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Who can translate these songs from Pousson Rouge into singable English for me and DS?

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LadyMidnightMT Tue 29-Sep-09 21:17:34

French to English. My pigeon transations don;t scan too well! blush

Dans la maison un grand cerf

Une souris

Petit Escargot


MIFLAW Wed 30-Sep-09 11:58:16

I'll have a go later.

Quite a big ask though - I'm hoping you're not in a rush?

MrsBadger Wed 30-Sep-09 12:02:49

is there music? am at work so cannot hear it but will need it to make Eng words scan

iheartdusty Wed 30-Sep-09 12:10:25

I love those, DS found them the other day. Presumably they are nursery rhymes, so a bit weird in the way that nursery rhymes often are!

OK, my stab at the first one as a direct translation:

In his house, a big stag was looking out of the window. A rabbit came along and knocked at the door. "Stag, stag, let me in, or the huntsman will kill me!" "come in rabbit, and shake my hand"

One big deer was in his house
sitting quietly as a mouse
when a rabbit gave a shout
and he popped his antlers out;

"Stag, stag, let me in! Or the dinner pot I'll land in!"

"come in rabbit, come in please, and shake my hand".

LadyMidnightMT Wed 30-Sep-09 16:58:57



LuluSkipToMyLou Wed 30-Sep-09 17:03:51

Sounds a bit like a version of this:

In a cottage in a wood
Little old man by the window stood
Saw a rabbit running by
Frightened as can be

Help Me! Help me sir! he said
Or the huntsman will shoot me dead
Come little rabbit, come inside
Happy we will be.

There are actions as well - I remember it from way too many years ago...

iheartdusty Wed 30-Sep-09 20:27:17

lulu that sounds exactly right. I've never heard that before - where did you grow up?

madlentileater Wed 30-Sep-09 20:33:56

a little green mouse was running through the grass
I caught it by the tail
I showed it to these gentlemen
who said
soak it in oil
soak it in water
It will make a nice warm snail!


haventsleptforayear Wed 30-Sep-09 20:34:21

DS sings all of those at school but I don't bother trying to translate them shock

Why do you want to sing them in English anyway - why not just translate what they mean and sing them in French?

I insist on singing the English version if there is one (DSs bilingual) like for Incy Wincy Spider but can't see the point of singing French songs in English iyswim?

haventsleptforayear Wed 30-Sep-09 20:35:59

Snail one starts "little snail, carrying his little house on his back.

will do more tomorrow if noone else offers grin

LadyFoof Wed 30-Sep-09 20:38:44

Iheartdusty, in Essex grin (have namechanged BTW). I'm over 40, and I think it's just an old-fashioned song, a bit like 'Run Rabbit' - after all, we don't really talk about huntsman and shooting fluffy bunnies these days do we!

madlentileater Wed 30-Sep-09 20:39:25

Little snail
wears his house
on his back
as soon as it rains
he's so happy
and pops out his head

LauraIngallsWilder Wed 30-Sep-09 20:39:28

I know the one lulu posted, in a cottage in a wood.........

I agree with haventslept I would sing the french versions!

Here we have tuneless renditions of dime dime dime....... which could be a Ikea song all about Dime bars but isnt

LadyFoof Wed 30-Sep-09 20:41:52

Snail one continued:

As soon as it rains
He is delighted
And pops out his head

MmeLindt Wed 30-Sep-09 20:45:27

I know the huntsman one, I think we used to sing it at campfires in the cub scouts. I seem to remember doing actions to it.

LadyFoof Wed 30-Sep-09 20:47:43

Oh, you're right, I might have learned it at brownies!

Monkeytrews Wed 30-Sep-09 20:47:43

ah, you see I had

One green mouse
running though the grass
I caught it by its tail
I showed it to the men
The men told me to
dip it in some oil
dip it in water
turn it into a snail
nice and warm



DS was not impressed!

MmeLindt Wed 30-Sep-09 20:49:01


I love the fact that the guys are singing away while the women just carry on blethering.

LadyFoof Wed 30-Sep-09 21:05:48

Ahhhh, thanks! I love that song almost as much as that Morning Town one by The Seekers - happy childhood memories!

Monkeytrews Wed 30-Sep-09 21:06:27

Oh we do song them in English, just want to tell DS what they are in French too - like Frère Jacques

Monkeytrews Wed 30-Sep-09 21:07:04

I mean we do sing them in French doh

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