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*The capital of Sardinia.

There are many versions of this rhyme. The spelling changes according to the dialect. Here is another one:

Babaiola, babaiola
Piga su libru e bai a iscola
Piga su libru e bai a Casteddu
E compramì unu bell'aneddu
Unu bell'aneddu po mi coiai,
Babaiola babaiola pesadì a bolai.

English translation

Ladybug, ladybug
Take your book and go to school
Take your book and go to Cagliari
And buy me a beautiful ring
A beautiful ring to get married
Ladybug, ladybug, take your flight.

Thanks and Acknowledgements

Translated by Monique.


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