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Das Bündel von Stöcken

German Dual Language short stories – Learning German through English

Aesop’s Fables – Das Bündel von Stöcken


Once upon a time, there was a father and mother who lived in a small village. They had four children who would always quarrel with one another. They would fight for the smallest of things. They were never united.

The father and mother tried to unite them but it was of no use. One day the father got tired of seeing the children fight repeatedly. So he decided to teach them a lesson on unity.


Es war einmal ein Vater und eine Mutter, die in einem kleinen Dorf lebten. Sie hatten vier Kinder, die sich immer miteinander stritten. Sie würden für die kleinsten Dinge kämpfen. Sie waren nie vereint.

Der Vater und die Mutter versuchten, sie zu vereinen, aber es war nutzlos. Eines Tages hatte der Vater es satt, die Kinder immer wieder streiten zu sehen. Also beschloss er, ihnen eine Lektion über die Einheit zu erteilen.



The father said, “Children come here. I have a task for you. Go outside and bring me 4 thick sticks.”

The children went outside and each got him one stick each. The father tied the sticks together into a bundle and gave them to the eldest son.


Der Vater sagte: „Kinder kommt hierher. Ich habe eine Aufgabe für euch. Geht nach draußen und bringt mir 4 dicke Stöcke. “

Die Kinder gingen nach draußen und jeder brachte ihm jeweils einen Stock. Der Vater band die Stöcke zu einem Bündel zusammen und gab sie dem ältesten Sohn.



“Try breaking the bundle of sticks.”

The son tried to break the bundle but could not do so. The father called the second son and even he could not break the bundle. The same happened for the third and fourth son as well.

The Father opened the bundle and gave each of them a stick.

The Father said, “Now break the sticks”

The sons broke the sticks easily.


„Versucht, das Bündel von Stöcken zu brechen.”

Der Sohn versuchte das Bündel zu zerbrechen, konnte es aber nicht. Der Vater rief den zweiten Sohn an und selbst er konnte das Bündel nicht zerbrechen. Das gleiche geschah auch für den dritten und vierten Sohn.

Der Vater öffnete das Bündel und gab jedem einen Stock.

Der Vater sagte: „Jetzt brecht die Stöcke”

Die Söhne brachen leicht die Stöcke.



The Father said, “Now you see, individually, the sticks are weak. The can be broken easily by anyone. But together, the sticks are strong. They cannot be broken. Similarly when you are separated, your enemies can easily break you. When you are all together, your enemies do not stand a chance against you since you are strong together.”


Der Vater sagte: „Jetzt seht ihr, einzeln, dass die Stöcke schwach sind. Das kann von jedem leicht gebrochen werden. Aber zusammen sind die Stöcke stark. Sie können nicht gebrochen werden. Ebenso können eure Feinde ihr leicht brechen, wenn ihr getrennt seid. Wenn ihr alle zusammen seid, haben eure Feinde keine Chance gegen euch, da ihr zusammen stark seid. “




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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 German confidently using English as a base 🙂 These German 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.


About the Editor
The author of this German dual language short story is a C1 Goethe certified German language expert. He has over 5 years’ experience in teaching German and over 8 years learning. 

He has conducted over 1000 plus hours of classes to over 300 students. In simple words (his words as well as his student’s words), he is AWESOME!!! He can be reached out to at deindeutschlehrer24@gmail.com

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