'Here is a story! Story it is': how fairytales are told in other tongues

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https://www.theguardian.com/books/2019/apr/19/here-is-a-story-story-it-is-how-fairytales-are-told-in-other-tongues

the Guardian – 19 Apr 19

‘Here is a story! Story it is’: how fairytales are told in other tongues

From Korea to Germany to Nigeria, every culture has its own versions of ‘once upon a time’ – and most are more interesting than the English

In Korean, a typical fairytale begins: “Once, in the old days, when tigers smoked…”. In Catalan, spoken in the north-east of Spain, a story may start with, “Once upon a time in a corner of the world where everybody had a nose…” or, “Once upon a time, when the beasts spoke and people were silent…”.

Omnium Gatherum: May 9, 2019