I wondered if anyone can recommend any French language music for a three year old who seems to have a passionate hate of accordions...?
I have various French language CDs aimed at young kids but they all seem to have the same style - lots of accordion-type music. My 3 year old seems to hate it and is effectively preventing the 1 year old getting it either (as he makes SUCH a fuss). The stuff I am finding on youtube seems to be similar as well.
Can anyone recommend anything? Doesn't even have to be kids music, normal chart stuff is fine provided it is reasonably family friendly (while I want to improve his vocab, there's some things I don't think he should be repeating at nursery...!). I know there will be great resources out there, I just can't find it!
Any ideas would be great, as I have no idea where to start! (Apologies, I know this sounds really stupid - I'm not a native speaker and although I am trying to use the language with him I don't have any real cultural reference points myself.) Thanks very much for your help.
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My daughter loves listening to "Little Baby Bum" on YouTube. Originally in English, they also have a French version of all their songs (same videos, only that the singing voice is in French). Here you have the link:
Have you tried Alain le lait? It may be too similar to what your son dislikes but it's great for that age range. Appropriate vocabulary, catchy songs with lots of repetition.
Otherwise you can try: - Les fabulettes d'abbe Sylvestre -Zut - their alphabet-themed album is a hit in our house (ABCD...Zut) - Aldebert (maybe for slightly older kids but still kid friendly) - Abel - Henri Des - Steve Waring
Have you tried audiobooks instead of music? My oldest always prefered audiobooks to music. Le pere castor has several livres cd. You also have Marlene Jobert who has recorded every fairy tale imaginable.
A last idea is podcasts. Des histoires en musique avec Elodie Fondacci blends stories with classical music with zero accordion...
My kids love Chantal Goya (for instance the album "Le Soulier Qui Vole"), who has probably been the best-known small kids' music superstar in France for about the last 40 years. They also like Henri Dès.
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