Monday, December 29, 2014

Another xalq mahnısı - Dağlara çən düşəndə

I've started singing again with a new teacher - Konul. She is really teaching me the proper way to sing xalq mahnısı. I really love singing these songs, but the meaning can be difficult to decipher. Even locals that I have asked about lyrics have confessed that they don't understand some archaic words. I have gone to the dictionary for several in this song. However, even when the words are not difficult, the meaning can be elusive.


Dağlara çən düşəndə,
Sünbülə dən düşəndə.
Ruhum bədəndən oynar bala,
Yadıma sən düşəndə.


Yaylığı aldı yarım,
Boynuma saldı yarım.
Qıyğacı baxmaq ilə bala,
Könlümu aldı yarım.


Səyyada bax səyyada,
Torun qurub qayada.
Toruna tərlan düşüb bala,
Kimsəsi yox oyada.

Fog descends on the mountains,
The wheat is ready for harvest.
You come to mind,
My spirit dances.

[OK, the image of falling works in Azerbaijani, but doesn't in English.]

My love took my scarf,
He put it on my shoulder.
He looked at me with his eyes half closed,
And stole my heart.

Look at the hunter,
He tied a net to a rock.
A bird was captured in the net,
There is no one to awaken.

Thursday, December 18, 2014

I'm back - with more great resources

Apologies to followers of the blog. I have been so busy with the launch of the children's publishing house - üç alma - that I have had no time for the blog. Check out our books at! Another great way to improve your Azerbaijani - read to a child!

Today I will share some great new websites from the Ministry of Education. Please explore and send your comments.

educational videos

I am looking at others... Will post more soon.