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Le loup et son ombre

French short stories – Learning French through English

Aesop’s Fables – Le loup et son ombre


Once upon a time, there lived a Wolf in the forest. The wolf was very arrogant. He always thought that he was the largest and the strongest animal in the world. He never respected any animal. He did not even respect the Lion and believed that he would be a stronger and greater king.


Il était une fois un loup dans la forêt. Le loup était très orgueilleux. Il a toujours pensé qu’il était l’animal le plus gros et le plus fort du monde. Il n’a jamais respecté aucun animal. Il ne respectait même pas le lion et croyait qu’il serait un roi plus fort et plus grand.


He once had a heavy meal and came out to the sunset. In the sunset, the shadow is very long. He saw that the shadow cast by the sun was very long. It made him look a hundred times bigger than he actually was.


Un jour, il a déjà pris un repas copieux et est sorti au coucher du soleil. Au coucher du soleil, l’ombre est très longue. Il a vu que l’ombre projetée par le soleil était très longue. Cela le faisait paraître cent fois plus grand qu’il ne l’était réellement.


 “Oh how huge and powerful I am. I am so much bigger than the lion. I must go and challenge him to a fight.”


«Oh que je suis énorme et puissant. Je suis tellement plus grand que le lion. Je dois aller le défier dans un combat.»


Saying so, he ran to the lion. The lion was fast asleep and had no visible shadow. The wolf thought that he was very large compared to the lion. The wolf howled and woke up the lion and challenged him to a fight.


En disant cela, il courut vers le lion. Le lion dormait profondément et n’avait aucune ombre visible. Le loup pensait qu’il était très grand par rapport au lion. Le loup a hurlé et réveillé le lion et l’a défié à un combat.


The lion stood up in anger and the wolf saw that the lion’s shadow was so many times bigger than his. He had to run away from the forest to save his own life


Le lion se leva en colère et le loup vit que l’ombre du lion était tellement plus grande que la sienne. Il a dû fuir la forêt pour sauver sa propre vie


Moral: “Do not let your fancy make you forget realities.”


Morale: «Ne laissez pas votre fantaisie vous faire oublier les réalités.»



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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 French confidently using English as a base 🙂

These French short stories are super cool to read for beginners and also for entertaining children. Aesop’s Fables are among the best stories that can be studied on a daily basis. 


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