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    Improve your ear for French with a kids song! This is eenie, meenie, miney, moe in French. This clip is 55 words in 40 seconds, how many can you hear and understand? This is the best way to improve your French listening comprehension.

    Learn French with a kids song snippet! This clip is from the Bonjour Tonton Youtube channel. Listen and fill in what you hear below. Read more and find a translation below. Find the full song here.

    40 seconds, 55 words
    Tonton « ,///,,/! » ', ',! « ,///,,/! » ', ',!
    Tonton « ,/colégram/Bourreratatam/,,/! » ', ',! « ,/colégram/Bourrebourreratatam/,,/! » ', ',!
    Tonton « ,/Piquepiquecolégram/Bourrebourreratatam/,,/! » ', ',! « ,/Piquepiquecolégram/Bourrebourreratatam/,,/! » ', ',!

    The above audio sample and transcription is from Bonjour Tonton Youtube channel. We do not own the content. Listen to the entire song here.

    eenie, meenie, miney mo.

    Not really about listening for French, but this was used in class the other day and I just really got interested in it.

    The teacher was choosing someone to speak and did this. Though I think he added on more than the simple one.

    While for sure, this is something for kids and not really accurate, I still think it’s a fun cultural thing that gets you deeper into the roots. After all, if you’re in France speaking with someone, almost everyone will have played or said this as a kid. It gives you some cultural common ground if needed. And who doesn’t need it?

    What did you think? What song should we do next?

    The snippet in English

    Find a translation of this snippet here, how much of this did you hear?

    I love Google’s translation. Not sure how accurate it is.

    Tonton écoute
    Am stram gram,
    Pique et pique et colégram
    Bourre et bourre et ratatam
    Am, stram, gram
    Pique!

    C’est pour moi, C’est pour moi, le gâteau!

    Voilà le chocolat 

    Am stram gram,
    Pique et pique et colégram
    Bourre et bourre et ratatam
    Am, stram, gram
    Pique!

    C’est pour moi, C’est pour moi, le chocolat!

    Listen, Tonton
    Uncle is listening
    Eenie Meenie,
    Spades and spades and colegram
    Stuffing and stuffing and ratatam
    Eenie Meenie
    Spades!

    This is for me, This is for me, the cake!

    Here is the chocolate

    Eenie Meenie,
    Spades and spades and colegram
    Stuffing and stuffing and ratatam
    Eenie Meenie
    Spades!

    This is for me, This is for me, chocolate!

    And of course, there is always the English version:

    Eenie, Meenie, Miney, Moe

    Catch a Tiger by the toe

    If he hollers let him go

    Eenie, Meenie, Miney, Moe

    French Text from Bonjour Tonton. Google Translate Link

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