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This week’s Ukulele World Tour has a certain summer feel and adds a new dialect to listen to with the German Viennese dialect from Austria.

Herman Vandecauter, Paulien and Alex invite us to Spain with their version of La Cucaracha. Meanwhile, David Owens from the US tells us about Paul Simon‘s fifty ways to leave your lover

Charles Song from Brazil will let you revise some classics while Amanda from Taiwan and Sparkly Rhythm will conclude this post with ukulele covers in Chinese and Thai.

Country: Austria / Language: Austrian (Viennese dialect)

Gofel and Ronaldo perform Glaabst i bin bleed (meaning ‘Do you think I am stupid’) from the Viennese band Worried Men Skiffle Group.

They do not seem unduly worried…

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In this week’s Ukulele World Tour, we’ll fly to Brazil where blog friend Marcelo has uncovered new ukulele artists.

We’ll then move from Germany to Canada for a bunch of ukulele songs in German before landing in Spain with a performance by Spanish ukulele blog friend Jordi.

If all this doesn’t make you suffer from jet lag, you’ll be able to reach the end of this post with an escape to Australia before coming back to mainland Europe with a song by TooSoft from France.

Country: Brazil /Language: Brazilian Portuguese

Marcelo from the  blog Ukulele Brazil recently mentioned two Brazilian artists using the ukulele : Ana Ribeiro and Eduardo Ansay.

This song, Minha Paz is their first single.

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Today’s Language Fun post might change your perception of English as a language!

British people often find it very frustrating when their English is not understood by foreign people.

A British woman came up with a rather unconventional idea…

Ever wondered why most French people are so reluctant to speak English?

This might be the beginning of an explanation. (Warning: not to be taken seriously)

Watch out next time you are struck with migraine, this is what …

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On the menu of our Ukulele World Tour today is some French poetry set to Italian, some classical music from Japan, a traditional song from Serbia sung by a Portuguese ukulele player, a song by a lovely Mexican girl, a ukulele entertainer from the Czech Republic,, some ukulele improvising from Spain and finally, a cover of a French song.

Enjoy !

Country : Italy / Language: Italian

Georges Brassens discovered the works of French poet Antoine Pol, among which Emotions Poétiques (1918), and decided to set the poem Les Passantes to music in 1972. This in turn inspired Italian Fabrizio De André, who translated the song to Italian and included it in an album called Canzoni.

Read the French poem here.


Duccio, a ukulele player from Italy, covers the song in Italian : Le Passanti.

Country: Japan / Language: Japanese

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Take some American and Spanish poetry from sunny Mexico, add to this a lovely voice from South Africa, a bit of Italian, a dreamy slightly haunting song about a stolen bicycle from the UK (no wonder people go nicking bicycles) , a ukulele song from French band Cocoon , and you should have your fill of ukulele and languages for the weekend.

Country : Mexico / Language: Spanish

Spanish, ukulele and recitation in this video featuring Jorge Guerra performing Mariposa Negra (Black Butterflies), a poem by New Yorker Barbara Joan Schaffer.

The Spanish lyrics to the song are (source : Barbara Joan Schaffer’s website) :

Mariposa negra de mi corazón
te esperaba y sólo llegó
La mariposa negra de mi corazón.

Te esperaba donde te sentaba
tu mano en la mía
escuchando lo que no pudimos decir.

Mariposa negra que vuela sin ver su camino.
Amor de sordomudo
Amor de tacto mudo
Sol oscuro de mi despertar.

The English words to the poem can be found here on Barbara Joan Schaffer’s website.

Country: South Africa / Language : Spanish

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