Mimma Nucera - I glossama en ecchi na petheni (English translation)

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I glossama en ecchi na petheni

I glossama en ecchi na petheni.
O pappumma viata mu leghi
ti sta keru dicatu
ti glossa ti eplatega
ito viata to grecu.
 
Ce arte, lego ego:
iatí i guvernaturi
thelusi na chathi
i glossa tu grecani?
Ecini fenonde manachó ste votazioni
ce ulli crazzondo fili ce cumparidi,
podó ti tteglionni to bdomadi
en agronizzu pleo canena.
 
Afudatema esi calí christianima
pu iste ode delemmeni
na some stili stin addi ghenia
ti glossama ce ta pramata to pappumma.
 
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English translation

Our language mustn't die

Our language mustn't die.
My grandpa always tells me
that in his day
the language they spoke
was always Greek.
 
And I say now:
why those who govern
want the language of
Grecanic people to be lost?
You can see them only during elections
and they all pretend to be friends and buddies,
but once the week is over
they no longer recognize anyone.
 
Help us, you good Christians
who are here gathered,
to entrust to the next generation
our language and our ancestors' legacy.
 
Submitted by Hampsicora on Wed, 21/02/2018 - 20:51
Author's comments:

Translation mainly based on the Italian version.

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Guest    Wed, 21/02/2018 - 20:54

Thank you very much, my friend! 2/2 Regular smile I trust your knowledge and I respect you as a translator. I am glad that you've translated these two songs for me!

Hampsicora    Wed, 21/02/2018 - 21:04

You're welcome, thank you for your kind words Regular smile

Guest    Wed, 21/02/2018 - 21:46

I like your phraseology.

Hampsicora    Wed, 21/02/2018 - 21:51

You're too kind, my friend   Embarrassed smile