никто уже и не помнит когда

English translation: Once upon a time, so long ago no one remembers when and where.

04:51 Apr 26, 2005
Russian to English translations [PRO]
Art/Literary - Poetry & Literature / children's literature
Russian term or phrase: никто уже и не помнит когда
- Очень и очень давно, никто уже и не помнит когда, - начал рассказывать Лорр, - нашего мира еще не было.

Подскажите, please, такую фразу, которая легко увязывалась бы с началом: 'A very, very long time ago'.
Andrew Vdovin
Local time: 20:54
English translation:Once upon a time, so long ago no one remembers when and where.
Explanation:
folktale openings, from Storytell
... A long time ago - and yet perhaps it wasn't such a very long time ago - there
lived. ... Once upon a time, so long ago no one remembers when and where. ...
www.folktale.net/openers.html - 15k

Storytelling Openings - Story-Lovers SOS Story Lists
... 18) A long time ago, the old people say... 19) A long time ago, long ago, ...
112) Once upon a time, so long ago no one remembers when and where. ...
www.story-lovers.com/listsstorytelling openings.html - 30k
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Tsogt Gombosuren
Canada
Local time: 07:54
Grading comment
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4 +8Once upon a time, so long ago no one remembers when and where.
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никто уже и не помнит когда
Once upon a time, so long ago no one remembers when and where.


Explanation:
folktale openings, from Storytell
... A long time ago - and yet perhaps it wasn't such a very long time ago - there
lived. ... Once upon a time, so long ago no one remembers when and where. ...
www.folktale.net/openers.html - 15k

Storytelling Openings - Story-Lovers SOS Story Lists
... 18) A long time ago, the old people say... 19) A long time ago, long ago, ...
112) Once upon a time, so long ago no one remembers when and where. ...
www.story-lovers.com/listsstorytelling openings.html - 30k

Tsogt Gombosuren
Canada
Local time: 07:54
Native speaker of: Native in MongolianMongolian
PRO pts in category: 28
Grading comment
Thank you!

Peer comments on this answer (and responses from the answerer)
agree  Robert Donahue (X): Very strange...the encoding on this page doesn't work (for me obviously). I can see what Andrew posted on his "open kudoz" page so I can see that your answer is correct : )
3 mins
  -> Yes, encoding doesn't work properly today. I have to set my encoding back to Cyrillic (Windows) whenever I go to other tabs, pages etc. Thanks Robert! :-)

agree  Anneta Vysotskaya
13 mins
  -> Thank you Anneta! :-)

agree  Mikhail Kropotov: I think there are some words missing in your translation, - it's ambiguous as is. I would add "so long ago *that* no one remembers" or something like that.
30 mins
  -> possible, but not essential. Thank you Mikhail! :-)

agree  Jack Doughty: I should leave out and where", as the asker suggests, even though "where and when" (or vice versa) is a common expression.
1 hr
  -> Yes, "where" can be omitted here.Thank you Jack! :-)

agree  Kirill Semenov
2 hrs
  -> Thanks a lot, Kirill! :-)

agree  Larissa Dinsley
2 hrs
  -> Thanks a lot, Larissa! :-)

agree  Seger Bonebakker (X)
7 hrs
  -> Thanks a lot, Seger! :-)

agree  Marina Davidenko
9 hrs
  -> Thanks a lot, Marina! :-)
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