Maryam the Babysitter

bajenaghe naghi
by bajenaghe naghi

Maryam was taking care of her neighbor's two year old in the back of the store. He was getting bored so she started playing lili lili hozak with him. Soon afterward this guy walks in and starts looking at the chocolate bars. Then he comes to me and says: what is she saying to that child? So I told him that she is saying:

lili lili little pond,

this one fell in the little pond,

this one brought it out,

this one washed it,

this one cooked it,

And before I could say "this big headed guy ate it", he walked out without buying anything, shaking his head, probably thinking we have all gone kookoo.


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You nailed the accent...

by American Wife (not verified) on

I can literally hear you saying   I'm surprised he doesn't cringe when he hears me speak Persian... I can't seem to get the "kh" down so I've about given up...:-)

We absolutely need to get together again...summertime and margaritas by the pool... whoo hoo!


American Wife :0)

by IRANdokht on

Darling T

Tell him you could find a lot worse than the southern drawl in Orange County!! some completely incomprehensible too.

I never lived in the south but there was a time I said y'all too (I guess I just liked it) After living in the southern Cali for a few years, now I am estarting to espeak with a Tick pershiyan accent and my son is constantly laughing at me :0)

Good to see you online! we should get together again soon...




by American Wife (not verified) on

By the way.. I've also got him saying "y'all"....LOL.

When his youngest first moved to South Carolina to live with us, he SWORE it would never happen.  He admitted several years later that he took a serious ration of s_ _ t when he moved back to Orange County and his friends teased HIM about saying


it's slang and probably NOT

by American Wife (not verified) on

a very good depiction of the

BN... I couldn't begin to try to speak Zargari... but I'm sure it's fascinating to listen to!  My mom (barely) remembers my twin and I talking our secret language when we were babies.  Heck... we probably didn't know ourselves what we were

Isn't it it odd that so many of the lullabies are so violent! 

bajenaghe naghi

ebi jan

by bajenaghe naghi on

You are much more mehraboon than I thought and are even more generous with your kind words.

That was a very nice story about kerman and your cousins. If I ever meet them I try to remember to keep my big mouth shut.

I tried many times to learn zargari but I failed every time.  


"Humpty Dumpty"

by bloke (not verified) on

Do you remeber "Humpty Dumpty " who sat on a wall and had a great fall, and all the kings horses and all the kings men couldn't put Humpty together again?

Now try translating that nursery rhyme into Persian and call it a nursery rhyme for kids!

-I know, I know it is based on the tale of the city of Colchester, in UK and a cannon , but never the less it is still a sad story about an egg falling of a wall and breaking to pieces!!?!

ebi amirhosseini

Bajenaghe AZIZ !!!

by ebi amirhosseini on

Another nice piece.May I call them "Bajenagh Satir",since to me they are witty,natural,truthful;but at the same time Satirical.They remind me of"Obeyd-e-Zaakaani" & his satirical masterpiece   "Mush va Gorbeh".

Anyhow thanks for them,keep them coming! 

You talked about Zargari language.I donot want to go into ethymology & origin of it,since I believe everybody knows that much,just a true story about it.

Every summer,we used to go to Kerman,my parents' hometown.Two of my cousins spoke in Zargari between themselves,anytime they didn't want me to know what they were talking about!.This went on for three summers,at last I asked my father to teach me Zargari & practice with me,so the next summer when I was in kerman,I could understand them ,but never revealed this " sweet secret " to my cousins ,and still after more than 30 years,they donot know about it!.





by IRANdokht on

Dear American Wife joon

Good to meet your new ID darling ;-)

Way to go Majid! now T's gotta explain your "Thunk It".

wasn't learn ya' bad enough english? LOL




by Majid on

Who wouda thunk it ? That my wife teaches Southern accent to one of my "ham vatans" !.......LOL

LUB YAA  Lady T.!! 

bajenaghe naghi

american wife jan

by bajenaghe naghi on

In farsi we speak like that too. we also have secret languages, one of which is called zargari. In this language we place a z between each letter of the word. but, because I am a student of inglish language, I need to learn the correct way first and then I can mess it up and talk like a native. is that the irish flag?

bajenaghe naghi

niki jan

by bajenaghe naghi on

so it is not only in farsi that we try to scare our little ones to sleep as fast as we can so we can go and make more little ones in peace and quiet. I thought it would be better to read a sweet story to relax the baby to sleep. Well, what do I know, I am only a shopkeeper.


bad Inglish...

by American Wife (not verified) on

actually "learn ya" is a commonly used colloquism in the South...I say it to my husband all the time joking around.  Certainly it's bad English...but meant in the same context as "teach you"!


english and french nursery rhymes just as bad

by niki not logged in (not verified) on


Rock a bye baby: it's about a baby in a cradle stuck on top of a tree and then the bough brekas and baby and cradle fall head first onto the ground: SPLAT!!! Have a nice dream sweetie!

As for french nursery rhymes, I will leave you with this little youtube gem from Chantal Goya, the most famous nursery rhyme singer in France. Don't get fooled by her sweet voice. She is singing about a bunny rabbit who wrestles away a shotgun from a hunter and kills him, crying for justice! I guess that revolutionary spirit has not dampened since 1789. Interesting way to turn kids onto environmental issues :-)




by IRANdokht on

bad bad inglish is right ;-)


TMI: too much info

next time just say: it's a little nursery rhyme and you won't have to explain or scare people off lol


bajenaghe naghi

irandokht jan

by bajenaghe naghi on

what is the meaning of tmi? And shouldn't it be teach ya? bad bad inglish!



by IRANdokht on

that'll learn ya' not to give TMI next time!

Thanks for the smile :0)