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Ukulele and Rats World Tour

16 2010

If you’ve been trying to make sense of my posting schedule lately, chances are you didn’t have much luck. I haven’t been completely quiet though and you might have read my interview on Jim D’Ville‘s Play Ukulele by Ear blog.

Jim came up with really interesting questions on the similarities between language learning and ukulele learning and I must say I really enjoyed reflecting on the subject. You can read the interview here. I also discuss my ukulele learning process, the difficulties I encountered and the reason why I started this blog.

Now, let’s get back to our World Tour business. Today I saw a rat outside the window at work and this reminded me that I had seen a few ukulele videos featuring or mentioning rats lately. So we’re on for a Ukulele & Rats World Tour.

1.  Country : United-States / Language : French

Lonna B from Indianapolis illustrates my point about kid songs being great for learning a language. And this song, Y’a un Rat (There’s a Rat) is bilingual. It’s not the easiest of songs for non-French natives as the word ‘grenier‘ is quite difficult to pronounce.

French lyrics are :

Y’a un rat dans l’ grenier

J’entends le chat qui miaule,

Y’a un rat dans l’ grenier

J’entends le chat miauler.

J’entends, j’entends,

J’entends le chat qui miaule,

J’entends, j’entends,

J’entends le chat miauler.

Thanks to Ron‘s comment, we have a new addition to this category. Lisa (weesamin), a rat lover from the US, covers a song by Camille called La Demeure d’un Ciel. It is not always easy to make out the French lyrics but you can read them here.

2. Country : Canada / Language : English

Next we meet Dylan the Rat, a friendly rambling rat, helping the rats in need that he meets as he travels around the world.

Canadian folk musician Pat LePoidevin performs the theme song Dylan the Rat .

3. Country : Poland / Language : Polish

Kuba Prachowski from Poland doesn’t seem to mind performing with a rat sitting on his shoulder but the song seemed too much for the rat in the end. The song is called Co ja zrobie, ze mi sie podobasz (What will I do that I like)

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2 Comments »

  1. Ron Hale on the 16th of August 2010 @ 23:02

    A photo of a rat is the featured visual of the video –

    La Demeure d’un Ciel Cover (uke)
    from: weesamin

    And one featuring a cute little mouse (who meets a sad fate) is –

    Goodbye London 2006 – 2009
    From: katianwitchger

  2. Armelle Europe on the 17th of August 2010 @ 18:30

    Ron : thanks for the finds. I did update my post with the ‘La Demeure d’un Ciel’ video.
    I left out the mouse video, after all this is a post about rats and I’d have to change my post title too.

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