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I have used Frere Jacque for 2nd declension for years as well. Two of my students made up a goofy song for 1st declension. I ended up putting the ending songs as mp3 files (its just me singing, so nothing special) on my school blog. If you want to check them out, they are at:
anyone know the tune that goes:
M-I-C, K-E-Y, M-O-U-S-E (Mickey Mouse [Donald Duck!]...)?
my high school Latin teacher often applied the tune to Latin, for instance:
A-AB-DE, CUM-EX-E, IN-PRO-PRAE-SUB-SINE (Mickus Mūs), to remember prepositions that take the ablative. I found that its nearly alphabetical order, warped slightly to help the rhyme scheme, really stuck with me and even found myself repeating i in college classes
when tutoring, I often scribbled this sentence onto the chalkboard to help students with remembering the vowel changes from indicative to subjunctive:
wE bEAt A gIAnt.