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Spanish Nursery Rhymes – ¿Dónde están las llaves?

Just as nursery rhymes are great for kids learning their own language, they are also great for learning other languages. This one is called ¿Dónde están las leaves? Where are the keys?

This song/rhyme originated in France, but is popular in most all of the Spanish speaking countries. The “materile, rile, ron chimpón” lines don’t mean anything, they are just catchy to sing! It can also be turned into a game for the kids as they sing.

Here are the lyrics in Spanish:

1. Yo tengo un castillo,
Matarile, rile, rile.
Yo tengo un castillo,
Matarile, rile, ron chimpón.

2. ¿Dónde están las llaves?
Matarile, rile, rile.
¿Dónde están las llaves?
Matarile, rile, ron chimpón.

3. En el fondo del mar,
Matarile, rile, rile.
En el fondo del mar,
Matarile, rile, ron chimpón.

4. ¿Quién irá a buscarlas?
Matarile, rile, rile.
¿Quién irá a buscarlas?
Matarile, rile, ron chimpón.

5. (Que) Irá (nombre de niño/a),
Matarile, rile, rile.
(Que) Irá (nombre de niño/a),
Matarile, rile, ron chimpón.

6. ¿Qué oficio le pondrá?
Matarile, rile,
¿Qué oficio le pondrá?
Matarile, rile, ron chimpón.

7. Le pondremos (oficio, como peluquera),
Matarile, rile, rile.
Le pondremos (oficio, como peluquera),
Matarile, rile, ron chimpón.

8. Este oficio tiene multa,
Matarile, rile, rile.
Este oficio tiene multa,
Matarile, rile, ron chimpón.

Here is. a link to the sheet music for this song:

Here is the English translation of the lyrics:

1. I have a castle,
Matarile, rile, rile
I have a castle,
Matarile, rile, ron, chimpon

2. Where are the keys?
Matarile, rile, rile
Where are the keys?
Matarile, rile, ron, chimpon

3. At the bottom of the sea…

4. Who will look for them?…

5. (Boy or girl’s name) will go…

6. What job will you give him/her?…

7. We’ll make him/her a hairdresser…

8. This job has a penalty fee…

Amber

Amber moved to Guadalajara, Mexico with her family when she was just 7 years old. They all learned and spoke Spanish there and lived there for 5+ years, visiting frequently. Amber studied Spanish all through high school and minored in it in college. She learned a lot about learning languages when she and her family moved to France and took on the challenge of learning French. She has also learned a lot about teaching kids since she has been homeschooling her 8 from the start. Amber has taken all she has learned from all these experiences to make this Spanish course specifically for kids to be able to start speaking Spanish right away. The focus is on helping kids learn to make sentences and to learn vocabulary words in context. Speaking, listening, practicing and repeating make this program a winner when it comes to helping kids learn Spanish!

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