Fairytale Openings Around The World: Critical Linking, April 23, 2019

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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…”.

In some parts of the Caribbean, stories begin with call and response with the audience, with the narrator saying in Creole, “E dit kwik?” (I say creek) to which the audience replies “kwak” (crack).

I’d read an entire book of how fairytales begin in different parts of the world.


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I’ve watched this so many times it’s etched on my heart now: ¡Ay, qué trabajo me cuesta quererte como te quiero!

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