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English in kindergarten and elementary school with children's songs

Today it is a matter of course in large parts of Germany that children are introduced to the English language in kindergarten or at the latest in elementary school. Hardly anyone denies that it makes sense to familiarize children with the important foreign language English at an early age. It is also undisputed that music and especially children's songs are highly suitable for establishing this first contact with a foreign language. On the following pages we have not limited ourselves to listing the texts and German translations of the most popular English children's songs, we have a list of the basic vocabulary used for each individual song compiled.

If you add up the vocabulary of all 35 children's songs, you arrive at the considerable and astonishing number of over 550 words (without double counting!) Just by listening frequently (and giving some explanations from adults), children can playfully build up valuable English vocabulary from which they will benefit later in school. The basic vocabulary taught includes, for example, the body parts (head, shoulder, knee, toe, leg, arm, finger, thumb, eye, ear etc.) and the ordinal numbers (one, two, three, four, five etc. as well as the first, second, third, fourth, fifth). If you go one step further and acquire the vocabulary of all 135 Nursery Rhymes (the full translations for each song can be found free of charge on our website), you can - even as an adult - build up a basic vocabulary of around 1500 English vocabulary using only English nursery rhymes. With the help of our grammatical and linguistic remarks (for example on the "going-to" future) parents, educators and / or teachers can help the children with the typical stumbling blocks of the English language.

While typical German children's songs tend to appear a bit infantile (all my ducklings swim on the lake, little heads in the water, tails up, bunnies in the pit, etc.), many traditional English nursery rhymes make reference to historical facts and figures are often of astonishing substance. Most of these nursery rhymes are centuries old and often refer to historical events. Therefore, from today's perspective, the meaning of many songs is difficult to understand, even for adults. In order to shed some light on this, you will find more detailed information on the respective context on our pages. The relevant research was carried out and compiled by the linguist and historian Andrés Ehmann.