Schni Schna Schnappi – The Crocodile That Beguiled Germany

It’s interesting to see what trends take over in different countries at different times. Schnappi is a cartoon crocodile that’s been going around the internet for about 3 years now. He sings a song with the catchy line, “Schni Schna Schnappi, Schnappi Schnappi snatch”. It’s a line that was so catchy that it made it to the top of the German charts!

Picture of Schnappi

Schnappi is also a cartoon. Here’s a link to where you can see a video of the cartoon with the Schnappi song, so you’ll know what the rage is all about!

In German, the song is Schnappi, das kleine Krokodil. Here’s a link to the full German lyrics. Below is a loose English translation my husband Jason Pomerantz and I did for you. There’s an official English version you can hear on the Schnappi site that has different lyrics. Ours is closer to the German (at least it’s trying to be – and I welcome corrections and improvements!).

I am Schnappi, The Small Crocodile…

I am Schnappi, the small crocodile
I come from Egypt, located on the Nile
First in an egg I lay,
Till snip, snap, I snapped away.

Schni Schna Schnappi
Schnappi Schnappi snap
Schni Schna Schnappi
Schnappi Schnappi snap.

I am Schnappi, the small crocodile
Sharp, pointy teeth, I have a great big pile
I can snap, and I’ll snap you,
I snap so well, I’ll snap more too!

Schni Schna Schnappi
Schnappi Schnappi snap
Schni Schna Schnappi
Schnappi Schnappi snap.

Beware, this song drives some adults crazy!

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8 Responses to “Schni Schna Schnappi – The Crocodile That Beguiled Germany”

  1. Eric Says:

    thank you for all this. i heard this song aired over the tv set, and was hooked onto it for some unknown insane reason

  2. Joanne Says:

    Thank you heaps, i’ve always loved germany and always wanted to know how english translation

  3. Amelia Says:

    It was also aired on tv in Malaysia. I love it and so does my friends! ^_^We sing it every time it is on without knowing what it means. So nice to think that people would make it a top charter too. Thanks!

  4. Jessica W Says:

    i love this song, we listen to it all the time in our German class and everyone just loves it! its great to think that even a cartoon can make it to the charts (although its in germany). I swear this song is addictive – i cant stop singing it! schni schna schnappi…

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  6. taegan Says:

    konnichiwa schnappi san!!!

  7. Steve Says:

    hey its april 2010 and i love schnappi its still very catchy i only found out about him because a friend of mine has a German girlfriend and she is always singing it ………………………And now so am i :-)

  8. luke Says:

    our German teacher played us this twice and it drove me crazy and her

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