Thursday, 12 November 2009

Birthday Songs

it was the birthday of one of my adult students yesterday, so I sang her a few birthday songs. I started with “happy birthday to you”, flowed in to “생일축하 합니다” and ended it of with “Veels geluk liewe maatjie.”

They told me the Afrikaans song reminded them of a children’s birthday song. Rightly so, because it is a children’s song.

the song they say it reminded them of was:

왜 태어났니? 왜 태어났니?
얼굴도 못 생겼는데
왜 태어났나?

Translation is something like this:

Why were you born? Why were you born?
Your face is so ugly.
Why were you born?

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