Tuesday, March 20, 2007

Sayings in Antwerp Dialect ...

Uit gouden korenaren schiep God de Antwerpenaren;
uit het restant de rest van 't land.


Sorry Manic, writes the laughing woman.

7 comments:

woman wandering said...

A translation: From golden ears of wheat God created Antwerpeners; from the leftovers he created the rest of the country.

Manic said...

I can't stop laughing. Those hillbillies down in Antwerp really are big headed. It's clear that Antwerp was filled with the people who weren't accept in the other parts, you know those evil, croaked kind of people. :D

woman wandering said...

We're still giggling everytime we pick the list of Antwerpenese up ... he's reading out some from the aggression section - they're hilarious.

I have to keep posting one a day I think. We just fell about laughing over this one: 't schoenste on hiel Brussel? Den iersten traain nor Antwaarrepe!'

Peter said...

You know Di, you really deserve a round of applause: you're laughing about (quite complex) sayings in a rather juicy Antwerp dialect, expressions that even locals from the Belgian coast wouldn't understand :-))

I'm currently trying to catch up on the 2,000 posts you published - it's quite an achievement.

woman wandering said...

Well, much as I would enjoy the applause, I have to confess to having a translator in the house

But you know, the odd thing is that as a foreigner, I would rather learn the Antwerpen dialect that the standard Dutch. I've always said that to Gert.

The sense of humour in some of this stuff is making me laugh and the sound has so much more 'body'.

Let's see how I do ...
The language quite a mouthful for this woman from a country of quietly-spoken people.

Manic said...

Ohh yes the dialects are way kooler than standard dutch, but imagen a Belgium where nobody where there would be not one, but trillions of language borders. We'd be fighting all the time :D or well at least disputing all the time because we'd ignore the other one because we wouldn't understand what he was saying so we would say our thing a bit louder and then they would do the same and before you know it the French and the Dutch are invading because of the noise and well...I'm gonna quit talking now.

woman wandering said...

Well Manic, it seems to me that Belgians only think they don't understand ... I mean really!!!

So many times I've had a Flemish person excuse their poor English and I'm thinking 'Noooo, it's good', so don't go pretending that you wouldn't all understand each other ... I've seen it with my own eyes, heard it with my own ears ... you guys do language like most people do breathing.