Hugging a best friend.

My small grand-d – the one called G –

Learns Zulu from the nurse;

It slowed speech, true, til nearly two,

Before she could converse;

The trouble is that I’ve a biz

Recalling Zulu stuff,

So, comes from she, ‘Inja uphi?’

I am not wise enough

To know that it refers a bit

To whereabouts of dog;

‘Phuzamanzi’ she may larn me –

For water, drink, agog!

Looking sweetly, she says neatly,

‘Amaswidi thanda’,

This is to say some sweets today

She would like to ponder.


English speaking, she’s not freaking,

So all such Zulu terms

Are to bug me, ‘Ha-ha, heehee …

Just see how grampa squirms!’


I now want to sort this thing through,

And even out the deck

Nou sien hier maat; kan ook so praat –

Dus, meisie, hou jou bek!



Inja uphi?  (eenjah oopee)  Where is the dog?

‘Phuzamanzi’, (poozem-ahnzi) Drinking water

‘Amaswidi thanda’, (Ahmahsweedi t-handa) Like sweets.  ‘I like’ would be ngithanda.


Nou sien hier maat; kan ook so praat – 

Dus, meisie, hou jou bek!

Now, look here friend, (I) can also speak like that –

Therefore, girl, hold your mouth!

 © Colonialist April 2013 (WordPress)

About colonialist

Active septic geranium who plays with words writing fantasy novels and professionally editing, with notes writing classical music, and with riding a mountain bike, horses and dinghies. Recently Indie Publishing has been added to this list.
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  1. adinparadise says:

    Sorry. I meant to say “clever little girl.” 🙂


  2. adinparadise says:

    Loved this, Col. She’s a clever little. 🙂


  3. Kathie says:

    I loved the rhyme and the creativity!


  4. lindabrits says:

    Ah, there she is hugging her 🙂


  5. The Asian says:

    Seems like little G likes teasing oupa and I’m sure you don’t mind it that much 😉
    It won’t hurt her to know an extra language. I’ll teach her mandarin as well if you want 😉


    • colonialist says:

      I get a bit miffed when she tell me to ‘G’way!’ on sight!
      That would be a great idea. It seems that if kids are subjected to two languages at an early age they will be slower to speak, but thereafter show much greater skill than average at picking up further languages.


  6. 68ghia says:

    Very multi-lingual indeed 😉
    At least i knew what inja was 😉
    Good luck Col!!


  7. squirming grandpas – hahaha – we need more of them 🙂


  8. Marco says:

    Learn the other languages while you’re still young! looks like she might ride off into the sunset on mister doggie?


  9. melouisef says:

    Beautiful Baby!
    And dog of course
    To learn a second language at an early age promotes the language area in the brain, and later on it is easier to learn more languages. Research also shows that overall such children are smarter.


  10. I stopped by to congratulate you for winning Limerick of the Week in last week’s Limerick-Off. Great job! Limerick of the Week 111. Great job!


  11. Sonel says:

    hehehe, I can see little G loves teasing her grandpa. That is just too adorable Col and what a lovely photo of little G and the furry kid. 🙂 *hugs*


  12. Pussycat44 says:

    Erg grappig!
    It’s wonderful to grow up knowing more languages.


  13. newsferret says:

    Be grateful there is no Italian and French,
    add a smack of German and you will be hiding under a bench 😀


  14. nrhatch says:

    Fantastic FUN! Thanks, Col.


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