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bett 07-24-2007 03:13 PM

Nonsense French poems that sound like English nursery rhymes when read aloud
 
I remember reading some French "poetry" in my French class that sounded like English nursery rhymes when read aloud. It was all French words and the sentences basically made sense, but when read aloud it would sound like "Little Jack Horner sat in a corner..."

The "poem" might look like this:

L'ettle Jacque orner cet en ay courner

(Imagine that's valid French. I can't remember enough high school French to come up with valid words)

It's not a translation of "Little Jack Horner." Rather, it's French words which when pronounced sound like "Little Jack Horner".

Does anyone have a link to something like that? I tried searching for those types of poems, but I didn't have any luck.

Arnold Winkelried 07-24-2007 03:40 PM

Was it nonsense French phrases strung together to sound like Little Jack Horner? I have a book of english "poems" called Les Oeuvres complètes de Lord Charles (I found some samples online here: http://pybertra.free.fr/bazar/lordch.htm )

In my book, the english poems are just words strung together so that when you read them out loud they sound like old French popular songs.

Arnold Winkelried 07-24-2007 03:43 PM

And I just noticed that at the bottom of that page there is a link to Mother Goose Rhymes written in nonsense French:
http://pybertra.free.fr/bazar/mother.htm

This book must have what you're looking for:
Mots d'Heures: Gousses, Rames
discovered, edited, and annotated by
Luis D'Antin Van Rooten, (London, Angus and Robertson, 1967.)

Foud it at amazon UK

Arnold Winkelried 07-24-2007 03:45 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Arnold Winkelried
Was it nonsense French phrases strung together to sound like Little Jack Horner?

I need to learn to read thread titles better :smack:

rowrrbazzle 07-24-2007 03:57 PM

A few more here: http://www.aescon.com/aesconsulting/french/num4.htm

bett 07-24-2007 04:02 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Arnold Winkelried
And I just noticed that at the bottom of that page there is a link to Mother Goose Rhymes written in nonsense French:
http://pybertra.free.fr/bazar/mother.htm

This book must have what you're looking for:
Mots d'Heures: Gousses, Rames
discovered, edited, and annotated by
Luis D'Antin Van Rooten, (London, Angus and Robertson, 1967.)

Foud it at amazon UK

Yes! That's exactly it. Thanks for finding that.

Askance 07-24-2007 08:22 PM

An Almanac of Words at Play by Willard Espy has a chapter on the same thing, but using German instead of French. And it's not just nursery rhymes, IIRC (it's been 30 years since I read that book!).

Sublight 07-25-2007 01:15 AM

Un peu thé d'un peu thé
c'est t'on a oualle
Un peu thé d'un peu thé
Un deux gréfalle


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