspect of the foreign language.

For example, if you’re trying to translate the Spanish word taco, it can be translated into several ways: Mexican dish, shoe heel, a wad of papers, book, cue, cube, and many more. Imagine if you’re trying to write a paper or essay and need to use the word taco. Which one would you use?

Which one would you know to use? You have to use a different source such as an encyclopedia or an educational Internet website. As a matter of fact, translators should be used very rarely in conversations, meetings, or speeches. In these cases, interpreters should be used to translate with accuracy from one language to another.

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Interpreters

Interpretation derives from the Latin L. interpres to negotiate and inter- means between or among. Hence, interpretation is to explain or provide one’s interpretation of something. In this case, interpreters are an excellent source to provide proper information about a word or phrase based on the cultural experience.

Interpreters can provide the necessary tools to translate that unknown word, phrase, or article and give it the right meaning. But you don’t have to solely rely on a person interpreter to obtain a translation of a word.

Sometimes, to gather information about certain words and phrases can come from attending Spanish classes or immersion classes. To grasp a better understanding about the language, it is even better to live it – in foreign exchange classes. Sometimes you might need a transcription of certain words or phrases.

Transcriptionists

Transcription derives from the Latin trans, which means over and scribere, which means to write. In other words, transcription is the ability to make a written recording or copy of words. Transcripts are more commonly used in court hearings or medical professionals.

Court reporters or stenographers use a special device called stenography to record all court events. Medical transcriptionist converts medical recordings to text. Transcripts are also used for transcribing Spanish textbooks or workbooks.

Authors may transcribe recording notes. But Spanish learners would rarely use this type of language learning method.

Translation, interpretation, and transcription denote different meaning in many cases. Which one would you use to better represent that unknowingly word or phrase? It all depends on how you want to use it in context.

What method have you used recently to learn Spanish?