Els números i pedretas
Conillets a amagar
La gallina ponicana
Last updated: 13/09/2016 16:19
The songs below are part of ‘Joan del Rui’ The Catalan collection
compiled, adapted, translated and illustrated by Dany Rosevear
To watch the author sing a song click on the title at:
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Why a separate Catalan collection?
My intention in researching Catalan songs was to add just a small number to my original Spanish collection. However it was obvious from the outset that this region of Spain is a particularly rich source of wonderful music and rhythms and before long I had assembled and translated a dedicated compilation of singing games and dances.
Many of these had been accessed on the internet in the form of videos. The dances themselves should be self evident from the directions given but I would urge anyone who would like to introduce these songs in the Catalan language to classes of children to illustrate the dances using these videos as a model to copy on their whiteboards.
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The Catalan Collection
It is hoped that where possible these songs will be sung in their home language. An English version is provided so children can enjoy the tunes before they have mastered Catalan. Literal translations do not always make sense to the English ear so these have been translated freely to complement the music and capture the spirit of each song.
Spoken Catalan like Spanish is quite distinctive from spoken English. The more distinctive sounds of letters in the words of the songs are provided to aid pronunciation in the guide below. The letters not listed are pronounced approximately as in English.
a stressed sounds like ah (father) as in pa
a unstressed sounds like a (sugar) as in porta
e open sounds like e (met) at the beginning or within a word as in nen
e closed sounds like e (they) at the beginning or within a word as in llet
i sounds like ee (feet) as in nit
e sounds like ay at the end of a word as in leche
o sounds like oa (boat) as in boca
u sounds like oo (boot) as in una
b is silent after m as in amb
c sounds like c (acid) before the letters i and e as in cel
ç sounds like c (acid) as in canço
g (before e and i) and j sounds like sh (vision) as in pàgina jeure
g sounds like h (hallo) before the letters i and e as in gente
h is always silent unless the word is of foreign origin
ll sounds like lli (million) as in llapis
p is silent after m as in llamp
v at the beginning of a word sounds like b as in vi
rr sounds like a Scottish r as in carro
v sounds like b as in vaca
s and z sounds like z (zoo) as in casa zero
u is silent after g and q as in gue qui
x at the beginning of a word or after l, n, r sounds like sh as in xarop
There are many sites on line that provide help with pronunciations
Written Catalan like Spanish is distinctive from written English; fewer capitals are used at the beginning of each line of verse, exclamation and question marks are used both at the beginning and end of sentences. However, for familiarity I have usually conformed to the English model when writing Catalan verse.
Conillets a amagar O
Learn to count in Catalan in this hide and seek game with one hare and a bunch of rabbits.
Listen at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gO3k_3ixGcg
La gallina ponicana O
What a wonderful creature is the hen but her nest of eggs are hidden away. Learn to count in Catalan and to keep to a rhythm going.
Sit in a circle with legs outstretched and toes up. Provide one child, the hen, with a drumstick or similar. In a larger circle choose two or three hens.
La pedreta O
Who has the stone? Pass a smooth round stone from one hand to the floor where it is quickly picked up by the next child. Instead of blindfolding a child could crouch down in the centre with eyes closed.
Watch at: https://vimeo.com/143134791
Les pometes 🔊
This song, also called ‘El ballet del rotlletó,’ is particularly suitable for windy autumn days.
Make circles of six to nine children. Each child is allocated a number.
La tortuga ballaruga O
Shy turtle disappears into her shell but music encourages her to come out and dance.
Pedra, pedreta O
The youngest can simply roll dough between the hands while singing.
Listen and watch a simple game at:
Older children stand by the side of a partner in a circle.
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