Does Anyone Know a Slovak Rhyme with the Line “Isli pani na hruski”?

Liana wrote:

Dear Lisa,

My maternal grandmother was Slovak, and used to say a nursery rhyme to me in Slovak when I was a child. I came across your site trying to find the full words to this rhyme, and am wondering if you might be able to help me.

The rhyme begins with the Slovak words:

“Isli pani na hruski,” which, I think, translates roughly to “Went some women for some pears.”

Does this sound familiar to you? When my grandmother would tell me this rhyme, she would gently pinch the skin on the top of my hand to the words, in the same way you might gently squeeze each of a child’s toes when saying the words to “This Little Piggy” in English.

Please let me know if this sounds familiar to you or any of your clients, and, if not, which websites I might visit to find out more about this nursery rhyme.

Many thanks for any information you can send my way-I was so happy to stumble upon your website!

Many thanks,

Liana O.

If anyone can help out with this rhyme, please comment below.

Thanks!

Lisa

This article was posted on Tuesday, April 17th, 2007 at 5:31 pm and is filed under Countries & Cultures, Languages, Nursery Rhymes, Questions, Readers Questions, Slovak, Slovak Nursery Rhymes, Slovakia. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0 feed. You can leave a response, or trackback from your own site.

11 Responses to “Does Anyone Know a Slovak Rhyme with the Line “Isli pani na hruski”?”

  1. katarina Says:

    Hey!! I know only isli macky na hrusky if that is what are you looking for… might be helpfull :)

    Ťap, ťap ťapušky

    Ťap, ťap, ťapušky,
    išli mačky na hrušky,
    podriapali kožúšky,
    povešali na vráta,
    príde drotár, popláta.

  2. Lisa Says:

    Thank you Katarina!

    If anyone can provide an English translation, that would be great!

    -Lisa

  3. Hana Says:

    I know this version:

    Išli panie na hrušky
    podriapali kožušky
    povešali na vráta
    popadali popadali popadali do do do bláta.

    In English:
    Went some women for some pears
    They riped their fur coats
    they hung them on the gate
    They fell they fell they fell into into into the mud

  4. Martina Says:

    Dear Liana and Lisa,

    I know also this nursery rhyme:

    Ťap, ťap, ťapušky,
    išli chlapci na hrušky
    a dievčatá na jabĺčka,
    postretli tam pána vĺčka
    a pán vĺčok hav, hav, hav,
    a dievcatka jajajaj.

    It can be translated as follows:

    Pat-a-cake, pat-a-cake,
    boys went to pick up pears
    and girls to pick up apples,
    they met Mr Wolf there,
    Mr Wolf said: woof-woof-woof,
    and the girls said: Yow-yow-yow-yow.

    Should you need any other help, contact me.

    Martina

  5. Ann Says:

    Yes, this sounds familiar…could never learn it even though she tried to teach me….and the only thing I remember, though, is a “cockadoodle doo” at the end of wiggling the last finger/toe…like we do for little piggy…? So I’m assuming its a rhyme about a rooster or something….

    When my grandmother would tell me this rhyme, she would gently pinch the skin on the top of my hand to the words, in the same way you might gently squeeze each of a child’s toes when saying the words to “This Little Piggy” in English.

  6. Jakub Says:

    pani (páni) means “men/misters”
    isli (išli) means “they went”
    hrusky (hrušky) means “pears”

    na is preposition. In this kontext used as “men went TO GATHER pears”.

  7. Monique Says:

    Here, there’s a longer version.

  8. sandy Says:

    i remember those songs. my mom sang them to my when i was little.

  9. Erdelsky, Irena Says:

    I searched for this rhym all over internet, I finally find it here. Thanks.
    I used to teach this rhym 43 ago my son in Slovakia and we moved to Canada, now I want to teach my grandson, and I forgot it. Only thing I remember was the beginning : tap, tap tapusky…

  10. Lisa Says:

    Bobbi wrote:

    My Grandpap would sing it to me – now my daughter. I know of a song that is about a little boy trying to kiss a girl and he only had a nickel but the other had a dime…

    “walked around the lake”
    “asked her for a date”
    “said she had no time”

    Not sure how to write it in Slovak.

  11. Katarina Janik Says:

    Tat, tap tapusky, isli macky na hrusky, popadali do blata podriapali kozusky, povesali na vrata, zajtra bude vyplata!

Leave a Reply

Subscribe without commenting