Tadpole Song

Since the last Korean children’s song I posted was my son’s favorite, I decided this time I would share my favorite. It’s the Tadpole Song, which is about a little tadpole that gets its legs and becomes a frog. Be sure to memorize the little dance that goes with it; it seems that hand-motions and dances are important to Korean children’s songs.

Just like last time, the link to a YouTube video of the song is attached to the song title. Then comes the lyrics in hangul, followed by the romanization, and the translation.

Tadpole Song
개울가에 올챙이 한마리
꼬물꼬물 헤엄치다
뒷다리가 쑥~ 앞다리가 쑥~
팔딱팔딱 개구리됐네
꼬물꼬물 꼬물꼬물
꼬물꼬물 올챙이가
뒷다리가 쑥~ 앞다리가 쑥~
팔딱팔딱 개구리됐네

Gae eulga e olchangi han mari
GGomul GGomul hae umchi da
dweet dariga ssok~ appdariga ssok~
palddak palddak gaeguri dwetne~
Ggomul ggomul(3x) olchangi ga
dweet dariga ssok~appdariga ssok~
palddak palddak gaeguri dwetne
 
In a little stream, there’s a tadpole.
Wriggle, wriggle wriggles around.
Hindlegs out, forelegs out,
hoping, hoping, he became a frog.
wriggle, wriggle, wriggle, wriggle, wriggle, wriggle, a tadpole.
hindlegs out, forelegs out,
hoping, hopping, he became a frog.
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