Al Citron is a children’s stone-passing play song from Mexico. This makes it potentially useful for shaker or rhythm stick passing games. The song also may be used with fruit and vegetable shakers. By replacing the word “citron” with fruit and vegetable names in Spanish, students may develop receptive and expressive language and recognition of particular foods. When relating word meanings, we often need to take into account dialects and regional words. Spanish is spoken in many countries, so translations of particular words can vary. Below are some general word translations that may be useful with this song. Words: Citron (see-trone) means citrus fruit, and can sometimes be associated with lemons. Fandango (fahn-dan-goh) is a type of animated dance from Spain. Many of the words are nonsensical, fun words. limón naranja tomate calabacera calabasa patata papa plátano manzana
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lemon orange tomato squash pumpkin potato potato banana apple
Listen to Al Citron Recorded 2010 by Bill Matney
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