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A Wonderful Spanish/ English Resource - Un bonito recurso en espanol y ingles

I have a book that is rather old, that is full of traditional Spanish language nursery rhymes and lullabies, with very authentic artwork.  (Tortillitas para Mama) Since these are traditional, non-copyright rhymes that just about every child in Latin America, and maybe even Spain, learns, I will post them here.  I think I will try to post one per week, since I can't all at once.  

Tengo un libro, un tomo medio viejo, que esta lleno de rimas y aruyos tradicionales en espanol, con arte  y dibujos muy autentico (a la cultura).  Ya como son tradicionales, cosas que cada nino en Latino America aprende, voy a ponerlas aqui.  Creo que voy a poner una cada semana.


Uno, dos, tres, cho-
Uno, dos, tres, co-
Uno, dos, tres, la-
Uno, dos, tres, te-
Bate, bate, chocolate

(You would count the uno, dos, tres, on your fingers, and bate bate, would be a hand motion like mixing hot chocolate - though the mexican method for doing this would be to rub your hands together as though you had a wooden spoon in them, because they use a special tool called a molinillo)



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