Songs in Korean

Follow along with Sung Sook Woo as she teaches us two songs in Korean: Tadpole Song and Kiss! Kiss! Kiss!

Meet Sung Sook Woo
Learn the song Tadpole Song

Learn the song Kiss! Kiss! Kiss!

Learn about the language and culture through information and stories

Meet Sung Sook Woo

Sung Sook Woo came to Canada four years ago from Seoul, South Korea where she worked as an architect for many years. After immigrating, Sung Sook studied to be an early childhood educator. Sung Sook is a family support worker for MOSAIC at the Newcomers’ Centre for Children and Families in Burnaby. She lives in Richmond and enjoys watching movies and listening to music with her family.

Tadpole Song

This funny action song was written by Hyeonjin (Jin) Yoon, a young woman from Seoul, to help young children remember the order in which the legs develop as a tadpole changes into a frog. It is well known throughout South Korea.

Print the words to this song [PDF]
Find ideas for using this song in a program about frogs

tadpole song in Korean script 

Olchaengisong
Gaeulgae olchaengi han mari
Kobulkobul heeomchida
Dwitdariga ssuk
Apdariga ssuk
Paljjakpaljjak gaeguri dwaenne
Kobulkobul kobulkobul kobulkobul olchaengiga
Dwitdariga ssuk
Apdariga ssuk
Paljjakpaljjak gaeguri dwaenne

Tadpole Song
There’s a tadpole by the small steam
Swimming zigzag
Here came hind legs
Here came front legs
It became a jumping frog
Zigzag, zigzag, zigzag (swimming) tadpole
Here came hind legs
Here came front legs
It became a jumping frog

Kiss! Kiss! Kiss!

Kiss! Kiss! Kiss! is the catchy theme song of a long-running and very popular children's morning television show in South Korea.

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Find ideas for using this song in a program about parents

Kiss Kiss Kiss in Korean script

Ppoppoppo
Appaga chulgeunhal ttae ppoppoppo
Eommaga anajwodo ppoppoppo
Mannamyeon bangapdago ppoppoppo
Heeojil ttaen tto mannayo ppoppoppo
Urineun gwiyeomdungi ppoppoppo chingu
Ppoppoppo ppoppoppo ppoppoppo chingu

Kiss! Kiss! Kiss!
Kiss, kiss, kiss, when daddy leaves to work
Kiss, kiss, kiss, when mommy hugs me
Kiss, kiss, kiss, when we meet each other
Kiss, kiss, kiss when we say goodbye
We are cutie-pie kiss, kiss, kiss friends
Kiss, kiss, kiss
Kiss, kiss, kiss
Kiss, kiss, kiss friends

Learn about the language and culture through information and stories

Korean is the national language of North Korea and South Korea. It gave English the word taekwondo. Did you know that Korean speakers show respect to someone of higher status by changing the endings of their verbs?

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