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LanguageSponge
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 Message 2777 of 3735
12 December 2012 at 2:39pm | IP Logged 
Thanks espejismo :) You know you're a language nerd when you're preparing for the
Christmas Party for the kids at work and you're rehearsing a dance - to that bloody awful
Gangnam Style song. I'm well aware it's not a Christmas song but it will undoubtedly make
them laugh watching their teachers make idiots of themselves in front of a few hundred
people. Anyway, you're watching your co-workers do their improvised actions to the
song that you're supposed to be learning - and you ask them to repeat the moves multiple
times not because they're ridiculous, but because you want to re-check what tones they're
using for the words 1-10, and "left" and "right". And then later you do the dance yourself
and repeat the instructions to the whole group in Mandarin, and hardly notice yourself
doing that :)

Edited by LanguageSponge on 12 December 2012 at 2:41pm

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mikonai
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 Message 2778 of 3735
12 December 2012 at 4:10pm | IP Logged 
LanguageSponge wrote:
I know it's got a slightly different meaning to what I actually
need, but the repetitive sounds make the kids laugh. If anyone could tell me the French
version, or if there is one in Russian, please let me know. Serpent? Is there a Russian
version of that?


Wikitionary led me to some "similar counting games in other languages"
http://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/eeny,_meeny,_miny,_moe

Now I have to learn all sorts of them!
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Iversen
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 Message 2779 of 3735
12 December 2012 at 4:17pm | IP Logged 
Danish "ælle bælle mig fortælle" - or at least it was like that 50 years ago while I still was in the relevant age group. NB: "mig" is an oblique form of the personal pronoun and "fortælle" ('tell') is an infinitive, so maybe the whole thing is concocted by a grammatically challenged adult.

Edited by Iversen on 13 December 2012 at 5:30am

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tarvos
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 Message 2780 of 3735
12 December 2012 at 4:19pm | IP Logged 
Iene miene mutte,
Tien pond grutten
Tien pond kaas,
Iene miene mutte is de baas!

That's the Dutch version.
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Serpent
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 Message 2781 of 3735
12 December 2012 at 4:39pm | IP Logged 
I've never used the one about эники-беники though i've heard the beginning.

The playground part of my childhood was mostly in Belarus and we used this one:

На златом крыльце сидели:
Царь, царевич,
Король, королевич,
Сапожник, портной.
Кто ты будешь такой?

we sometimes included some modern characters like на златом крыльце сидели мишки гамми, том и джерри :D (no idea about мишки гамми, i missed something i guess)
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Ogrim
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 Message 2782 of 3735
12 December 2012 at 4:55pm | IP Logged 
Iversen wrote:
Danish "ælle bælle mig fortælle" - or at least it was like that 50 years ago while I still was in the relevant age group. NB: "mig" is an oblique form of the personal pronoun and "fortælle" ('tell') is an infinitive, so maybe the whole thing is concocted by a grammatically challenged adult.


I Norwegian it is similar, only it is "you", not "me" who "fortelle":

Elle, melle,
deg fortelle
Skipet går
ut i år
Rygg i rand,
to i spann
Snipp, snapp, snute,
du-er-ute!

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tractor
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 Message 2783 of 3735
12 December 2012 at 5:04pm | IP Logged 
Iversen wrote:
Danish "ælle bælle mig fortælle" - or at least it was like that 50 years ago while I still was in the
relevant age group. NB: "mig" is an oblique form of the personal pronoun and "fortælle" ('tell') is an infinitive, so
maybe the whole thing is concocted by a grammatically challenged adult.

The Norwegian version goes like this:

Elle melle
deg fortelle
Skipet går
ut i år
Rygg i rand
to i spann
Snipp snapp snute
du er ute!

Possibly concocted by the same grammatically challenged adult.

Edit: Beaten by Ogrim!

Edited by tractor on 12 December 2012 at 5:05pm

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Ogrim
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 Message 2784 of 3735
12 December 2012 at 5:11pm | IP Logged 
tractor wrote:
Iversen wrote:
Danish "ælle bælle mig fortælle" - or at least it was like that 50 years ago while I still was in the
relevant age group. NB: "mig" is an oblique form of the personal pronoun and "fortælle" ('tell') is an infinitive, so
maybe the whole thing is concocted by a grammatically challenged adult.

The Norwegian version goes like this:

Elle melle
deg fortelle
Skipet går
ut i år
Rygg i rand
to i spann
Snipp snapp snute
du er ute!

Possibly concocted by the same grammatically challenged adult.

Edit: Beaten by Ogrim!


You now you are a language nerd when you run to the computer to be the first to give your mother tongue contribution to a discussion on children songs and nursery rhymes in different languages!


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