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Post Posted:: June 20th, 2017, 2:32 am 

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This topic is about surprise.

Have you ever had a favourite poem, song or story that you assumed was an invention of your own language that you then found out came from another language/ culture?

Or perhaps you thought you knew the other language of origin, only to find out it was another one altogether?

I recently discovered that a folk song made popular in the 1960s in Australia, and which I had thought was perhaps of French or Italian or German origin, is in fact from Tsarist Russia.

https://m.youtube.com/watch?list=PL3D56CE5573B8DB1E&v=Kb5V7MHFJXI
https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Carnival_Is_Over

Has this ever happened to anyone else?


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