Songs in English

Follow along with Jennifer Bradley and Allison Knights as they teach us two songs in English: If You're Happy and You Know It and The Wheels on the Bus.

Meet Jennifer and Allison
Learn the song
If You're Happy and You Know It
Learn the song The Wheels on the Bus
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Meet Jennifer and Allison

Jennifer Bradley currently lives in New Westminster, raising two daughters who love to sing and perform. Her mom grew up singing in the Ottawa Valley farming community. Her dad was born and raised at the Seigniory Club in Montebello, Quebec, but moved west in search of milder weather and new opportunities. Jen works as a children's librarian for Burnaby Public Library.

Allison Knights was raised in Burnaby where she continues to live. Her mother emigrated from Scotland, so Allison grew up knowing about Scottish culture. Her father was born and raised in Burnaby and has family roots in British Columbia's Cariboo Gold Rush days. Allison works as a children's librarian for Burnaby Public Library.

If You're Happy and You Know It

Children enjoy making up new verses to this traditional action song.

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If You're Happy and You Know It
If you're happy and you know it, clap your hands
If you're happy and you know it, clap your hands
If you're happy and you know it, and you really want to show it
If you're happy and you know it, clap your hands

If you're mad and you know it, stomp your feet
If you're mad and you know it, stomp your feet
If you're mad and you know it, and you really want to show it
If you're mad and you know it, stomp your feet

If you're excited and you know it, shout hurray!
If you're excited and you know it, shout hurray!
If you're excited and you know it, and you really want to show it
If you're excited and you know it, shout hurray!

The Wheels on the Bus

Also known as The Bus Song, the author of this popular "imitation" song is unknown. It first appeared in children's song books in the early 1960s.

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The Wheels on the Bus
The wheels on the bus go 'round and 'round
'Round and 'round, 'round and 'round
The wheels on the bus go 'round and 'round
All through the town

The doors on the bus go open and shut
Open and shut, open and shut
The doors on the bus go open and shut
All through the town

The horn on the bus goes beep beep beep
Beep beep beep, beep beep beep
The horn on the bus goes beep beep beep
All through the town

Learn about the language and culture through information and stories

English is one of Canada’s two official languages. It has more native speakers worldwide than any language except Mandarin Chinese. Did you know that English has the largest vocabulary of any language? This is partly because it has borrowed words from more than 50 languages.

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