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Der Bär und die Bienen

German short stories – Learning German through English

Aesop’s Fables – Der Bär und die Bienen


A Bear was roaming around the forest searching for something nice to eat.

He thought, “I like berries. Berries are tasty. But I like honey more. Honey is my favorite food.”

He found a tree in the forest which was very low. The tree had a big honeycomb. The honeycomb seemed to be empty.


Ein Bär streifte durch den Wald und suchte nach etwas Schönem zu fressen.

Er dachte: „Ich mag Beeren. Beeren sind lecker. Aber ich mag Honig mehr. Honig ist mein Lieblingsessen.“

Er fand einen Baum im Wald, der sehr niedrig war. Der Baum hatte eine große Wabe. Die Wabe schien leer zu sein.


The Bear thought, “Today is my lucky day. I am going to eat a lot of honey.”

It was dark and the bear could not see very well. The bear went near the tree and saw only one honeybee in the beehive.


Der Bär dachte: „Heute ist mein Glückstag. Ich werde viel Honig fressen. “

Es war dunkel und der Bär konnte nicht gut sehen. Der Bär ging in die Nähe des Baumes und sah nur eine Honigbiene im Bienenstock.



He thought, “If there is only one honeybee, I can steal the honey easily.”

He went near the hive and tried to touch it and the bee gave him a sharp sting. Mr. Bear howled in anger. He slapped the tree in anger. The entire swarm of bees come out and started to attack the bear. The poor bear had to dive into the pond to save himself.


Er dachte: „Wenn es nur eine Honigbiene gibt, kann ich den Honig leicht stehlen.”

Er ging in die Nähe des Bienenstocks und versuchte ihn zu berühren und die Biene gab ihm einen scharfen Stich. Herr Bär heulte vor Wut. Er schlug wütend auf den Baum. Der gesamte Bienenschwarm kam heraus und begann den Bären anzugreifen. Der arme Bär musste in den Teich tauchen, um sich zu retten.




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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

He also provides German Language courses for A1, A2 and B1 levels. Below are the details for the same:

Fees for A1, A2 and B1 levels are 120€,140€ and 160€ respectively.

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