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De sterkste wapens

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Akbar and Birbal – De pot


Once upon a time, a great blacksmith visited Akbar’s kingdom. He was an expert in making shields and spears.

King Akbar asked, “Blacksmith, I have heard that you are the greatest blacksmith in all the kingdoms. I wish to know more.”


Er was eens een grote smid die het koninkrijk van Akbar bezocht. Hij was een expert in het maken van schilden en speren.

Koning Akbar vroeg: “Smid, ik heb gehoord dat je de grootste smid in alle koninkrijken bent. Ik wil meer weten.”


The Blacksmith said proudly, “My King. It is true. I am the greatest blacksmith in the world. All blacksmiths learn to make hundreds of weapons. I make only two, the spear and the shield. Both of these weapons, no one can make better than me.”

The Blacksmith gave the shield to the King. It was heavy and made of a metal which was not heavy yet was very strong.


De smid zei trots: “Mijn koning. Het is waar. Ik ben de grootste smid ter wereld. Alle smeden leren honderden wapens te maken. Ik maak er maar twee, de speer en het schild. Beide wapens kan niemand beter maken dan ik.”

De smid gaf het schild aan de koning. Het was zwaar en gemaakt van een metaal dat niet zwaar was maar toch erg sterk.


The Blacksmith said, “My King, this shield is made of a very rare and strong metal. No spear in the world can pierce it. It is the strongest shield in the world. It is a true fit only for the greatest king.”

The Blacksmith gave the spear to the King. It was light and extremely sharp.


De smid zei: “Mijn koning, dit schild is gemaakt van een zeer zeldzaam en sterk metaal. Geen speer ter wereld kan hem doorboren. Het is het sterkste schild ter wereld. Het is alleen geschikt voor de grootste koning.”

De smid gaf de speer aan de koning. Het was licht en extreem scherp.


The Blacksmith said, “My King, this spear is the sharpest spear ever made. There is no shield in the world which can stop it. It is the best spear in the world. It is a true fit only for the greatest king.”

Birbal laughed loudly and said, “You are lying about one or the other. I can say that for sure.”


De smid zei: “Mijn koning, deze speer is de scherpste speer ooit gemaakt. Er is geen schild ter wereld dat het kan stoppen. Het is de beste speer ter wereld. Het is alleen geschikt voor de grootste koning.”

Birbal lachte luid en zei: “Je liegt op de een of de ander. Dat kan ik zeker zeggen.”


The Blacksmith got really angry and said, “Minister, forgive me for saying this but you do not know much about weapons as I do. But I shall ask you, prove it to me.”

Birbal smiled and said, “I will throw your spear at your shield. If your spear breaks the shield, then the shield is not unbreakable. If your spear breaks, then the spear has been stopped.”


De smid werd heel boos en zei: “Minister, vergeef me dat ik dit zeg, maar u weet niet veel over wapens zoals ik. Maar ik zal het je vragen, het mij bewijzen. ”

Birbal glimlachte en zei: “Ik zal je speer naar je schild werpen. Als je speer het schild breekt, dan is het schild niet onbreekbaar. Als je speer breekt, is de speer gestopt.”



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About: Studying through Dual Language immersion is among the best techniques for learning a new language. The objective of this website is to teach yourself how to read and speak Dutch confidently using English as a base 🙂 These Dutch short stories are super cool to read for beginners and also for entertaining children. Akbar and Birbal Fables are among the best stories that can be studied on a daily basis.

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