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Once Upon A Time
"ONCE UPON A TIME" is a stock phrase used to introduce a narrative of past events, typically in fairy tales and folk tales. It has been used in some form since at least 1380 (according to the Oxford English Dictionary ) in storytelling in the English language
English language
and has opened many oral narratives since 1600. These stories often then end with "and they all lived happily ever after ", or, originally, "happily until their deaths". The phrase is particularly common in fairy tales for younger children, where it is almost always the opening line of a tale
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Simplified Chinese
SIMPLIFIED CHINESE CHARACTERS (简化字; jiǎnhuàzì) are standardized Chinese characters prescribed in the Table of General Standard Chinese
Standard Chinese
Characters for use in mainland China . Along with traditional Chinese characters , they are one of the two standard character sets of the contemporary Chinese written language . The government of the People\'s Republic of China
Republic of China
in mainland China has promoted them for use in printing since the 1950s and 1960s to encourage literacy. They are officially used in the People\'s Republic of China
Republic of China
and Singapore
Singapore

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Traditional Chinese
TRADITIONAL CHINESE CHARACTERS (traditional Chinese: 正體字/繁體字; simplified Chinese : 正体字/繁体字; Pinyin : Zhèngtǐzì/Fántǐzì) are Chinese characters in any character set that does not contain newly created characters or character substitutions performed after 1946. They are most commonly the characters in the standardized character sets of Taiwan
Taiwan
, of Hong Kong and Macau
Macau
or in the Kangxi Dictionary
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Pinyin
HANYU PINYIN ROMANIZATION (simplified Chinese : 汉语拼音; traditional Chinese : 漢語拼音; literally: "Han Chinese spelling of sounds"), often abbreviated to PINYIN, is the official romanization system for Standard Chinese
Standard Chinese
in mainland China
China
and to some extent in Taiwan
Taiwan
. It is often used to teach Standard (Mandarin) Chinese, which is normally written using Chinese characters
Chinese characters
. The system includes four diacritics denoting tones . Pinyin
Pinyin
without tone marks is used to spell Chinese names and words in languages written with the Latin alphabet , and also in certain computer input methods to enter Chinese characters. The pinyin system was developed in the 1950s by many linguists, including Zhou Youguang , based on earlier form romanizations of Chinese
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Croatian Language
CROATIAN /kroʊˈeɪʃən/ ( listen ) (hrvatski ) is the standardized variety of the Serbo-Croatian
Serbo-Croatian
language used by Croats , principally in Croatia
Croatia
, Bosnia and Herzegovina
Bosnia and Herzegovina
, the Serbian province of Vojvodina
Vojvodina
and other neighboring countries. It is the official and literary standard of Croatia
Croatia
and one of the official languages of the European Union
European Union
. Croatian is also one of the official languages of Bosnia and Herzegovina, a recognized minority language in Serbia, and neighboring countries. Standard Croatian is based on the most widespread dialect of Serbo-Croatian, Shtokavian , more specifically on Eastern Herzegovinian , which is also the basis of Standard Serbian , Bosnian , and Montenegrin
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Czech Language
CZECH (/ˈtʃɛk/ ; čeština Czech pronunciation: ), historically also BOHEMIAN (/boʊˈhiːmiən, bə-/ ; lingua Bohemica in Latin
Latin
), is a West Slavic language of the Czech–Slovak group , that is extensively influenced by Latin
Latin
and German . It is spoken by over 10 million people and is the official language of the Czech Republic
Czech Republic
. Czech is closely related to Slovak , to the point of being mutually intelligible to a very high degree. The Czecho-Slovak group developed within West Slavic in the high medieval period, and the standardisation of Czech and Slovak within the Czech–Slovak dialect continuum emerges in the early modern period
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Chinese Language
LEGEND: Countries identified Chinese as a primary, administrative, or native language Countries with more than 5,000,000 Chinese speakers Countries with more than 1,000,000 Chinese speakers Countries with more than 500,000 Chinese speakers Countries with more than 100,000 Chinese speakers Major Chinese-speaking settlements THIS ARTICLE CONTAINS IPA PHONETIC SYMBOLS. Without proper rendering support , you may see question marks, boxes, or other symbols instead of Unicode
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Catalan Language
CATALAN (/ˈkætəlæn/ ; autonym : català or ) is a Romance language derived from Vulgar Latin and named after the medieval Principality of Catalonia
Catalonia
, in northeastern modern Spain
Spain
. It is the national and only official language of Andorra
Andorra
, and a co-official language of the Spanish autonomous communities of Catalonia
Catalonia
, the Balearic Islands
Balearic Islands
and Valencia
Valencia
(where the language is known as Valencian ). It also has semi-official status in the commune of Alghero
Alghero
These territories are often called Catalan Countries
Catalan Countries
. Catalan evolved from Vulgar Latin in the Middle Ages around the eastern Pyrenees
Pyrenees

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Basque Language
BASQUE (/bæsk/ or /bɑːsk/ ; Basque: euskara, IPA: ) is the language spoken by the Basques . Linguistically, Basque is unrelated to the other languages of Europe and indeed, as a language isolate , to any other known language. The Basques are indigenous to, and primarily inhabit, the Basque Country , a region that straddles the westernmost Pyrenees in adjacent parts of northern Spain
Spain
and southwestern France
France
. The Basque language
Basque language
is spoken by 28.4% of Basques in all territories (751,500). Of these, 93.2% (700,300) are in the Spanish area of the Basque Country and the remaining 6.8% (51,200) are in the French portion
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Bengali Language
BENGALI (/bɛŋˈɡɔːli/ ), also known by its endonym BANGLA (/ˈbɑːŋlɑː/ ; বাংলা ( listen )), is an Indo-Aryan language spoken in the Indian Subcontinent
Indian Subcontinent
. It is the official and most widely spoken language of Bangladesh
Bangladesh
, and second most widely spoken of the 22 scheduled languages of India
India
, behind Hindi
Hindi
. Within India, Bengali is the official language of the states of West Bengal and Tripura
Tripura
, and in the districts of the Barak Valley
Barak Valley
in the state of Assam
Assam
. It is also the most widely spoken language in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands and is spoken by significant minorities in other states including Jharkhand
Jharkhand
, Mizoram , and Meghalaya
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Breton Language
50-ABB-b (varieties: 50-ABB-ba to -be) Regional distribution of Breton speakers (2004) THIS ARTICLE CONTAINS IPA PHONETIC SYMBOLS. Without proper rendering support , you may see question marks, boxes, or other symbols instead of Unicode characters. For an introductory guide on IPA symbols, see Help:IPA .BRETON /ˈbrɛtən/ (brezhoneg IPA: ( listen ) or IPA: in Morbihan ) is a Southwestern Brittonic Celtic language spoken in Brittany . Breton was brought from Great Britain
Great Britain
to Armorica by migrating Britons during the Early Middle Ages ; it is thus an Insular Celtic language , and as such not closely related to the Continental Celtic Gaulish language
Gaulish language
which had been spoken in pre-Roman Gaul
Gaul
. Breton is most closely related to Cornish , both being Southwestern Brittonic languages
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Bulgarian Language
Moldova
Moldova
Ukraine
Ukraine
Serbia
Serbia
Albania
Albania
Romania
Romania
REGULATED BY Institute for the Bulgarian language
Bulgarian language
at the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences (Институт за български език при Българската академия на науките (БАН)) LANGUAGE CODES ISO 639-1 bg ISO 639-2 bul ISO 639-3 bul GLOTTOLOG bulg1262 LINGUASPHERE 53-AAA-hb < 53-AAA-h THIS ARTICLE CONTAINS IPA PHONETIC SYMBOLS. Without proper rendering support , you may see question marks, boxes, or other symbols instead of Unicode
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Dutch Language
Aruba
Aruba
Belgium
Belgium
Curaçao Netherlands
Netherlands
Sint Maarten
Sint Maarten
Suriname
Suriname
------------------------- BENELUX EUROPEAN UNION SOUTH AMERICAN UNION CARICOM REGULATED BY Nederlandse Taalunie ( Dutch Language Union ) LANGUAGE CODES ISO 639-1 nl ISO 639-2 dut (B) nld (T) ISO 639-3 nld Dutch/ Flemish
Flemish
GLOTTOLOG mode1257 LINGUASPHERE 52-ACB-a Dutch-speaking world (included are areas of daughter-language Afrikaans
Afrikaans
) Distribution of the Dutch language
Dutch language
and its dialects in Western Europe THIS ARTICLE CONTAINS IPA PHONETIC SYMBOLS
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Esperanto
ESPERANTO (/ˌɛspəˈræntoʊ/ or /-ˈrɑː-/ ; in Esperanto: listen (help ·info )) is a constructed international auxiliary language . It is the most widely spoken constructed language in the world. The Polish-Jewish ophthalmologist L. L. Zamenhof published the first book detailing Esperanto, Unua Libro
Unua Libro
, on 26 July 1887. The name of Esperanto
Esperanto
derives from Doktoro Esperanto
Esperanto
("Esperanto" translates as "one who hopes"), the pseudonym under which Zamenhof published Unua Libro
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Greek Language
GREEK ( Modern Greek : ελληνικά , elliniká, "Greek", ελληνική γλώσσα ( listen ), ellinikí glóssa, "Greek language") is an independent branch of the Indo-European family of languages, native to Greece
Greece
and other parts of the Eastern Mediterranean . It has the longest documented history of any living Indo-European language, spanning 34 centuries of written records. Its writing system has been the Greek alphabet for the major part of its history; other systems, such as Linear B and the Cypriot syllabary , were used previously. The alphabet arose from the Phoenician script and was in turn the basis of the Latin
Latin
, Cyrillic
Cyrillic
, Armenian , Coptic , Gothic and many other writing systems
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Chadic Languages
The CHADIC LANGUAGES are a branch of the Afroasiatic language family that is spoken in parts of the Sahel
Sahel
. They include 150 languages spoken across northern Nigeria
Nigeria
, southern Niger
Niger
, southern Chad
Chad
, Central African Republic
Central African Republic
and northern Cameroon
Cameroon
. The most widely spoken Chadic language is Hausa , a lingua franca of much of inland West Africa
West Africa
. CONTENTS * 1 Composition * 2 Origin * 3 Bibliography * 4 References * 5 External links COMPOSITIONNewman (1977) classified the languages into the four groups which have been accepted in all subsequent literature. Further subbranching, however, has not been as robust; Blench (2006), for example, only accepts the A/B bifurcation of East Chadic. * WEST CHADIC
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