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Monday, May 27th, 2013

Is My Daughter Singing in Korean?


My six-year-old was teaching this song the other night to her sister. I had to pay attention to see if this was a new Arabic song she might have learned from her babysitter but realized after a sec it wasn’t Arabic or any other language we know. What was she singing?

“Korean,” she answered me flatly (in that, sigh mom, isn’t this obvious way). “Chu-Hee and Jeehyun taught it to me.” Those are two of her friends, both Korean, in kindergarten. I love hearing her sing the song, and she is obsessed with singing it lately. But my question for someone who speaks Korean is if this is really intelligible Korean? Please let me know in the comments!

© 2013, Stephanie Meade. All rights reserved.

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Stephanie is the Founder and Editor-in-Chief of InCultureParent. She has two Moroccan-American daughters (ages 5 and 6), whom she is raising, together with her husband, bilingual in Arabic and English at home, while also introducing Spanish. After many moves worldwide, she currently lives in Berkeley, California.

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  1. CommentsAbbey   |  Monday, 03 June 2013 at 12:18 am

    It sounds like she jumbled up some words and its hard to make out what she is saying but it is definitely suppose to be Korean.

  2. CommentsExtra-curricular language programs in the East Bay   |  Friday, 06 September 2013 at 8:04 am

    […] of raising kids in the Bay Area is the diversity of cultures and languages all around us everyday. My daughter came home singing in a language I couldn’t readily identify last year, and after some fact finding, I discovered her friends at school had taught her a Korean […]

  3. CommentsBill   |  Wednesday, 26 March 2014 at 8:22 pm

    I know this is old, but she is singing a Korean patty cake song my mom taught my sister as a child.

  4. CommentsThe Editors   |  Wednesday, 26 March 2014 at 9:08 pm

    I appreciate the feedback everyone! And how sweet that this song even brings up memories of your mom teaching your sister this song as a child Bill! It’s almost a year later and my daughter continues to be very interested in Korean thanks to her friends!

  5. Comments5 Gründe, Kinder mehrsprachig zu erziehen | Rosetta Stone Blog   |  Wednesday, 09 April 2014 at 2:15 pm

    […] spricht, begegnet man Menschen verschiedener Herkunft mit mehr Offenheit. Ein Beweis dafür ist meine dreisprachige Tochter, wie sie auf Koreanisch singt – dank einiger ihrer Koreanisch–Amerikanischen Freunde im Kindergarten. Eine Sprache, die man […]

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