Korean + English = Konglish Baby

Before baby comes...
...learning Korean and researching Korean-language resources in order to raise baby as a bilingual.

Sunday, October 30, 2011

Korean Kids Song Sunday: I'm a Little Teapot 작은 주전자예요

"I'm a Little Teapot" is a definite favorite of kids probably due to the easy hand motions.  I'm having trouble finding a you-tube video of the song in Korean. But it is easily found in English.
So, instead, I'm including a page of my favorite Korean kids song book by Samsung Publishers.  This book/CD combo includes 40 songs, its lyrics, sheet music and illustrations of the handmotions.  I have purchased 3 books in this series and a few of their iphone apps too.

Lyrics in English:
I'm a little teapot short and stout
Here is my handle, here is my spout
When I get all steamed up, hear me shout!
Tip me over and pour me out

Lyrics in Korean:
나는 작고 뚱뚱한 주전자
손잡이 있고 주둥이 있죠
보글보글 물이 끊으면
쭉 기울 여따라 주세요

nah-neun jah-ggoh ddoong-ddoong-han joo-jun-ja
sohn-jahb-ee eet-goh joo-doong-ee eet-jyo
boh-geul boh-geul mool-eul ggeu-reu-myun
jjook gee-ool yuh-ddah-rah joo-seh-yoh

Translation: (is pretty similar to the English lyrics..but I guess the Korean teapots just don't steam and shout)
I'm a fat teapot
I have a handle and a spout
When my water starts to boil
Tip and pour me out.

PS: I entered the Lyrics into Google Translate and this is what I got:
I have a small kettle fatHandle and spout'sIf you disconnect the water SpongeBob SquarePantsPlease pay straight yeottara
Where "SpongeBob Square Pants" comes from, I really really don't know. 


  1. I am laughing hysterically at the sponge bob translation! Classic.

  2. It is very useful for learning this teapot rhymes.This song is sung by children throughout the United States, and has been seen in various TV shows and movies.