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Folk Tales, Fables, Fairy Tales

Folk tales seem to be a good way to teach about a culture and are often employed in classrooms to aid in teaching new languages.

I would like to learn about folk stories from Switzerland (and beyond). Personally do not know any folk stories from CH but I do have a few stories on Japanese folklore.

A well-known Japanese folkstory is called Aka Manto and takes place (like many popular ghost stories) on the ladies' room. (http://www.cracked.com/funny-7186-8-...urban-legends/) Another very famous Japanese folktale which is suitable for kids is Momotaro https://japanesemythology.wordpress....the-peach-boy/

I also know a couple of Romanian folk tales, but hope greenmount can add more. Ion Creanga has written numerous ones, some of which available for free and translated in English online.

One of the most famous I believe is the bear tricked by the fox (ursul pacalit de vulpe) https://thekittycats.wordpress.com/2...ed-by-the-fox/

I look forward to hear some Swiss folktales, as well as others from around the world.
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Old 16.06.2016, 21:24
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Re: Folk Tales, Fables, Fairy Tales

The communal laundry room is hollowed grounds. You will find that a great part of life in Switzerland revolves around the laundry room and a great many battles have been fought for it. Hence, the famous laundry room folklores play a pivotal role in defining modern Swiss society.
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Is that Rumanian? That's almost Latin
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Is that Rumanian? That's almost Latin
I would certainly expect so.

(clue: Romania, Roma)

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The communal laundry room is hollowed grounds. You will find that a great part of life in Switzerland revolves around the laundry room and a great many battles have been fought for it. Hence, the famous laundry room folklores play a pivotal role in defining modern Swiss society.
As with many jokes and folk tales, there is a grain of truth: Even the great Swiss author Hugo Loetscher had is as a topic of one of its books: http://www.diogenes.ch/leser/katalog...257216332/buch

Here some Swiss Folk tales:
http://www.sagen.at/texte/sagen/schw...en_schweiz.htm

Here some more:
http://www.historisches-sisikon.ch/sagen_sisikon.html

A well known modern one from Bern told (and invented, not only the story but most if not nearly all of the words) by Franz Hohler:


Here some Swiss Fairy Tales
http://www.maerchenstiftung.ch/netz_...&chk_infos=yes
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Is that Rumanian? That's almost Latin
Romanian is a Romance language (similar to French, Italian, Portughese) heavily influenced by latin and also to some extent slavic and greek.
The name of Romania (România) comes from Român (aka Romanian) which is a derivative of the Latin adjective Romanus.


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As with many jokes and folk tales, there is a grain of truth: Even the great Swiss author Hugo Loetscher had is as a topic of one of its books: http://www.diogenes.ch/leser/katalog...257216332/buch

Here some Swiss Folk tales:
http://www.sagen.at/texte/sagen/schw...en_schweiz.htm

Here some more:
http://www.historisches-sisikon.ch/sagen_sisikon.html

A well known modern one from Bern told (and invented, not only the story but most if not nearly all of the words) by Franz Hohler:


Here some Swiss Fairy Tales
http://www.maerchenstiftung.ch/netz_...&chk_infos=yes
Many thanks for the links
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I would certainly expect so.

(clue: Romania, Roma)

Tom
These assumptions are tricky, and I was too lazy to check before.

The word Roma originates from the ethnicity's (i.e. the gypsies) name for themselves; they arrived in Europe some thhousand years ago. No connection with the acient Romans nor with Latin.

I'm simply surprised that Romanian remained so close to the original, whereas Italian has changed much more.
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The word Roma originates from the ethnicity's (i.e. the gypsies) name for themselves; they arrived in Europe some thhousand years ago. No connection with the acient Romans nor with Latin.
Roma is the capital of Italy, and that's what I meant.

i.e. that the name Romania is derived from Roma, in particular:

"Romania derives from the Latin romanus, meaning "citizen of Rome"".

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