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I like to eat, eat, eat, apple and bananas! This short, simple line is the main attractive of the fun song called “Apple and Bananas”, an ingenious tune that will be perfect even for the youngest of the family. This song works perfectly, in particular, for those little ones that are currently learning the sounds of vowels in English.

Why are vowels so important?

Vowel sounds  are usually different from language to language. Even though children learn these naturally in their native language, when mastering a new one, the sounds of the vowels are one of the first things that should be studied. These sounds belong to the most basic units of the words: the letters, so, learning how to correctly pronounce the vowels leads to increased fluency when speaking a language. Also, by knowing the right sounds of a word can boost spelling and reading as well, abilities that come in handy for all children as soon as they start studying.

For children learning English as a second language, and especially those ones learning English as a foreign language, learning the sounds of vowels in English can be really tough. So it’s advisable to make this a priority. However, learning this topic can be frustrating and difficult for many kids, so there’s the need to make it more appealing and fun for them.

Teaching vowel sounds with songs

One of the best ways of teaching vowel sounds to children is doing it through songs. Songs are easy to remember and have catchy rhythms that make learning way easier. The song for kids “Apple and Bananas” is perfect to practice the sounds of the five vowels: a, e, i, o, u.

The lyrics of the song are structured so the little ones can practice the different sounds vowels can have in English: short sounds and long sounds. The twist is that the song uses word play, which children usually love. This represents each type of sound, making it easier for children to remember them in the long run.

In this song for children in English, your little one will have to replace the vowels in the first verse of the lyrics with the different vowels sound, each time using one sound per verse. This will turn it into a very funny sounding sentence to sing. This will help your child to memorize the sounds in a playful way. Additionally, your little one will be able to also practice reading and spelling in English with the help of the song’s video. Here, Lisa the Cat, Cowy the Cow, Billy the Chick, and Elliot the Panda, are singing the song and showing children the different vowels in English as they repeat and practice them.

When watching the video, encourage your child to follow the lyrics. Also, make sure they repeat the names of the different vowels that appear, so they an start to identify them, even in uppercase letters. Doing this is particularly good to have the best language foundation that will allow your child to be more fluent in English. It can also help him or her improve their language skills in general.

Once your little one learns the lyrics of this song, you can encourage him or her to do their own verses using different vowel sounds. By personalizing the song, your child will get to practice speech and will have a better chance to boost his or her comprehension of the language. However, keep in mind that the main objective is to make it fun and entertaining to keep the little ones motivated!

“Apples and Bananas” Song Lyrics:

I like to eat, eat, eat, apples and bananas.
I like to eat, eat, eat, apples and bananas.

Your turn!

"I like to eat, eat, eat, apples and bananas,
I like to eat, eat, eat, apples and bananas."

Now let’s sing with the “long a” sound!

I like to ate, ate, ate, ay-ples and ba-nay nays.
I like to ate, ate, ate, ay-ples and ba-nay nays.

Your turn!

"I like to ate, ate, ate, ay-ples and ba-nay nays,
I like to ate, ate, ate, ay-ples and ba-nay nays."

Now let’s sing with the “long e” sound!

I like to eat, eat, eat, ee-ples and bee nee nees.
I like to eat, eat, eat, ee-ples and bee nee nees.

Your turn!

”I like to eat, eat, eat, ee-ples and bee nee nees,
I like to eat, eat, eat, ee-ples and bee nee nees."

Now let’s sing with the “long i” sound!

I like to ite, ite, ite, ii-ples and bii nii niies.
I like to ite, ite, ite, ii-ples and bii nii niies.

Your turn!

(I like to ite, ite, ite, ii-ples and bii nii niies.)
(I like to ite, ite, ite, ii-ples and bii nii niies.)

Now let’s sing with the “long o” sound!

I like to ote, ote, ote, op-ples and bo-no-nos.
I like to ote, ote, ote, op-ples and bo-no-nos.

Your turn!

"I like to ote, ote, ote, op-ples and bo-no-nos,
I like to ote, ote, ote, op-ples and bo-no-nos."

Now let’s sing with an the “long u” sound!

I like to ute, ute, ute, up-ples and bu-nu-nus.
I like to ute, ute, ute, up-ples and bu-nu-nus.

Your turn!

"I like to ute, ute, ute, up-ples and bu-nu-nus,
I like to ute, ute, ute, up-ples and bu-nu-nus."

Now let’s sing it back to normal!

I like to eat, eat, eat, apples and bananas.
I like to eat, eat, eat, apples and bananas.

Your turn!

"I like to eat, eat, eat, apples and bananas,
I like to eat, eat, eat, apples and bananas."

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