Gini Smith sent me the following email with a Slovakian nursery song…
It is an old song which I know the English and the Slovakian. However, I could not write the Slovak, only phonetically.
My grandmother taught it to us kids and we loved it.
The Slavonic translation may have variations depending on the area the people lived in Slovakia.
The word Dance is tantsui – which is pronounced tant -su
My word Tin-u is like us saying LA LA LA LA or ba bum, ba bum
It is used more like a sound but could be a child’s way of saying tant-su.
Well here it is:
Tin-u – tin-u, tin-u, tin-u
Dido zabyv sviniu (Daddy kills pig)
Mama placheh (Mama cries)
dity scatchit (children jumping)
Tin-u, tin- u, tin-u
The Pig Song
(Full English Translation)
Dance, Dance – Dance, Dance,
Daddy’s killing the pig,
The kids are dancing,
Dance, Dance, Dance.
It was as endearing to me as any other Nursery Song because it came from beloved grandmother – Baba.
Submitted by Gini Smith, Slovakian-American.
If anyone can provide the original Slovakian text, please let us know in the comments below or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Many thanks to Gini Smith for sharing this song with us!
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