Diki Deke Dige

December 7, 2010

Sometime I REALLY wish I spoke Arabic or at least could read it. I’ve been interested in a certain song for a little while, and I’m looking for the version of it that I like best. There are a LOT of versions because it’s a folk song. My problem is that, of course, the lyrics are in Arabic, which means that there’s no one way to spell it in our alphabet. When I first heard the song on Youtube, it was called “Dikey dikey dikey”, meaning “Play play play”. The word can also be spelled:

Diki

Deke

Dikki

Digi

Dige

Diggy

Degi

Deqi

…and so on. It’s proving quite the challenge. Add to that the song can also be called “Dige Ya Rababa” (play the rababa) (or a billion spelling variations thereof).

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