A Japanese Children’s Song – 童謡 (やぎさんゆうびん)Goat’s letter

When we start learning any language as a kid we watch children’s TV programs. Starting A, B, C, D…….. and we learn some children’s songs. One of songs I used to sing as a kid is called “Goat’s letter” (やぎ-さんゆうびん). We call a goat “yagi” in Japanese. By adding “San” it becomes much polite. It is a very simply and perfect song for kids to learn Japanese language!

ヤギさんゆうびん (Yagi san yubin)

I have translated its lyrics below. In this song, two different colors of goats appear, one is kuro which is black, and shiro is white. So kuro yagi means a black goat and shiro yagi means a white goat. Tegami is a letter. We put “o” at the beginning of words to make it much sounds a polite way.

  1. Shiro yagi san kara otegami tuita, kuro yagi san tara yomazuni tabeta, shikataganai node otegami kaita, sakki no tegami no goyo-ji na-ni? Arrived a letter from a white goat, but a black goat ate it without reading it! As the black goat has no choice so wrote a letter saying what was a thing in that letter earier?
  2. Kuro yagi san kara otegami tuita, shiro yagi san tara yomazuni tabeta, shikataganai node otegami kaita, sakki no tegami no goyo-ji na-ni? Arrived a letter from the black goat, but the white goat ate it without reading it! As the white goat has no choice so wrote a letter saying what was a thing in that letter earlier.

If you see other videos, you may hear the above first and second call are repeated. It will be on and on and becomes endless. Some children’s’ songs teach us about life . In my opinion, this song tells us that we never take an action without thinking, do not rush, take it easy, and if we do think properly we will never end up doing same things all over again. You know that sort of life teachings that I can see from this song!

Hope you will enjoy this song and be able to learn some Japanese words! Please let me know if you enjoyed it or not!

About mkchatinjapanese

I am a native Japanese who teaches Japanese to non-Japanese speaker as a private tutor. Teach from a beginner to Intermediate level. location in London.
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