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The Verb Tener – Present Tense




Uses of Tener – Present Tense

TENER is an irregular Spanish Verb.
It is used for:
– having things (to have)
– talking about age and feelings (to be)
– wanting to do something (tener ganas de)
– having to do something (tener que)

Work with the Video Clip, read the transcript, then complete the free PDF Worksheet.

TENER (Present Tense) 
Tengo
      I have
Tienes      you have
Tiene        he/she/it has
Tenemos  we have
Tenéis      you have
Tienen     they have

Tener  +
 AGE and Feelings/State of mind:
Tienes 12 años     you are 12
Tienes miedo       you are frightened

Tener + ganas de
=  To want to do … something (verb)
Eg:  Tienes ganas de jugar  you want to play

Tener + que
 =  To have to, must
Eg:  Tienes que estudiar   you must study

Prepositions in the video:
Sobre            =  on
Debajo de     =  under
en                 =  in

Free, downloadable PDF Gap Fill Worksheet

Video Transcript
(reading/translation practice):

Tengo dos perros
¿Maggie?  ¿Cuántos años tienes?
Tengo siete años.
¿Y tú Billy?  ¿Cuántos años tienes?
Tengo dos años.
¡Mis perros tienen orejas muy largas!
Billy tiene muchos juguetes.
Tiene una pelota sobre la silla.
Tiene otra pelota debajo de la silla.
¡Y tiene una en el zapato!

Billy tiene miedo de este juguete.
¿Tenéis miedo de nosotros?
¡Tenéis razón!
¿Miedo de mí?  Nadie tiene miedo de mí.

Maggie y Billy tienen calor.
¡Sí!  ¡Tenemos sed!
¡Tengo sed!

¡Maggie!  Estás en mi cama.
¡Tienes suerte!

Tenemos ganas de comer.
¡Tengo ganas de estar aquí!
Billy tiene un juguete en la boca …
¡Tiene ganas de jugar!

¡Ahora tengo que decir adiós!

– – –

For an introduction in the 1st person (tengo) go to:  Introduction to Tener – Tengo
For more on prepositions go to: Spanish Grammar Practice

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© Tengo un perrito en mis brazos


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The verb Tener – Tengo




Tengo – 1st Person of the Verb Tener

Introduction to the verb Tener via practice using the 1st person:
Tengo
Free Practice + Video Clip and downloadable PDF Worksheet.
Tener is an irregular Spanish verb which means to have.
In Spanish it also used with Age (to have + number of years) and feelings/states of being (to have + fear):
Tener   = to have
Tengo  = I have
Tienes = you have

¿Qué tienes?  What do you have?

Tengo un perro  =  I have a dog

Tener + AGE:
Tengo = I am … + age  (= I have + number of years)
¿Cuántos años tienes?     
(How old are you?)
Tengo 10 años = I am 10   (I have 10 years)

Tener + feelings such as hunger, thirst, cold, fear.
Tengo = I am … + Feelings
Use ‘tengo’ to say ‘I am + cold, hot, hungry, thirsty, sleepy, ashamed …
Tengo hambre  = I am hungry
Tengo miedo     = I am frightened

Free downloadable PDF Worksheet

TENER – Present Tense:
tengo          – I have
tienes         – you have
tiene           – he, she has
tenemos   – we have
tenéis         – you have
tienen        – they have


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Talk about School in Spanish




Questions about School in Spanish

Friendly verb practice in the present tense  to answer questions and say what happens at school.
Two different schools are included: A normal school + a dog agility class.
Video Clip with Questions and Answers, + a free downloadable Worksheet.

¿Por qué voy a la escuela?
Why do I go to school?

Verbs used in the Resource:
hacer –  to do/to make
aprenderto learn
leerto learn
escribirto write
estarto be
ser to be
tenerto have
ir to go
esperarto wait
escucharto listen
trabajarto work
saltarto jump
repetirto repeat

Going to School in Spanish Free Worksheet

Video transcript in Spanish
Use this description for translation practice.  Then check your answers, paying particular attention to the verbs, by watching the video again.

¿Qué hacemos en la escuela?
Estoy bien en casa.
¡Tú y yo estamos bien en casa!

¿Por qué vamos a la escuela?
¿Qué hacemos en la escuela?
Yo soy un niño, así que …
Aprendo a leer.
Aprendo a escribir.
Tengo amigos.
¡Aprendemos a hacer cola!
Hacemos música.
Hacemos teatro.
Hacemos deporte.
Aprendemos a nadar.

¿Y tú, Billy?
¿Qué haces en tu escuela?
¡Hago cola con mis amigos!
Hago nuevos amigos en la escuela.
¡Trabajamos mucho!
Hacemos muchas cosas.
Aprendo a esperar.
Aprendo a escuchar.
Salto.
Voy en un túnel.
¡Repito y repito!

Después de la escuela estoy cansado.

Primary Spanish - Talk about School


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On + verbs to describe school in French




Talk about school in French

Grammar + Practice using ON + verbs in the 3rd person.
French verb practice
in a resource for beginners about what happens at school.  Video clip for listening practice + downloadable translation practice.
Qu’est-ce qu’on fait à l’école?
What do we do at school?
On travaille =  one, we, you, works
On is an impersonal subject pronoun, always used with verbs in the 3rd person singular.
On = we, one, you, people, someone … depending on the context.   

Useful expressions using ON:
On y va!  Let’s go!  (the ‘y’ = there, not needed or there in the English translation)
On ne fait pas ça!  Don’t do that!  (We don’t do that!)

French practice + video clip for beginners using ON + verbs to talk about what happens at school.
Read and translate the words below the video clips.

1.  Grammar + Description in French AND English:

2. Repeat in French (NO English audio):

Downloadable Translation Practice:

Video Transcript in French:
Use it for translation practice.  (Answers can be checked by watching the video clip and reading the subtitles)

Qu’est-ce qu’on fait à l’école?
Petit on reste à la maison.
On est bien à la maison!
Pourquoi on va à l’école?
On fait quoi à l’école?
On fait la queue!
On apprend.
On écrit.
On fait de la musique.
On fait du théâtre.
On fait du sport.
On a des cours de natation.
On a une salle de classe.
Et on fait des amis.

Qu’est-ce qu’on fait à l’école de chiens?
On fait la queue!
On apprend beaucoup de choses.
On travaille.
On attend.
On écoute.
On saute.
On va dans un tunnel!
On répète beaucoup!
On fait des amis.

Après l’école on est fatigué!

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Spanish Verbs: Hay + Hay que




Learn Spanish Verbs: Hay, Hay que

Video Clip + Practice in a Story followed by a downloadable Gap Fill Exercise:

Hay            there is/there are
Hay que    = one, we, you … must/needs to/should
Hay que goes with a second verb in the infinitive.
Eg:
Hay que tener cuidado
–  one must be careful
Hay que escuchar
–  one must listen
Hay que prestar atención para aprender
–  one must pay attention to learn

Verbs in the story/video:

tener cuidado        –  to be careful
prestar atención   – to pay attention
investigar             – to investigate
supervisar            – to supervise
escuchar                – to listen
soltar                    – to let go
recoger                 – to pick, to pick up

Downloadable Gap Fill Worksheet

Video Transcript/Gap Fill Exercise + Translation Practice:

More practice using Hay que: Hay que + How to make a piñata


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il y a + il faut – Verbs + Story




Il y a + il faut – Verb Practice:

Il y a + il faut are impersonal French verb phrases, always used in the 3rd person singular.
Il y a     =  There is + there are
Il y a =  3rd person singular of  AVOIR + y (meaning there) in the middle.
il y a du nutella  =  there is some nutella
il y a des abricotS =  there are some apricotS

Il faut  =  it, one (or more) must/has/have to/needs, is necessary …
il faut is from the verb falloir.
Example:
Il faut de l’argent  =  money is needed, money is necessary

Il faut + verbs in the infinitive:  Eg:
il faut faire attention   =  one must pay attention
Céline, il faut manger ta soupe  =  Céline, you must eat your soup
Mes amis, il faut partir  =  My friends, we must leave

Follow and join in with the story + video clip below which, together with the downloadable translation practice, provide practice using il y a + il faut using the following verbs:

profiter             to make the most of
aller                  to go
voir                   to see
cueillir              to pick
faire                  to do
surveiller          to supervise
lâcher                to let go of
laisser               to leave
laisser tomber  to  drop
aller voir           to go and see

Downloadable Worksheet

Video Transcript:

Il y a du nutella
mais il ny a pas beaucoup.
Quand il y a du nutella,
il faut profiter!

Maggie, Billy et les abricots ..!
Il y a quelque chose dans le parterre.
Il faut aller voir!
Il y a un abricot!
Oui, nous avons des abricots.
Il faut cueillir les abricots.
Ils ne sont pas pour Billy!

Non Billy!
Oh non!  Qu’est-ce qu’il y a dans ta bouche?
Il faut faire attention au noyau.
Les noyaux ne sont pas bons pour toi.
Il faut laisser tomber.

Attention!  Il faut surveiller Maggie!
Elle adore les abricots!

Oh Maggie, il faut écouter bien.
Il faut faire attention aux noyaux!
Les noyaux d’abricots ne sont pas bons pour toi.
Il faut lâcher l’abricot Maggie.
Il faut faire attention!


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French Adjectives in front of the Noun




Position of Adjectives in French

The following adjectives are exceptions to the rule that French Adjectives go AFTER the noun:
Petit (small),  Grand (big),  Long (long),  Vieux (old), Jeune (young),
Beau 
(beautiful/handsome), Bon (good),  Joli (pretty)
Eg:
un petit garçon       =  a little boy
une jeune fille        = a young girl
la grande maison   =  the big house
la belle jupe            =  the beautiful skirt

Vocabulary, Video + free Worksheet using adjectives that go in front of the noun to describe beautiful trees and leaves in French:

petit              petite     petits      petites
grand            grande   grands    grandes
long                longue   longs      longues  
vieux
/vieil     vieille    vieux      vieilles
jeune                                jeunes
beau/bel        belle      beaux     belles
joli                 jolie        jolis        jolies  
bon
               bonne    bons       bonnes

Vieux and beau change to vieil and bel in front of words that begin with a vowel or an ‘h’,  making it much easier to say these words together:
Un vieil arbre    =  an old tree
Un bel homme  =  a handsome man

Le chêne –  the oak tree
Le châtaignier  –  the sweet chestnut tree
Le marronnier  –  the horse chestnut tree

L’arbre est vieux  –  the tree is old
C’est un vieil arbre  –  it is an old tree

L’arbre est beau  –  the tree is beautiful
C’est un bel arbre  –  it’s a beautiful tree

Free downloadable PDF Worksheet:

Gap fill Exercise:
Translate the adjectives in italics into French and make sure they agree with the noun they describe.

Regardez le  (old) _ _ _ _ _ _ _  châtaignier.
C’est un (old) _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ arbre magnifique!
C’est un (big) _ _ _ _ _ _ _  arbre,
C’est un (beautiful) _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _  arbre,
C’est un (old) _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _  arbre,
avec des (beautiful) _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ feuilles
et des (small) _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ fruits épineux.
Le noix est (good) _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _.  Il s’appelle un marron!
Voici des (good) _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _  marrons chauds.
Qui veut goûter?
Un (good)  _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _  marron chaud est délicieux.

Les chênes:
Voici un (beautiful) _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _   chêne.
Regardez les (beautiful) _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _  feuilles.
Les chênes peuvent avoir des (small) _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _  feuilles,
ou des (big)_ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ feuilles.
Les (small) _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _  fruits s’appellent des glands.

Le marronnier:
Regardez les (big) _ _ _ _ _ _ _  feuilles
et le (beautiful) _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _  fruit d’un marronnier.
À l’intérieur il y a des (big) _ _ _ _ _ _ _  marrons d’Inde,
mais ils ne sont pas (good) _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ !

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My Birthday in Spanish




My Birthday in Spanish

Learn how to ask and say the date of your birthday in Spanish.
Learn months and dates in Spanish and enjoy listening to a short birthday story.
Subtitled video clip + a Free Downloadable PDF Worksheet.

Mi cumpleaños  =  my birthday
¿Cuándo es tu cumpleaños?
When is your birthday?
¿Cuándo?          =  When?
¿Qué fecha es tu cumpleaños?
What date is your birthday?

Mi cumpleaños es …
My birthday is …
Mi cumpleños es el tres de enero.
My birthday is the 3rd of January.

Vocabulary:
El pastel(m)       the cake
El regalo(m)       the present
La jirafa(f)           the giraffe
preferido/a        favourite

Dates + Months, then the story. (Spanish + English subtitles)

Birthday Story (+ dates at the end) Spanish + English Subtitles:

Free Downloadable PDF Worksheet:
My Birthday in Spanish Worksheet

Video Transcript in Spanish:
¡Hola!  ¡Soy yo, Billy!
Tengo un pastel.
Es mi cumpleaños.
Tengo cuatro años.

¿Cuándo es tu cumpleaños, Billy?
Nací en invierno.
Mi cumpleaños es en invierno.

¿Qué fecha es tu cumpleaños?
¡Mi cumpleaños es el veintitrés de diciembre!

Tengo un regalo.
Es mi primer regalo.
Pero mira la jirafa.
Me gusta la jirafa.
Me encanta mi jirafa.
Es mi regalo preferido.

Como mi pastel con mi mamá.
¡Qué rico!
Me gusta mi pastel de cumpleaños.
¡No queda nada!

¿Y Maggie, la mamá de Billy?
¿Cuándo es tu cumpleaños?
Mi cumpleaños es el veintiuno de julio.

Los Días del Mes:
Learn these numbers with ‘de’ and then add the month:
1st      – el primero de
2nd    – el dos de
3rd      – el tres de
4th      – el cuatro de
5th      – el cinco de
6th      – el seis de
7th      – el siete de
8th      – el ocho de
9th      – el nueve de
10th   – el diez de
11th   – el once de
12th   – el doce de
13th   – el trece de
14th   – el catorce de
15th   – el quince  de
16th   – el dieciséis de
17th   – el diecisiete de
18th   – el dieciocho de
19th   – el diecinueve de
20th   – el veinte de
21st   – el veintiuno de
22nd  – el veintidós de
23rd  – el veintitrés de
24th  – el veinticuatro de
25th  – el veinticinco de
26th  – el veintiséis de
27th  – el veintisiete de
28th  – el veintiocho de
29th  – el veintinueve de
30th  – el treinta de
31st  – el treinta y uno de

Los Meses –  Months in Spanish:
enero              January
febrero          February
marzo             March
abril                 April
mayo               May
junio                June
julio                  July
agosto             August
septiembre   September
octubre           October
noviembre    November
diciembre      December

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Birthdays in French + A Story




My Birthday in French

How to ask and answer questions about birthdays in French.
Vocabulary and phrases to learn + practice in a story about a friendly birthday celebration, including a list of days and months of the year.
Video Clip +  Free Downloadable PDF Worksheet.
Quelle est la date de ton anniversaire?
When is your birthday?
C’est le …  It is the …
Mon anniversaire c’est le
+ day + month
My birthday is …
Eg:  My birthday is the 23rd of December:
Mon anniversaire c’est le 23 décembre

Vocabulary:
L’anniversaire(m)  the birthday
Le cadeau(m)           the present
Le gâteau(m)            the cake
Le gâteau d’anniversaire  the birthday cake
la girafe(f)                  the giraffe
mon + ma              my
premier                 first
préféré(e)            favourite 

 1.  Billy’s Birthday Story in French:

 

2.  Days and Months in French practice to join in with first, followed by a repeat of the story: 

Free Downloadable PDF Worksheet:
My Birthday in French Worksheet

Billy’s Birthday Story in French
(The video includes subtitles in French AND English)

Salut!  C’est moi!  Billy!
J’ai un gâteau.
C’est mon anniversaire.
J’ai quatre ans.
Raconte Billy …
C’est quand ton anniversaire?
Je suis né en hiver.
Mon anniversaire est en hiver.
Quelle est la date de ton anniversaire?
Mon anniversaire c’est le 23 décembre, à Noël!
J’ai un cadeau.
C’est mon premier cadeau.
Mais regardez la girafe.
C’est mon cadeau préféré.
Je mange mon gâteau avec ma mère.
C’est bon!
J’aime mon gâteau d’anniversaire!
Tout est fini!
Et toi, Maggie, la maman de Billy?!
Quelle est la date de ton anniversaire?
Mon anniversaire c’est le 21 juillet.

Billy is a real dog, and he really does love his giraffe. Learn about how it belongs to him in this story:  Maggie est coquine

Now say when your birthday is in French by finding the day + the month below.
Mon anniversaire c’est …

Les dates:
1st      – le premier
2nd     – le deux
3rd      – le trois
4th      – le quatre
5th      – le cinq
6th      – le six
7th      – le sept
8th      – le huit
9th      – le neuf
10th   – le dix
11th   – le onze
12th   – le douze
13th   – le treize
14th   – le quatorze
15th   – le quinze
16th   – le seize
17th   – le dix-sept
18th   – le dix-huit
19th   – le dix-neuf
20th   – le vingt
21st   – le vingt et un
22nd  – le vingt-deux
23rd   – le vingt-trois
24th   – le vingt-quatre
25th   – le vingt-cinq
26th   – le vingt-six
27th   – le vingt-sept
28th   – le vingt-huit
29th   – le vingt-neuf
30th   – le trente
31st   – le trente et un

Les Mois:
janvier          January
février          February
mars              March
avril               April
mai                 May
juin                 June
juillet             July
août                August
septembre  September
octobre        October
novembre   November
décembre   December

. . .

Mon anniversaire c’est le vingt-neuf décembre.
Et toi?
Quelle est la date de ton anniversaire?


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The Weather in Spanish




Talk about the weather in Spanish

Practice using Spanish Weather Terms in context.
Vocabulary, Video Clip + Free Downloadable Worksheet for Revision and Practice:

¿Qué tiempo hace?  What is the weather like?
El Tiempo  the weather
¿Qué tiempo hace?  What is the weather like?

El calor  the heat
Hace calor   it’s hot

El frío   the cold
Hace frío  it’s cold

El viento   the wind
Hace viento  it’s windy

El sol    the sun
Hace sol   it’s sunny

La niebla   the fog
Hay niebla   there is fog

La nieve  the snow
nevar   to snow
Está nevando  it’s snowing

La lluvia  the rain
llover   to rain
Está lloviendo  it’s raining

El viento  the wind
soplar  to blow
Está soplando  it’s blowing

La tormenta  the storm
La nube  the cloud
La inundación  the flood
La sombra  the shade
El chubasco  the rain shower
El charco  the puddle
El relámpago  the lightning
El barro              the mud

El
amanecer
          the sunrise
La puesta del sol  the sunset
La madrugada     dawn

caliente         hot
caluroso        hot
seco                dry
fresco            cool
despejado    clear (sky)
húmedo        humid
helado            freezing
nublado         cloudy

VIDEO TRANSCRIPT
El Tiempo
La lluvia.
Está lloviendo.
Cuando llueve hay charcos.
Un charco.
Cuando llueve hay barro.
El barro.
Mojarse.
Estar mojado.
El perro está mojado.
Todo está mojado.
Por las mañanas hay niebla.
La niebla.
Una nube.
Un chubasco.
Las nubes traen chubascos.
Hace mal tiempo.
Es un relámpago.
Es una tormenta.
La tormenta.
Es una inundación.

El cielo.
La madrugada.
El cielo está precioso esta madrugada.
El amanecer.
La puesta del sol.
Un amanecer rojo anuncia mal tiempo.
Una puesta del sol roja anuncia buen tiempo para el día siguiente.
Es un cielo despejado.
Hace sol. Hace buen tiempo.
Es la primavera en Valencia.
Hace fresco por la mañana pero el sol brilla muy fuerte.

En verano hace calor.  El verano.
En verano la tierra está seca.
Los días son calurosos.
No hace tanto frío en el mar.
La arena está caliente.
¿Te gusta tomar el sol?
La sombra es muy bueno en verano.

Las temperaturas bajan en otoño.
El otoño.
Las hojas cambian de color.
Hay viento en otoño.
El viento está soplando.

El invierno.
Hace frío en invierno.
La tierra está dura y helada.
Mira la nieve.
Está nevando.
– – –

Free Downloadable Worksheet

A Green Mouse ‘Stories’ about the Weather + Seasonal Activities:
Winter – El invierno
Spring – La primavera
Summer – El verano

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The Weather in French – Le Temps




The Weather in French

French Weather Vocabulary + Practice via a video clip + downloadable PDF worksheet: 
Quel temps fait-il?  What is the weather like?
Short sentences describe autumn, winter, spring and summer in French +  the four seasons.
Work with the video clip and translation practice below.
Then follow up with more practice via the following seasonal resources:  le printemps,   l’été,  l’automne,  l’hiver.

le printemps   –  spring
l’été                 –  summer
l’automne       –  autumn
l’hiver              –  winter
la saison sèche            –  the dry season
la saison des pluies   –  the wet season

French weather terms:
il fait + adverb to describe the verb (it makes/does + ..!)
il fait mauvais    –  The weather is bad (it’s a horrible day)
il fait froid          –  it’s cold
il fait frais          –  it’s cool
il fait beau          –  it’s sunny (it’s a lovely day)
il fait soleil         –  it’s sunny

il y a + noun  (there is/there are + some + clouds, wind, fog etc)
il y a des nuages         –  it’s cloudy
il y a des orages          –  it’s stormy
il y a du vent               –  it’s windy
il y a du brouillard      –  it’s foggy
il y a de la brume        –  it’s misty

il + verb
il neige       –  it’s snowing
il gèle          –  it’s freezing
il pleut        –  it’s raining

Quel temps fait-il?  What is the weather like?

Je suis trempé(e)I am soaked

souvent  =  often
quelquefois  =  sometimes
de temps en temps  = occasionally

Downloadable PDF Translation Worksheet:

Video Transcript:
(subtitles in French+English on the video)
L’hiver:
Quel temps fait-il?
En hiver il fait froid.
Quand il fait froid, j’ai froid.
Quand il fait froid, j’ai froid aussi!
En hiver il neige.
En hiver il gèle.
En hiver il fait mauvais.

Le printemps:
Quel temps fait-il au printemps?
Il fait assez frais.
Oui, j’ai besoin de mon manteau.
Quelquefois il fait très beau.
Mais au printemps il pleut.
Il pleut.
Quelquefois il pleut beaucoup!
Quand il pleut je suis trempé(e)!

L’été:
Quel temps fait-il en été?
Il fait beau.
En été il fait beau.
Quelquefois il y a des nuages.
De temps en temps il pleut beaucoup.
Il y a des orages en été.
Quand il fait chaud, j’ai chaud!
Quand il fait soleil, je profite.

L’automne:
Quel temps fait-il en automne?
Il pleut!
Il fait beau et frais.
Il y a du vent.
En automne il y a souvent du vent.
Il y a du brouillard.
Le matin il y a de la brume.

Dans plusieurs pays il n’y a que deux saisons:
La saison sèche …
et la saison des pluies.

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Promenons-nous dans les bois




Promenons-nous dans les bois

French song for children about going for a walk in the woods and asking a wolf whether he is there plus what he is doing.
Read the lyrics and join in with the video clip.
The song is very similar to ‘What’s the time, Mr Wolf’,  but the wolf is getting dressed so every time the children ask what he is doing (Que fais-tu?), he replies by telling them which item of clothing he is putting on until he is dressed and ready for the chase ..!

Loup y es-tu?  Wolf, are you there?
Que fais-tu?    
What are you doing?

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Children dance and sing the following REFRAIN:

Promenons-nous dans les bois
–  Let’s go for a walk in the woods

Pendant que le loup n’y est pas!
–  Whilst the wolf is not there!

Si le loup y était, il nous mangerait,
 –  If the wolf were there, it would eat us,

Mais quand il n’y est pas …
–  But when it is not there …

Il nous mangera pas!
–  It will not eat us!

Then the children stop and ask:

Loup y es-tu?
–  Wolf are you there?

Entends-tu?
–  Can you hear us?

Que fais-tu?
–  What are you doing?

The children repeat the song again and again.  
Each time the wolf replies by saying what he is putting on until he is fully dressed and ready for the chase:

Je mets ma chemise!
–  I am putting on my shirt

Je mets ma culotte!
–  I am putting on my trousers

Je mets ma veste!
–  I am putting on my jacket

Je mets ma cravate!
–  I am putting on my tie

Je mets mes chaussettes!
–  I am putting on my socks

Je mets mes bottes!
–  I am putting on my boots
J’ARRIVE ..!     –  I AM COMING!

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Une Souris Verte




A Green Mouse Song – Une Souris Verte

Listen and join in with the first verse of this classic French song about a green mouse being caught by the tail …
Lyrics, translation + video clip:
Friendly, repetitive listening practice for children.
What a strange little nursery rhyme, as many of them can be, in any language.
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The Words:

Une souris verte qui courait dans l’herbe
A green mouse which ran in the grass …

Je l’attrape par la queue
I catch her by the tail

Je la montre à ces messieurs
I show her to those gentlemen

Ces messieurs me disent
Those gentlemen tell me:

Trempez-la dans l’huile
Drench her in oil,

Trempez-la dans l’eau
Soak her in water,

Ça fera un escargot tout chaud!
That will make a really hot snail!

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Mon Âne Song




Mon Âne – French Nursery Rhyme

Mon Âne is a French action song for children about a donkey which tells children that ‘my donkey’ (mon âne) is not feeling well.
For example, it has a headache, a stomach ache and sore ears:
Mal à la tête  –  headache
mal aux oreilles  –  Sore ears
mal à l’estomac  –  tummy ache

Each new verse introduces another part of the body that is hurting, but this simple recording focusses on the chorus and repeats of the first verse about the donkey’s headache to help young children to learn the tune and join in:
Mal à la tête!

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Mon âne, mon âne
a bien mal à sa tête,

Madame lui fait faire
un bonnet pour sa fête.

Un bonnet pour sa fête.

Et des souliers vernis, oui-da
Et des souliers vernis.

Et des souliers vernis, oui-da
Et des souliers vernis.

(Oui-da = is old-fashioned French and means “Of course, yes”)

The sound track repeats this verse several times.

Translation:
My donkey, my donkey,
really has a headache,

Madame has a bonnet made for his party.
A bonnet for his party

And some patent shoes …
And some patent shoes.
And some patent shoes …
And some patent shoes.

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Spanish Song: Parts of the Body




Sing Parts of the Body in Spanish

Juan Pequeño BailaLittle John Dances
Juan Pequeño Baila is a Spanish Action Song for children to join in with to learn and pronounce the names of parts of the body in Spanish.

Actions:  Point to each body part as you sing its name.

Start by singing:
Juan pequeño baila,
baila, baila, baila.
Juan pequeño baila,
baila con …

Now add a body part:
… el dedo    the finger
Con el dedo, dedo, dedo,

así baila Juan pequeño.

Translation:
Little John dances,
dances, dances, dances.

Little John dances,
dances with … (the) his finger.
With his finger, finger, finger,
that’s how little John dances.

(Note:  The Spanish use THE but in English ‘ownership’ of the body part is included  =  His/her/its finger)

Repeat the song adding a new body part to the list each time: 

Juan Pequeño baila,
baila, baila, baila.
Juan Pequeño baila,
baila con …

El dedo         the finger
La mano       the hand
El codo          the elbow
El hombro   the shoulder
La cabeza    the head
El culo           the bottom
La rodilla     the knee
El pie              the foot

This is the complete rendition of the song:

Juan pequeño baila,
baila, baila, baila.
Juan pequeño baila,
baila con el dedo.
Con el dedo, dedo, dedo,
Con la mano, mano, mano,
Con el codo, codo, codo,
Con el hombro, hombro, hombro,
Con la cabeza, cabeza, cabeza,
Con el culo, culo, culo,
Con la rodilla, rodilla, rodilla,
Con el pie, pie, pie
¡Así baila Juan Pequeño!

For more about ‘The Body’ in Spanish try this:
Parts of the Body

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El Barquito Chiquitito




El Barquito Chiquitito – Spanish Nursery Rhyme

Video clip, Lyrics, Actions, Easy Guitar Chords, English translation,
+ free Downloadable Worksheet.

Había una vez =  Once upon a time (There was once …)
Había una vez un barquito chiquitito
Once upon a time there was a little boat

 

Actions:
Sit facing a partner, hold hands and swing back and forth in time to the music:

Había una vez
un barquito chiquitito,
(There was once a little boat)
Había una vez
un barquito chiquitito,

Que no sabía,
That didn’t know,
que no podía,
that didn’t know how to (that couldn’t),
que no podía navegar.
that didn’t know how to sail.

STOP SWINGING!
Hold up your hands and
 count to 6 on your fingers whilst singing:

Pasaron un, dos, tres,
cuatro, cinco, seis semanas
1 2 3 4 5 6 weeks went by(x2)
Pasaron un, dos, tres,
cuatro, cinco, seis semanas …

Start swinging back and forth again:

Y aquel barquito,
y aquel barquito,
y aquel barquito navegó.

(And that little boat,
and that little boat,
and that little boat sailed away.)

Repeat!

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Spanish Song: Yo Me Muevo




Yo Me Muevo – Spanish Nursery Rhyme

‘Yo Me Muevo’ is a Spanish Action Song for Children:
Read the lyrics + translation.  Sing and join in with the actions on the Video Clip, moving forwards, backwards and side to side, before pretending to be a train, a car, a fish … in Spanish.

Refrain:
Yo me muevo hacia delante,
I move forwards,

yo me muevo hacia atrás.
I move backwards

Hacia un lado,      to one side,

hacia otro,              to another,

yo me muevo sin parar.
I move without stopping.

– – – –

Ahora soy un coche
Now I am a car …

Ahora soy un pez 
Now I am a fish

Ahora soy la nube
Now I am the cloud …

Ahora soy un tren 
Now I am a train …

– – – –

Refrain:
Yo me muevo hacia delante,
yo me muevo hacia atrás.
Hacia un lado, 
hacia otro, 
yo me muevo sin parar.

– – – –

Ahora voy despacio
Now I go slowly

¡Ahora correré!
Now I will run!

¡Ahora voy cojeando,
Now I am limping

porque me duele un pie!
Because my foot is hurting

– – – –

Repeat …

 

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Spanish Song: En la Granja de Pepito




En la Granja de Pepito – Spanish Nursery Rhyme

En la Granja de Pepito is the Spanish version of the English nursery rhyme, Old Macdonald had a Farm.
Learn + Sing Animal Names in Spanish.

Join in with the Video Clip. Read the Lyrics.

En la Granja de Pepito = On Little Joseph’s Farm.
José = Joseph
Pepe is the nickname for José ..
Pepito = Little Pepe, i.e.  Little Joseph.

Refrain:
En la granja de Pepito X2

con  (with)
con el burro                 with the donkey

con el cocodrilo      with the crocodile

con el perro              with the dog

con el gato                 with the cat

con el gallo                with the cockerel

con el caballo           with the horse


For more practice talking about animals try this:

Animals in Spanish

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Il était un petit navire




Il était un petit navire

Gentle French nursery rhyme with lots of repetition about a little boat that sets sail for the first time.
Here is the first verse of this 16th Century French song with simple actions, lyrics and a video to join in with:

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Actions:
Verse:  Sit facing a partner, feet touching and holding hands, rocking back and forth in time with the music.
Chorus:  Stop and raise a hand to your forehead to look out to sea.

Verse:
Il était un petit navire
Il était un petit navire

Qui n’avait ja- ja- jamais navigué
Qui n’avait ja- ja- jamais navigué

Ohé, Ohé!

Chorus:
Ohé Ohé matelot,
matelot navigue sur les flots
Ohé, Ohé matelot,

matelot navigue sur les flots.

Translation:
There was a little boat
There was a little boat
Which had never sailed
Which had never sailed.

Ahoy, Ahoy sailor,
sailor sails upon the waves.
Ahoy, ahoy sailor,
sailor sails upon the waves.

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Le Furet Song + Activities




Il court le furet

Favourite French nursery rhyme, often used during games such as ‘Pass the Parcel’ and other games which are explained below.
Study the lyrics and join in with the video clip.
Try out the French games:
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Traditionally ‘Le Furet’ is also sung during the following more active French games for children: 
1.
Choose a child to be the ferret in the middle of a circle of children.  Ask those in the circle to hold onto a piece of string with their hands, both of which should be behind their backs.
Threaded onto the string is a ring which is passed from one child to the next as the children sing the nursery rhyme and move around in a circle.
‘The ferret’ tries to work out who is holding the ring and when he/she guesses correctly, he/she swaps places with the child who then becomes the ferret.

2.
A child is chosen to be the ferret and all the other children hold hands and walk around him/her in a circle singing:
Il court il court le furet
le furet du bois, Mesdames.
Il court, il court le furet,
le furet du bois joli.
Then, still holding hands, the children lift up their arms to make space for ‘the ferret’ to pass underneath, zigzaging in and out of the circle.   During this time the following refrain is sung several times:
Il est passé par ici,
il repassera par là! 
Finally the children cry ‘il dort!(he is sleeping), and the ferret curls up in the middle of the circle.
Children take it in turns to be the ferret.

The Words:
Il court, il court le furet,
Le furet du bois, Mesdames.
Il court, il court, le furet,
Le furet du bois joli.

Refrain:
Il est passé par ici.
 Il repassera par là.

– – – –

Translation:
The ferret runs, it runs,
The ferret of the wood, Ladies & Gentlemen.
The ferret runs, it runs,
The ferret from the pretty wood.

Refrain:
He has passed by here
He will pass by again over there.

 

 


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