Perhaps as language learners, we need to be as determined as the itsy bitsy spider. Pick yourself up, dust yourself off, and try again.
“Through every kind of disaster and setback and catastrophe. We are survivors. And we teach our children about that.” writes Robert Fulghum.
Chulmoon gave me the book “All I Really Need To Know I Learned in Kindergarten”. It is in Korean. One essay talks about the children’s song “Itsy Bitsy Spider”.
가미가 줄을 타고 올라갑니다.
가미가 줄을 타고 올라갑니다
수낙비가 와서 찢어졌어요.
해님이 다시 솟아오르면
거미가 줄을 타고 올라갑니다.
The itsy-bitsy spider
Climbed up the waterspout
Down came the rain
And washed the spider out
Out came the sun
And dried up all the rain
And the itsy bitsy spider
Climbed up the spout again
Here are some more children’s songs in Korean from a Sunday School. I enjoy songs with hand motions.
Here are the words in Korean:
눈 눈 눈 성경 보고요
코 코 코 숨을 쉬고요
입 입 입 찬송 부르고
귀 귀 귀 말씀 들어요
머리 머리 머리 예수님 생각
가슴 가슴 가슴 예수님 사랑
손 손 손 봉사 하소요
발 발 발 교회 가지요
And the translation in English: (From Konglish Baby)
Eyes, eyes, eyes; I can read the Bible
Nose, nose, nose; thank God for every breath
Mouth, mouth, mouth; sing praises to our God
Ear, ear, ear; listen to His Word
Head, head, head; think about His Love!
Heart, heart, heart; my Savior loves me so
Hand, hand, hand, serving God and others
Feet, feet, feet; takes us to our church