Last Updated: 9 March 2023

Une poule sur un mur is a short French nursery rhyme much sung by small children in kindergarten or preschool.

About the song

The short nursery rhyme tells the story of a hen's unexciting life in the countryside.

Une poule sur un mur

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Une poule sur un mur

The lyrics in French

The original song has 1 verse.


Une poule sur un mur
Qui picore du pain dur
Picoti, picota
Lève la queue et puis s'en va

Translation of the lyrics into English

Here is an approximative translation into English:


A chicken on a wall
Pecking at hard bread
Picoti, picota
Lifts its tail and goes away

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French Nursery Rhymes

My challenge for the year 2023 is to publish 80 French Nursery Rhymes lyrics and descriptions (list below). Come back as time goes by to discover the new articles:

About the author

Pierre is a French/Australian who is passionate about France and its culture. He grew up in France and Germany and has also lived in Australia and England. He has a background teaching French, Economics and Current Affairs, and holds a Master of Translating and Interpreting English-French with the degree of Master of International Relations, and a degree of Economics and Management. Pierre is the author of Discovery Courses and books about France.

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