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Frere Jacques

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mute music

English translation "Are You Sleeping?"
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In French

Frère Jacques, Frère Jacques
Dormez-vous? Dormez-vous?
Sonnez les matines. Sonnez les matines.
Ding Dang Dong. Ding Dang Dong.

English Version (not a literal translation)

Are you sleeping? Are you sleeping?
Brother John, Brother John?
Morning bells are ringing. Morning bells are ringing.
Ding Dang Dong. Ding Dang Dong.


This song is often sung in the round.

a sleeping child drooling in his bed
For parents
Healthy babies should be placed on their backs to sleep to prevent sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS). Read more about preventing this leading cause of death in babies 1 month to 1 year of age from Safe to Sleep.
For kids
You don’t need as much sleep now as you did when you were a little baby. But how much sleep do you need and what happens when you don’t get enough sleep?
For teachers
Sleep is a behavioral state that is a natural part of every individual’s life. In addition to learning about the importance of sleep to health, an NIH curriculum supplement on sleep, sleep disorders, and biological rhythms for grades 9 to 12 uses sleep as a way to understand scientific concepts and the purpose of scientific research.
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