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Subject: To learn Dutch
(29 augustus 2011)

Dear Rozemarijn,

Allow me to introduce myself, my name is Rininta Nugroho from Indonesia. I'm currently starting my master's studies at TU Delft in Engineering. We are currently in the middle of introduction week and part of the task is to make a plan that will help us to adapt to the culture and situation here in the Netherlands (as most of us are international students).

My group and I are interested to make our project about starting to learn the Dutch language through children's songs. Could you help us to provide some information about which 2-3 songs would be the most common to learn in school? Which songs are the most educative about the Dutch ways or culture and which songs are intended to help Dutch children learn vocabulary?

As we are on tight deadline, it would be much appreciated if you could reply as soon as possible. Thank you!

Kind regards, Rininta.

Answer     (30 augustus 2011)

Hello Rininta,

Maybe I'm too late, but this are soms well-known children's songs.

* Vader Jacob (canon)
Same melody as: "Are you sleeping, brother John"
lyric and mp3:

* Alle eendjes zwemmen in het water (short, simply and well-known)
"All the ducks are swiming in the water"
lyric and mp3:

* Hoofd, schouders knie en teen (pointing at your head, shoulders, knee and toes)
lyric and mp3:

* Slaap kindje slaap (most famous lullaby, short, simple lines)
"Sleep baby sleep, a sheep is walking outside"
lyric and mp3:

* or a famous birthday song: first two songs on this page are the most famous:

If you want to know the meaning of a song, let me know.

Have a nice week, best regards,


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