Murzynek Bambo – Julian Tuwim

Posted on 30. Sep, 2012 by in Countries, Culture, Kids, Literature

Bambo is the main character of a childrens poem where a 10 year old african is presented as studious, but when he comes home he is mischievous. When his mom ask him to drink his milk, he climbs a tree, and when his mom asks him to take a bath, he is afraid he will turn white. It is a little hard to translate it exactly, but I tried my best!


 Murzynek Bambo

Murzynek Bambo w Afryce mieszka

czarną maskórę ten nasz kolezka

uczy się pilnie przez całe ranki

ze swej murzyńskiej pierwszej czytanki.

A gdy do domu ze szkoły wraca,

psoci figluje to jego praca,

aż mama krzyczy Bambo łobuzie,

a Bambo czarną nadyma buzię

Mama powiada napij się mleka

a on na drzewo mamie ucieka,

mama powiada choć do kąpieli

a on się boi, ze się wybieli

Lecz mama kocha swojego synka,

bo dobry chłopak z tego murzynka,

szkoda, ze Bambo czarny wesoły,

nie chodzi razem z nami do szkoły.

“Bambo Brown”

On African land lives Bambo and the Browns

His chocolate face shines even when he frowns.

As soon as the Sun appears on the horizon

His new book is what he’s keen on.

And when he comes back home from school

He plays tricks as he thinks it’s quite cool.

“Come drink some milk” – his mummy says.

But he climbing the tree prefers.

“Come take a bath” – his mummy replies.

But Bambo does not want his skin to turn white

But mummy loves her little boy

As he is good and full of joy.

What a pity that Bambo clever and funny

Is not here to make the weather warm and sunny.

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Do następnego razu… (Till next time…)

About Kasia

My name is Kasia Scontsas. I grew up in Lublin, Poland and moved to Warsaw to study International Business at the University of Warsaw. I have passion for languages: any languages! Currently I live in New Hampshire. I enjoy skiing, kayaking, biking and paddle boarding. My husband speaks a little Polish, but our daughters are fluent in it! I wanted to make sure that they can communicate with her Polish relatives in our native language. Teaching them Polish since they was born was the best thing I could have given them! I have been writing about learning Polish language and culture for Transparent Language’s Polish Blog since 2010.

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