Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Afrikaans in Korea (Video)

Every single Afrikaans speaking individual, plus a considerable number of parrots, cockatiels, and other clever birds, are familiar with the song “Jan Pierewiet”. Although its popularity has varied according to region and time, it was at one stage very well known in the northern regions of the Netherlands. There are apparently many variation of the song to be found – even in English, French, and Spanish.

A friend of mine emailed me the link to the following short video. Although it was an old YouTube entry, dated 29 Jan 2007, it was the first time I had ever seen a group of Korean kids singing the words in perfect Afrikaans, while simultaneously performing the folk dance.

The creator of the video, Karindabelle, provided the following explanation on YouTube when someone posed the question, “Do they even have a clue what exactly they are singing about?”

“Oh yes, they do. We explained what everything means in English and then I made a series of drawings for them to colour in. Someone explained the song, etc to the parents in Korean before we did the song. I translated Ek soek na my Dina en Afrikaners is plesierig into English and they performed those too. Much fun had by all!”

The Lyrics:

Jan Pierewiet

Jan Pierewiet, Jan Pierewiet, Jan Pierewiet staan stil
Jan Pierewiet, Jan Pierewiet, Jan Pierewiet staan stil
Goeie môre, my vrou, hier's 'n soentjie vir jou,
Goeie môre, my man, daar is koffie in die kan.

Jan Pierewiet

Jan Pierewiet, Jan Pierewiet, Jan Pierewiet stand still,
Jan Pierewiet, Jan Pierewiet, Jan Pierewiet stand still.
Good morning my wife, here's a kiss for your life,
Good morning my man, there is coffee in the can.

Lyrics courtesy of:


Anonymous said... .....Click here to refresh this blog

See the lack of comments ? Nobody cares. Old dutchmen folks songs ? I mean really this belongs to a bygone genoration of idiots.

Anonymous said... .....Click here to refresh this blog

This rooster idiot must hate himself so much. Here is a fun video of a culture worlds apart singing something in Afrikaans. Why on earth does it warrant negative comments?

And a lack of comments rooster? It was only uploaded on TIA a day ago. And there are some comments on youtube, but quite a few views.

Rooster, here's a question for you, but it may be difficult to grasp. How many people will intuitively think to themselves... hey, lets google 'Afrikaans in Korea' and lets see what we get? I bet not many, huh?

Finally, 'bygone generation of idiots'? Definitely not bygone yet, and most definitely not idiots. But trying to start a conversation with you on the merits of the Afrikaner is like talking to a brick wall.

Now please, do the honourable thing and piss off to your own crappy website if you can't say anything constructive here.

Herman said... .....Click here to refresh this blog

It is wonderful to hear the Korean kids sing in Afrikaans. Well done

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