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A Japanese Children’s Song; Musun de

If you are trying to learn a language, learning songs is a great way, and if you learn children’s songs, they are easy to understand. This song is especially easy to understand because there are easy hand actions with eat line of the song. I have found pictures that help you with each hand action, and under the pictures, in the bold letters are the words that go with that hand action. “Te” means “hand or hands.” If “t” comes after certain letters in Japanese, it becomes a “d,” so “de” also can mean “hand or hands.” I have looked on youtube, and the tune is there, so you can hear it sung. I also heard some words that I wasn’t taught like in one place it says “sono te o ueni” which means “put those hands up.” A Japanese exchange student stayed in my house for a while when my oldest son was a baby, and her mother ran a nursery school in Japan. She loved to get information from her mother to use on my son, and she taught us this song from her mother. For most of the song, just watch the hand actions, and it is self explanatory. “Hiai” = open. “mata” = again. “ute” means “make a sound.” “uta” = song. “utaimasu” = sing, and “ute” = make a sound, like clapping.

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Musun de

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Te o ute
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