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“Yeki bood, yeki nabood”

My friend Panteha is of Iranian descent on her dad’s side. She recalls a phrase in Farsi that her dad would always use to begin stories or fairy tales he told her as a kid. The phrase is, in the original Farsi: یکی بود یکی نبود It is transliterated as “Yeki bood yeki nabood,” which… Continue Reading »

Tsarevna Lyagushka (Царевна Лягушка)

INFO: There’s a king with three sons. They’re all getting old enough to marry, and he says: “Go and take these arrows and shoot them off and wherever they land, there you’ll find your bride.” The oldest one shoots an arrow and he goes and it lands in the court of a rich landowner. He… Continue Reading »

Auntie Cockroach (kids)

When he was four or five, his grandmother and mother told him a story about “Auntie Cockroach”. This folktale is a very popular Persian fairy tale for kids and it was a popular bedtime story for Arya. Her mother and grandmother would always end their retelling by asking him to answer what the moral of… Continue Reading »