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French Nursery Rhymes French Nursery Rhymes

'Ah! Vous Dirai Je Maman'

Ah vous dirai je maman, Ah, to you I will say mama,
Ce qui cau-se mon tourment! This which causes my torment!
Papa veut que je raison-ne, Dad wants that I reason,
Comme un-e grand-e personne, Like a big person,
Moi je dis que les bonbons, Me, I say that sweets
Va-lent mieux que la raison. (Are) valued better than reason.

'Le Loup'

Promenons nous dans les bois, Let's go for a walk in the woods,
Pendant qui le loup n'y est pas, While the wolf is not there,
Si le loup y ├ętait il nous mangerait, If the wolf were there, he would eat us.
Loup, y es tu? Wolf, are you there?
M'entends tu? Can you hear me?
Que fais tu? What are you doing?

'Cadet Rouselle'

Cadet Rouselle a trois maisons, Cadet Rouselle has three houses,
Cadet Rouselle a trois maisons, Cadet Rouselle has three houses,
Qui n'ont ni poutres ni chevrons, Which have neither beams nor rafters,
Qui n'ont ni poutres ni chevrons, Which have neither beams nor rafters,
C'est pour loger les hirondelles, They are homes for the swallows,
Que direz-vous d'Cadet Rouselle? What can you say of Cadet Rouselle?
Ah! Ah! Ah! mais vraiment, Ah! Ah! Ah! but truly,
Cadet Rouselle est bon enfant! Cadet Rouselle is (a) good child!

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