Help me sing a Dutch nursery rhyme to my daughter
March 25, 2014 4:58 PM Subscribe
My dad (who was Dutch) used to sing two nursery rhyme/children's songs to us and the grandchildren of my family. He passed away a few years ago and I'd like to sing it to my daughter but I have no idea how to spell (or even really pronouce the song title). Can you help me google it?
posted by jojobobo to Writing & Language (8 answers total) 14 users marked this as a favorite
The first one was pronounced something like 'ro(roi?)-bosch-a-tich'. It was about a little bird knocking on the window I think. ('Tich, tich, tich', went one of the lines, which I assume means tap tap tap or something similar). The second one was 'clapas-in-ya-heinches'. I know these are terrible approximations because we used to make our dad laugh by attempting them. The second one had a line that we used to sing as 'up ya bolls-a-bollinger, a-la-bey'. At that point he would take baby's hands and place them together....maybe over their head? And sway back and forth to the next bit which I won't try to phonetically spell out because I doubt it would help....
Any ideas, dutch speakers of metafilter?
Going to ask relatives next but the Dutch speaking ones are not close to me and I am a bit embarrassed to reveal my laughable pronunciation.