Songs in Vietnamese

Follow along with Lan Joyce, Alyssa, Angelina, Jonathan and Sarah as they teach us two songs in Vietnamese: The Little Stork and Counting Stars.

Meet Lan Joyce
Learn the song The Little Stork

Learn the song Counting Stars
Learn about the language and culture through information and stories

Meet Lan Joyce

Đó Ngọc Lan Joyce sings with Alyssa (age 5), Angelina (age 7), Jonathan (age 4) and Sarah (age 4). Lan came to Canada 14 years ago from Hanoi, Vietnam. In Vietnamese, “Ngọc Lan” is the name of a small white flower with a very beautiful smell. Lan has a degree in cartography and is vice president and head of production for International Travel Maps & Books (IMTB) Publishing in Richmond. A grandmother, Lan loves to sing, dance and work with children in her free time.

The Little Stork

Storks are very familiar and dear to the Vietnamese people, especially farmers. The bird is included in many Vietnamese sayings, folk songs and lullabies.

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Con Cò Bé Bé
Con cò bé bé
Nó đậu cành tre
Đi không hỏi mẹ biết đi đàng nào?
Khi đi em hỏi
Khi về em chào
Miệng em chúm chím
Mẹ có yêu không nào

The Little Stork
The little stork
Perching on a bamboo branch
It left home without asking its mom for permission
I ask for permission when I leave
I greet when I come back
Do you love my little mouth, mom?

Counting Stars

Một, hai, ba, bốn, năm, sáu - this counting song teaches the Vietnamese words for one, two, three, four, five and six.

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Đếm Sao
Một ông sao sáng
Hai ông sáng sao
Ba ông sao sáng
Sáng chiếu muôn ánh vàng
Kìa bốn ông sáng sao
Kìa năm ông sao sáng
Kìa sáu ông sáng sao
Trên trời cao

Counting Stars
One shining star
Two stars shining
Three shining stars
Shining countless golden glitters
There we have four stars shining
There we have five shining stars
There we have six stars shining
In the sky

Learn about the language and culture through information and stories

Vietnamese is the official language of Vietnam. It’s written in quoc ngu script, a version of the Latin alphabet. Did you know that Vietnamese is a tone language? Speaking the same word in six different tones conveys six different meanings.

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