10 April 2012

Frère Jacques

Singing is a great way to get used to a language and practice the prosody, rhythm and cadence of your speech. It is also, for many, a way to practice your accent in a more uninhibited way and get more comfortable with a new language.  A few weeks ago, I posted my personal French favorite, The Rainbow Colors Song. (If you missed it, you can find it here, but warning: it gets stuck in your head!)
Another fun song is Frère Jacques.  Here is a video for the melody and a copy of the lyrics for you. It is a fun song and sung to the tune of the English version "Are you sleeping (Brother John)?". It is also a melody that is used alot to teach other French vocabulary. Try singing this one this week, with or without your kids!

Here's the lyrics:

Frère Jacques, Frère Jacques,
Dormez-vous? Dormez-vous?
Sonnez les matines! Sonnez les matines!
Din, dan, don. Din, dan, don.

Rough translation:

Brother Jacob, Brother Jacob,
Are you sleeping? Are you sleeping?
Morning bells are ringing! Mornings bells are ringing!
Ding, dang, dong. Ding, dang, dong.



  1. What a wonderful way to share, thank you . Can't wait to read the book. Sparkle


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