Off we go
Maszerują dzieci drogą
Nie chcę cię
The songs below are part of ‘Karuzela’ The Polish collection compiled, adapted, translated and illustrated by Dany Rosevear
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The Polish Collection
It is hoped that where possible these songs will be sung in their home language. An English version is provided so children can enjoy the tunes before they have mastered Polish. Literal translations do not always make sense to the English ear so these have been translated freely to complement the music and capture the spirit of the song.
You will find more Polish songs in Hop Skip and Away We Go
Polish pronunciation guide
Spoken Polish is quite different from spoken English. The guide is provided to aid the pronunciation of some of the more distinctive sounds in the Polish language. The letters not listed below are pronounced approximately as in English. There are 32 characters in the Polish alphabet. Stress falls on the last but one syllable.
a sounds like ah (father)
ą sounds like French on
c sounds like c (dance)
ć /ci sounds like ch (cello)
ch sounds like ch (loch)
cz sounds like ch (church)
d sounds like d (dance) but in final position is unvoiced and more like t
dz sounds like dz (adze) but like j (jewel) when followed by an i
e sounds like e (met) at the beginning or within a word
ę sounds like French ain
g sounds like g (go) but in final position is unvoiced and more like k
h is never silent sounds like ch (loch)
i sounds like ee (feet)
j sounds like y (yes)
ł sounds like w (wake) but in final position is unvoiced and more like f
ń/ni sounds like ni (onions)
o sounds like o (gone)
ó sounds like oo (boot)
r slightly rolled as in Spanish
ś/si a very very soft sh no equivalent in English
sz sounds like sh (ship)
u sounds like u (duke) or as in una
w sounds like v(vote)
y sounds like i (ship) but harder
ź/zi sounds like z/zh (azure)
ż/ rz sounds like French j (Jean)
If you have a Polish parent to help you with the pronunciation you will find these songs not too difficult to learn despite the spelling! There are also sites on line including You Tube to help you sing in the original language.
Jedzie pociąg O
‘Off to Warsaw/the train is leaving’ Don’t be late the train is leaving the station. It’s off to Warsaw.
Children stand in line with the left hand on the shoulder of the child in front. The right hand mimics the movement of the train wheels The conductor stands in the middle as the line moves round in a circle. On the outside four passengers and a guard stand at the station.
Boys and girls wake up the carousel is waiting.
‘Carousel’ is often sung on St Andrew’s Day which traditionally falls on the day before Advent.
Kółko graniaste O
In Poland ‘Kółko graniaste’ is as popular with toddler as our ‘Ring-a-ring-roses’. The meaning of the words are not clear, ‘graniaste’ is not used anywhere except in this song, but the words work for their rhyme and rhythm.
Maszerują dzieci drogą O
Popular in the scouting movement, ‘Maszerują dzieci drogą’ or the ‘Children’s road march’, is a rousing tune well suited to striding along country lanes.
Children set off in pairs, side by side facing clockwise round in a circle or freely around the room.
Nie chcę cię O
This dance, ‘Go away’, possibly originates from Silesia in Northern Poland which was once part of Germany.
Learn to identify the left and right hand and encourage an understanding of feelings and friendship.
Start with pairs standing and facing each other.
Nitko nitko O
‘Nitko nitko’, literally ‘thread, thread’ is a bobbin winding song. Winding the thread games are found in most European traditions. Keep singing the song until a ball is formed and unwound.
Children stand in a circle holding hand except the leader and the tail.
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