10th December 2014 Christmas Songs and Phrases

Phrases. This is where I think the Dutch and the English language differ in their little phrases and nuances. For “Merry Christmas and Happy New Year” the Dutch say “Prettige Kerstfeest en een Gelukkig Nieuwjaar!”.

At Christmas we love to sing songs, hell I love a good old sing song any time of the year but other people are more inclined to join in in December. I love hearing Christmas carols let alone hearing them in different languages. My Christmas playlist isn’t the same without Feliz Navidad.

Here are a few classic carols in Dutch or Kerstliedjes. You can tell what they are due to our languages being so similar, they sound rather majestic too. Give them a listen and see what you think! Obviously the pop music versions are all the same, I think the entire world knows a Slade song or two but in terms of the classics every language has their version. I heard the German version of Band Aid 30 yesterday, that was interesting.

Silent Night:

Jingle Bells: 

Jingle bells, jingle bells in de arrenslee.

Je hoort de belletjes van ver, en wij zingen mee.

Jingle bells, jingle bells niets is er zo fijn

Dan als het sneeuwt met opa in de arrenslee te zijn.




I cant find a recording of this but the lyrics are more or less a straight translation:

Op de twaalfde dag van kerst gaf mijn ware liefde mij
drummende drummers,

blazende blazers,

tien hossende heren,

negen dansende dames,

acht melkmeisjes,

zeven zwemmende zwanen,

zes ganzen aan de leg,

vijf gouden ringen,

vier zingende vogels,

drie Franse kippen,

twee tortelduiven en een patrijs in een perenboom.

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