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February in rhyme Posted by on Feb 28, 2013 in Nature

The names of Polish months are unique in the way that Poland did not adopt Roman names – like many other countries in Europe (France, Germany, Russia). Original, non-Latin names for the months of the year also exist in some other languages – like Czech (but not Slovak), Croatian, Lithuanian or Basque. But this is rather an exception than the rule.

Luty – luty in old Polish means “fierce”, “bitter frost”, “freezing cold”

Here is a little poem/rhyme for you about this month:

“Luty”

Często w nim bywają jeszcze

mrozy trzaskające,

za to jest w calutkim roku

najkrótszym miesiącem.

Lecz nie zrobi nam nic złego

mroźny koniec zimy,

nakarmimy głodne ptaki,

w piecu napalimy.

Szczerzy luty zęby sopli,

wszystko mrozem ściska.

Niech tam sobie! Wkrótce

przyjdzie “kryska na Matyska”.

Gdy obuję ciepłe buty

i gdy kożuch włożę,

niech tam sobie mroźny luty

sroży się na dworze.

I always translate rhymes, but this time I decided to ask if anyone of you can do it and who can do it the best! Please try in comments below and I will be happy to answer any questions:)

Do następnego razu… (Till next time…)

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About the Author: Kasia

My name is Kasia Scontsas. I grew near Lublin, Poland and moved to Warsaw to study International Business. 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 their Polish relatives in our native language. Teaching them Polish since they were 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.