02 August 2009

Carla Bruni's Russian Tongue-Twister

1 August - 10k - 54.19 min. Cool drizzle, windy.

Does Sarkozy run with his dogs? I was asked the other day. I don't know, I could find no images or footage of him running with dogs. Only with his wife Carla and loads of security.


But I know he has three dogs, including a little chihuahua cross called Dumbledore and a beautiful white labrador Clara. While looking for info about Sarkozy's dogs I stumbled upon this video which reminded me of the famous Russian tongue twister based on the names of Karl and Klara.

(Click on images to watch the video.)



In the rhyme Karl and Clara steal similarly sounding things from each other. It goes something like this:

Off Klara Karl cleared the corals,
Off Karl Klara cleared the clarinet
(read phonetically transcribed Russian verse below)

No matter how hard you try, you end up mixing Klara into Karla, or Karl into Klar. Which is exactly what happened to the French journalist interviewing Carla Bruni. Her dapper husband President Sarkozy 'accidentally' walked into the room and, for want of something to say, decided to introduce the dogs to the journalists.

'This is Clara, the second one is Dumbledore and the third one - oh, it's just ran off...'

The journalist, looking somewhat dazed, tries to remember who is who. 'So, that one is Dumbledore, and this one is Carla'

'No, no, Carla is her-is me' Sarkozy and Bruni say in unison. 'The dog is Clara'.

Read and extended version of this post on Russian Review of Books

Please let me know if you see images of Sarkozy running with dogs.


Phonetic transcript of the Carl-Clara rhyme:
Karl ooh KlAry ukrAl corAlly
KlAra ooh KArla ukrAla clarnEt

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