Sabina asked in Society & CultureLanguages · 1 decade ago

How do you pronounce the song Tum Balalaika phoenetically?

It's in Yiddish, I think.


Shteyt a bocher, shteyt un tracht,

Tract un tracht dem gantze nacht:

Vemen tsu nemen un nit farshemen?

Vemen tsu nemen un nit farshemen?

Tumbala, tumbala, tum balalaika

Tumbala, tumbala, tum balalaika

Tum balalaika, shpil balalaika

Tum balalaika, freylach zol seyn.

Meydl, meydl, ch'vel bay dir fregn:

Vos kon vaksn, vaksn on regn?

Vos kon brenen un nit oyfhern ?

Vos kon benken, veynen on trern?

Narisher bocher, vos darfstu fregn?

A shteyn kon vaksn, vaksn on regn.

Libe kon brenen, un nit oyfhern.

A harts kon benken, veynen on trern.

2 Answers

  • E. K.
    Lv 5
    1 decade ago
    Favorite Answer

    It is transliteration, not Yiddish itself, because it will look different otherwise:


    Pronounce it as if it was in German, ch [kh] and so on. Many other things are adapted for English pronunciation, e.g. sh, ey. It looks like a dialect or slang of German in fact. "ei" is pronounced "ay" in German, but "ey" in Yiddish.

    zol seyn - GE: soll sein

    shpil - GE: spiel

    freylach - GE: frölich

    libe - GE: Liebe

  • langa
    Lv 4
    4 years ago

    Tumbalalaika Lyrics English

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