11 episodes

Ciao, talofa, hello! Welcome to Mother Tongue - a children’s podcast celebrating the many wonderful languages spoken by families right across Australia!

Learn to say hello in Cantonese, goodbye in Koori, sing a song in Greek, or learn all about the Lebanese flag.

Mother Tongue host, Sirine says; “The idea for this show came from my experience with my daughter; the songs my mother sang to me as a child stayed with me and I sang them to her when she was born. Elyssa is now 4 years old, and still loves these songs – she’ll never forget where they came from and we should never lose this connection with our language of origin.”

Sharing language and culture brings kids closer together and sparks curiosity about the world so subscribe now and enjoy!

Mother Tongue with Sirine Kinderling Kids Radio

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    • 4.5, 10 Ratings

Ciao, talofa, hello! Welcome to Mother Tongue - a children’s podcast celebrating the many wonderful languages spoken by families right across Australia!

Learn to say hello in Cantonese, goodbye in Koori, sing a song in Greek, or learn all about the Lebanese flag.

Mother Tongue host, Sirine says; “The idea for this show came from my experience with my daughter; the songs my mother sang to me as a child stayed with me and I sang them to her when she was born. Elyssa is now 4 years old, and still loves these songs – she’ll never forget where they came from and we should never lose this connection with our language of origin.”

Sharing language and culture brings kids closer together and sparks curiosity about the world so subscribe now and enjoy!

    Mother Tongue: Arabic

    Mother Tongue: Arabic

    Learn Arabic in our kids podcast Mother Tongue!

    Marhaba! That means hello in Arabic. In this episode, join our host Sirine - who was born in Lebanon - as she shares some words, songs and traditions from her language and culture. 

    This is a Kinderling Kids Radio podcast. If you love what you hear then please subscribe, rate and leave a lovely review! It really helps :)

    Here are the Arabic words you'll learn in this episode:

    Marhaba - Hello
    Darbuka - Lebanese Drum
    Arzeh - Cedar Tree
    Sissan - Baby chickens
    Manoosh - a Lebanese food, usually eaten at breakfast
    Maa Salemeh - Bye

    SONG: 

    Ha Sissan,
    Shu helween
    Aambi dooroh hawla emmon mabsooteen
    Shirboh may
    Alu khay
    Rafa’u rahson hamadu rabbon, mabsooteen

    Translation:

    These chicks...
    How beautiful they are
    They are walking around their mother happily
    They drank water
    and said Wow Yum Yum
    They raised their heads and thanked their mother happily.

    • 6 min
    Mother Tongue: Spanish

    Mother Tongue: Spanish

    Learn Spanish in our kids podcast Mother Tongue! 

    Hola! That means hello in Spanish. In this episode, Sirine is joined by Lorena whose parents come from Argentina. She grew up speaking both the Spanish and English languages. Find out more about her culture including what her favourite Argentinian snack is.

    This is a Kinderling Kids Radio podcast. If you love what you hear then please subscribe, rate and leave a lovely review! It really helps :) 

    Here are the Spanish words you'll learn in this episode:

    Hola - Hello
    Bandoneon - an Argentinian instrument, like an accordion.
    Sol Deh Mayo - The Sun of May (which you see on the Argentinian flag)
    Medialuna - An Argentinian snack, kind of like a croissant.
    Que Rico - Yummy
    Ciao - Bye

    SONG:  

    Arroz con leche,
    Me quiero casar
    con una señorita de San Nicolás,
    que sepa bordar,
    que sepa tejer,
    que sepa abrir la puerta par ir a jugar.

     Con ésta sí
    con ésta no,
    con esta señorita me caso yo.

     Yo soy la vuidita,
    Del barrio del Rey
    Me Quiero casar
    Y no se con quien

     Con este si
    Con este no
    Con este senorito me caso yo.

    English translation:

    Rice Pudding,
    I want to marry,
    A lady from San Nicholas,
    Who knows how to embroider
    Who knows how to knit
    Who knows how to open the door to go play

     With this girl yes,
    With this girl no,
    With this little girl I'll be wed.

     I am a little widow
    From the Kings land,
    I want to marry
    But I don’t know with whom

     With this boy yes,
    With this boy no,
    With this little boy I'll be wed.

    • 7 min
    Mother Tongue: Cantonese

    Mother Tongue: Cantonese

    Learn Cantonese in our kids podcast Mother Tongue! 

    Nei hou means hello in Cantonese. In this episode Sirine is joined by Angel who grew up in Hong Kong. She shares a fun song and talks about a very yummy snack! Ho mei! 

    This is a Kinderling Kids Radio podcast. If you love what you hear then please subscribe, rate and leave a lovely review! It really helps :)

    Here are the Cantonese words you'll learn in this episode:

    Lei Ho 你好 - Hello
    Yi Wu二胡 - A string instrument also known as a Chinese Violin
    Gung Fu功夫 - Kung Fu (a form of Martial Arts)
    Gao Zi 餃子 - Chinese dumplings of various types
    Ho Mei 好味 - Very good (and you say it when you eat something yummy)
    Joi Gin 再見 - See you again (Bye)

    SONG:  

    Yao-Zak-Che-Chay-Dee-Lokshui
    Dee-Lokshui
    Dee-Lokshui
    Yao-Zak-Che-Chay-Dee-Lokshui
    Bai shui ching ho 

    Yao-Zak-Che-Chay-Dee-Lokshui
    Dee-Lokshui

     Dee-Lokshui
    Yao-Zak-Che-Chay-Dee-Lokshui
    Bai shui ching ho

    Translation:

    Yao-Zak-Che-Chay-Dee-Lokshui means A Bird Falling Into Water.

    • 7 min
    Mother Tongue: Hindi

    Mother Tongue: Hindi

    Learn Hindi in our kids podcast Mother Tongue! 

    Namaste means hello in Hindi. Join Sirine as she chats to her friend Sidd whose family comes from India. He tells her all about his language and culture, including the magical-sounding sitar and a colourful festival called Holi. 

    This is a Kinderling Kids Radio podcast. If you love what you hear then please subscribe, rate and leave a lovely review! It really helps :) 

    Here are the Hindi words you'll learn in this episode:

    Namaste - Hello
    Sitar - A traditional Indian instrument, like a guitar
    Holi - Indian festival of colour
    Akkad Bakkad Bambe Bo - A popular counting song in Hindi
    Samosa - A yummy Indian snack
    Va - Wow (and you say it when you eat something yummy)
    Alvida- Goodbye

    SONG:  

    Akar bakar bambay bo
    Asi nabay pooray sao
    Sao mein lagga dhaga
    Chor nikal ke bhaga.

     Akar bakar bambay bo
    Asi nabay pooray sao
    Sao mein lagga dhaga
    Chor nikal ke bhaga.

    • 7 min
    Mother Tongue: Tagalog

    Mother Tongue: Tagalog

    Learn Tagalog in our kids podcast Mother Tongue! 

    Kamusta! That means hello in Tagalog, the main language spoken in the Phillipines. In this episode, Sirine’s guest is Jasmina whose parents are from the Philippines and she shares special parts of her culture including a lovely song. 

    This is a Kinderling Kids Radio podcast. If you love what you hear then please subscribe, rate and leave a lovely review! It really helps :) 

    Here are the Tagalog words you'll learn in this episode:

    Kamusta - Hello
    Agung - A traditional Philippine drum
    Bahay Kubo - Cubed house
    Suman - A yummy snack from the Philippines.
    Masarap - Yummy!
    Paalam- Goodbye

    SONG:  

    Bahay kubo, kahit munti
    Ang halaman doon, ay sari sari
    Sinkamas at talong, sigarilyas at mani
    Sitaw, bataw, patani. 

    Kundol, patola, upo't kalabasa
    At saka mayroon pang labanos, mustasa,
    Sibuyas, kamatis, bawang at luya
    Sa paligid-ligid ay puno ng linga.

    English translation:

    Nipa hut, even though it's small,
    The plants that grow around it are varied:
    Turnip & eggplant, winged bean & peanut,
    String bean, hyacinth bean, lima bean. 

    Wax gourd, sponge gourd, white squash & pumpkin,
    And there's also radish, mustard,
    Onion, tomato, garlic & ginger
    And all around are sesame seeds.

    • 8 min
    Mother Tongue: Koori

    Mother Tongue: Koori

    Learn Koori in our kids podcast Mother Tongue! 

    Bujari gamarruwa means g’day in Koori! That’s one of the many, many Aboriginal languages spoken in Australia. In this episode, Nathan joins Sirine to share the Koori culture, including the sound of the bullroara and the meaning of the Aboriginal flag. 

    This is a Kinderling Kids Radio podcast. If you love what you hear then please subscribe, rate and leave a lovely review! It really helps :)

    Here are the Koori words you'll learn in this episode:

    Bijari Gamaroowa - G’Day
    Bullroara - A traditional Aboriginal instrument
    Barralala - A traditional song from the Eora Nation which means Song of Sydney
    Pipis - A yummy seafood snack
    Nayi Ngyini Minga - See You all (how to say goodbye in Eora)
    Yaki in Goori - See you when I’m looking at you

    SONG:  

    Parabulā Paramā Manginiwā Yenbōngi
    Parabulā Paramā Manginiwā Yenbōngi
    Parabulā Paramā Manginiwā Yenbōngi

    Parabulā Paramā Beriang galangdā
    Toindinmā Manginiwā Yenbōngi

    Did you know: Barralala is known as the Song of Sydney – the Eora nation. This was the first Aboriginal song ever to be heard outside Australia, and it introduced Sydney to the world!

    • 8 min

Customer Reviews

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Naded L ,

My children and I love this!

What a fun and uplifting audio series. My girls couldn’t help but sing along in the car. It’s long enough to grab your attention but short enough not to lose it. More of this please !

sanaa kaz ,

Awesome podcast !

What an amazing podcast !! Enjoyed every moment !! Well done sirine ! So entertaining, and so much great info !

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