Tuesday, October 23, 2012


Maman les p'tits bateaux
Qui vont sur l'eau
Ont-ils des jambes?

Mais oui mon gros bêta
S'ils n'en avaient pas
Ils ne march'raient pas!

Here's the translation of the refrain of the very popular French nursery song, Les Petits Bateaux:

Mamma the little boats
That go on water
Do they have legs?

Why yes my silly goose
If they didn't 
They wouldn't run!

Click here to listen to the tune.

marcher:  to walk; to run (as a motor); to function
un gros bêta:  a silly goose
un port de plaisance:  a marina
un bateau de plaisance:  a pleasure vessel, a yacht
une comptine:  a nursery rhyme, a bedtime song

Photo taken a few years ago at the port de plaisance, or river port, on the Moselle, in the city of Nancy.

©2012 P.B. Lecron

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