Alphabet songs around the world?
April 18, 2011 1:11 PM Subscribe
Are there "alphabet songs" for alphabets other than English? THere is the familiar alphabet song, to the tune of "twinkle twinkle little star". Are there similar songs for children learning the alphabets of other languages, such as Finnish, German, French, Spanish, Italian, Russian, etc.?
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There is evidence that the alphabet song helps English-speaking children in the US (and Canada?) learn their letters, and that knowledge of letter names is strongly related to early reading achievement. If alphabet songs are indeed useful, one might expect them to occur in languages other than English. MeFites who are native speakers of other languages that use alphabets: did you learn an alphabet song? If so, did it refer to letters by their names or sounds? The standard, Twinkle Twinkle/Baa Baa Black sheep alphabet song for English uses names for letters (A is "ay", B is "bee", M is "em" etc.). A song could also use sounds associated with the letters (e.g., B is /b/, M is /m/), maybe. Anyone familiar with alphabet songs in languages other than English?