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hiltserne fislach

English translation: wooden feet

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Yiddish term or phrase:hiltserne fislach
English translation:wooden feet
Entered by: Kristin Sobania
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13:25 Feb 13, 2009
Yiddish to English translations [PRO]
Art/Literary - Music / lyrics of *Bei mir bist Du schejn*
Yiddish term or phrase: hiltserne fislach
Dear colleagues,

I’ve got the Yiddish lyrics of "Bei mir bist Du schejn" , of which I don’t understand all of the words. I know the English version of this song, but those words don’t have the same meaning as the Yiddish words so they really aren’t of any use to me.
There is one translation of this song in the internet, namely

http://www.hebrewsongs.com/?song=baymirbistusheyn

However, the Yiddish words I’ve got differ in some parts from the words of that version.

There is a very nice version of this song on YouTube (of which the words slightly differ as well):

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZUVEq6NC7mM

I would be really greatful if someone could help me to understand the lyrics. (I couldn't find those words in a dictionary either .... maybe because of the spelling?)


Context: Ven di zolst zain shvartz vi a tuter
Ven di host oigen vi bai a kuter
Un ven di hinkst tsubislach host hiltserne fislach
Zug ich dos art mich nit.

P.S. I chose this question to be Pro, because I think that one really has to know the song, since the spelling I've got must be in some ways a bit abstruse.
Kristin Sobania
Germany
Local time: 14:13
wooden feet
Explanation:
holtz=wood

hiltzerne=wooden

fus=foot

fis=feet

fislach or fiselach=diminutive of fis
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eliuri
Local time: 08:13
Grading comment
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wooden feet


Explanation:
holtz=wood

hiltzerne=wooden

fus=foot

fis=feet

fislach or fiselach=diminutive of fis

Example sentence(s):
  • Er tantzt vie mit hiltzerne fislach
  • He dances as if he had wooden feet
eliuri
Local time: 08:13
Native speaker of: Native in EnglishEnglish
PRO pts in category: 8
Grading comment
Many thanks for your help!

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