Singing in Basque

March 23, 2012 By: erik Category: Music, Offspring, Videos 263 views

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Singing in Basque (thumbnail)Several weeks ago, when we were on our way to run some errands, Nora started singing something. It sounded like gibberish to me – and she does often sing and talk gibberish – but it was slightly more structured than her normal babble. Also, she repeated it verbatim a few times. I inquired as to what she was singing, and she told me that it was a song that her Tí­a Belén had taught her. At this point I realized it must be a song in Basque.

I asked my wife what it meant, as she understands but really no longer speaks Basque, the language she was taught with at school as a child. Roughly it’s along the lines of “I’m a little girl, and I’m walking through the forest to go see my sick grandmother”. I remarked that that sounds a lot like the plot of a certain story that is Nora’s favorite tale of all, and Nora confirmed, “Yes, it’s about Little Red Riding Hood!”

Enjoy…it’s all Euskera to me.

  • bawa

    well done!!!

  • Does she learn Basque in school?

    (Very cute, as always.)

    • No. Only from her aunt. If we lived in the Basque Country and she went to a Basque daycare, she’d probably be more or less fluent. Two year olds are so lingually absorbent!

  • Lee

    So grown up with her hair so long!!!

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