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in moments of distress this is my new calming mantra

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hermykne Tue 29-Jul-08 10:18:35

ils retrouvent peu a peu le calme apres tant d'emotion
"vraiment ce n'est pas facile d'elever des enfants"dit Babar
"mais comme ils sont gentils
je ne saurais plus m'en passer"

i think it helps too that its in french even more soothing...........

found this in one of the Babar story books we got from the library on holidays

Il est sage Babar. smile

suzywong Tue 29-Jul-08 10:30:36

do I know you well enough to say you are an utter ponce without you getting huffy, hermykne?

mrsbabookaloo Tue 29-Jul-08 10:38:05

You could at least translate it! I've got most of it but the last line defeats me....

Gateau Tue 29-Jul-08 10:42:08

Why don't you translate it, or are you just trying to impress us?
The last line stumped me too.

ummadam Tue 29-Jul-08 12:13:37

"Truly it is not easy to raise children" said Babar, "But as they are nice/lovely, I will let it go/wash over me/accept it"

surely someone can translate better - I can get the gist i think but finding it hard to literally tranlate the last line aswell.

fruitful Tue 29-Jul-08 12:18:00

Google translate says

they found a little bit of calm after so much emotion
"This really is not easy to raise children," said Babar
"but as they are nice
I can not pass over me "

which is obv not quite right!

fruitful Tue 29-Jul-08 12:20:03

And thence to the game of sending it through several languages in the translator and seeing what comes out when you get back to English

They found that little of the peace, after so much sense
"It is not easy in the upbringing of their children, said:" Babar
"But because they are beautiful
I can not talk about me "

Pruners Tue 29-Jul-08 12:25:42

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mrsbabookaloo Tue 29-Jul-08 20:42:39

Come back hermykne and translate the damn thing!

mrsbabookaloo Tue 29-Jul-08 20:43:31

I sound like I need a calming mantra, don't I? Well, maybe I'll have one when this is translated!

Any other french speakers? Anna8888?

trefusis Tue 29-Jul-08 20:53:22

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SorenLorensen Tue 29-Jul-08 20:55:16

Mine is...

I can have some wine when the little buggers are in bed.

mrsbabookaloo Tue 29-Jul-08 20:57:45

Thanks trefusis!

..good one, SL!

ummadam Tue 29-Jul-08 21:07:11

Thanks trefusis - that was really bugging me!

hermykne Tue 29-Jul-08 21:25:49

god i am so sorry i forgot to come back this morning and really forgot i had posted it and was checking the last line translation , got distracted, went out with kids and checking online now.

sorry.

Habbibu Tue 29-Jul-08 21:30:14

<out to out-ponce hermyne> "Þæs ofereode, þisses swa mæg!" <poncetastic pointlessness>

Pruners Tue 29-Jul-08 21:33:10

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