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Un peu moins et un peu plus

French short stories – Learning French through English

Akbar and Birbal – Un peu moins et un peu plus


Birbal had a daughter who was ten years old. One day, she accompanied him to the royal court. Akbar was very fond of children and loved talking to them. When he saw her, he called her near him and gave her gifts and sweets.


Birbal avait une fille de dix ans. Un jour, elle l’a accompagné à la cour royale. Akbar aimait beaucoup les enfants et adorait leur parler. Quand il l’a vue, il l’a appelée près de lui et lui a donné des cadeaux et des bonbons.


He started to converse with her and asked, “Do you know Persian, little girl?”

The girl replied, “My King, a little lesser and a little more”.


Il a commencé à converser avec elle et a demandé: «Connaissez-vous le persan, petite fille?»

La fille a répondu: «Mon roi, un peu moins et un peu plus».


Akbar did not understand her reply and asked Birbal what his daughter meant.


Akbar n’a pas compris sa réponse et a demandé à Birbal ce que voulait dire sa fille.


Birbal said, “My King, she knows Persian a little more than those who do not know Persian at all. She knows a little lesser than those who know Persian very well.”


Birbal a déclaré: «Mon roi, elle connaît un peu plus le persan que ceux qui ne connaissent pas du tout le persan. Elle en sait un peu moins que ceux qui connaissent très bien le persan.


Akbar understood that Birbal’s daughter had the same wits as her father.


Akbar comprit que la fille de Birbal avait le même esprit que son père.


Akbar said, “Seems that your daughter is as smart as you.”


Akbar a dit: «Il semble que votre fille est aussi intelligente que vous. »


Birbal said, “My King, a little lesser and a little more”.


Birbal a dit: «Mon roi, un peu moins et un peu plus».


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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. Akbar and Birbal are among the best stories that can be studied on a daily basis.



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