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M@tthijs
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So, in a few days we'll be celebrating Sinterklaas.

Tradition is to give gifts, we don't toss them under a tree or put them in a sock, no, we make poems and often 'surprises':
Wikipedia wrote:
The present is often creatively disguised by being packaged in a humorous, unusual or personalized way. This is called a surprise (from the French ).[16][17]

Poems from Sinterklaas usually accompany gifts, bearing a personal message for the receiver. It is usually a humorous poem which often teases the recipient for well-known bad habits or other character deficiencies.

Now, my daughter (14) is doing quite well in school. However, her lowest grades this year are for French and German. In fact, last year is was Latin and Ancient Greek, but dropping those meant she passed the year. However, if she flunks this year it'll probably because of French and German.

So I think it would be funny to, amongst the gifts with poems, put 2, 1 in French, 1 in German.

However,...
mon Francais est tres mal aussi et...
auch mein Deutsch ist nicht sehr gut, aber besser als mein Französisch...
...so I don't blame her, in that regard. Still it would be funny however there's no way I'll be able to rhyme in either language.

So are there any French or German speakers here, willing to help out?

- The poem should be short, some 6-12 lines.
- it can include her name, Eef, that she's bad in this language but otherwise pretty good at all other school subjects
- that she would be a lot better if she spends more time on her homework and less on social media and friends (use any that'll rhyme for you; Facebook, Netflix, Whatsapp, Pinterest, Snapchat)
- That Sinterklaas (or short: the 'Sint') loves her regardless and brought her a nice gift.

Improvise as you want.

A geekgold for anyone submitting a poem in French or German within these parameters.
A free microbadge (8 gg) for the 2 I like best and will use.

Thanks! Looking forward to any answers!
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Wish i could help but my ancient french is mostly gone.

The sinterklaas poetry competition in my family got so fierce that it was abandoned. If anyone had found out that a poem had been outsourced, it would have triggered Armageddon. laugh

Good luck... I hope zwaarte piet brings you lots of pepernoten
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Lovely idea!

I'm not a native french speaker, but this is what I came up with. There are probably mistakes in it, but it was fun to try.

Eef, érudite dame,
quoique fréquenter Facebook n'est pas un drame
si tu le fais avec modération,
il serait tellement mieux de fréquenter tes livres de français,
puisque, bonne élève que tu es,
pour les langues aussi il te faut t'appliquer avec passion.
Malgré ce petit défaut de caractère
le bon Sinterklaas ne t'en veut guère
et t'apporte un présent avec plaisir.
Mais sois bien sur le qui-vive!
Parce-que si l'année prochaine tu récidives
Le Zwarte Piet viendra te saisir!

Good luck trying to motivate her! It can be tough, as I noticed with my own children...

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Apologies in advance to the Francophones...

Était une fille
qui n'ais jamais dit
une bonne mot en français.

C'est une tragedie
causée car elle n'avait etudée
ni la matin ni pendant la nuit.

Mais au certain sujets
(Social media, let's say)
elle démontres ses grands qualités

Malgré très peu d'effort
(Et la froide en dehors)
Monsieur Le Sint va viens içi.

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There was a girl
Who never spoke
A good word en français.

It's a tragedy
Caused because she hadn't studied
Neither morning nor at night.

But in certain subjects
(Social media, let's say)
She demonstrates her great skills.

Despite very little effort,
(And the cold outside)
Mr 'le Sint' will be coming here.

[Edit: further apologies to English readers blush]
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Der Sinterklaas kam bei Nacht,
er hat Geschenke dir gebracht.

Du siehst dabei auch ein Gedicht
auf Deutsch - verziehst du das Gesicht?

Wieso ist Sinterklaas so bös'
auf Deutsch zu schreiben - skandalös!

Alle anderen sind so nett -
auf Facebook, Whatsapp und Snapchat

Sie schreiben dich in Sprachen an,
die leichter man verstehen kann.

Wird jetzt die Freundschaft abgebrochen,
weil Sint auf Deutsch dich angesprochen?

Das wäre doch katastrophal!
Und nur wegen der Sprachenwahl!

Doch lassen wir die Sache ruh'n
Was Sint so tun muss, muss er tun.

Und nächstes Jahr, mit etwas Glück,
da schreibst du schon auf Deutsch zurück!
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Awesome guys!

It speaks volumes of my knowledge of French that I can easily read the German poem, but only 40% of that first poem. Had to use Google Translate!

Great ones, thanks!
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It's not your french. Asperamanca is the better poet.
What he manages to do with fairly simple language, that's awesome.
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With these 3 great poems I decided to tip y'all 10 bag
Thanks!
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Thanks. You'll let us know how it goes, I hope?
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Here's a strange piece of rhyming French:
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It was a great succes. The look on her face, when she unfolded the first peom, the French. Then, a few presents later a blank stare and "well, that's just mean" when she discovered there was a German one too!
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We had great fun about it. And I must admit, I'm pleasantly surprised with how well she translated the German one and at least got the gist of the French one. Goes to show it's a lot easier to understand a language, then it is to speak or write it correctly.

Thanks!
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Awesome!
 
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