French Songs

French Songs for Kids

This is a collection of traditional French songs and nursery rhymes recorded at a slightly slower pace with lots of repetition and English translation tracks to help young English children to join in and sing along.  Some of the songs have actions.
Friendly pre-school and primary French listening and oral practice.
Listen for free to all the songs and translation tracks below, and click on the green links to read the words in print as you sing along.

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A Green Mouse French songs for children

The songs + translation tracks are also available on CD and on iTunes:




1. POMME DE REINETTE:

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Enjoy this lemur trying to join in with the actions for this simple French counting rhyme.  As an alternative to youtube, click here for a translation track and to sing along as you read the words:
Pomme de Reinette

 

2.  PROMENONS-NOUS DANS LES BOIS!
–    Let’s go for a walk in the woods!
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This French children’s song is very similar to ‘What’s the time, Mr Wolf’ but the children ask the wolf what he is doing:
Que fais-tu?

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Click here to read the words while you sing along:
Promenons-nous dans les bois

 

3.  IL ÉTAIT UN PETIT NAVIRE
–    There was once a little boat

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Introduction to a gentle, 16th Century French song for children:

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(Correction to translation track:  ‘Ohé’ = Ahoy)

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Click here to read the words as you sing along:
Il était un petit navire

 

4.  UNE SOURIS VERTE
–    A Green Mouse
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Classic song about a green mouse being caught by the tail:

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Click here to reads the words as you sing along:
Une souris verte

 

5.  MEUNIER, TU DORS!
–    Miller, you are sleeping!

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French lullaby about a miller not looking after his windmill.  If it turns too fast, sparks could fly:

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Meunier tu dors

 

6.  IL COURT LE FURET
–    The ferret runs

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French children like to sing this song during games such as ‘Pass the Parcel’:

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Click here to read the words as you sing along, and for instructions for the traditional French games which use ‘Le Furet’:
Il court le furet

 


7.  MON ÂNE
     My donkey

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The first verse of a French song about a donkey not feeling well.
The donkey has a headache:

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Click here to read the words as you sing along:
Mon âne





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