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Der Bauer und der Storch

German short stories – Learning German through English

Aesop’s Fables – Der Bauer und der Storch


Once upon a time, there lived a simple and kind stork. He was very friendly and made friends with some cranes. The cranes were very naughty by nature.

The cranes invited him over to visit a field which had been newly planted by the farmer. They were so excited that they landed on the nets which the farmer had laid to trap the birds.


Es war einmal ein einfacher und freundlicher Storch. Er war sehr freundlich und freundete sich mit einigen Kränen an. Die Kräne waren von Natur aus sehr frech.

Die Kräne luden ihn ein, ein Feld zu besuchen, das der Bauer neu gepflanzt hatte. Sie waren so aufgeregt, dass sie auf den Netzen landeten, die der Bauer gelegt hatte, um die Vögel zu fangen.


The farmer came and was surprised to see a stork among the cranes. The stork was very sad and asked the farmer to forgive him.

“Dear Mr. Farmer, I am a stork and you know that I am a good bird. Please forgive me.”


Der Bauer kam und war überrascht, einen Storch zwischen den Kränen zu sehen. Der Storch war sehr traurig und bat den Bauern, ihm zu vergeben.

„Sehr geehrter Herr Bauer, ich bin ein Storch und Sie wissen, dass ich ein guter Vogel bin. Bitte verzeihen Sie mir.”



The farmer looked at the bird and said, “You may be a very good bird and a kind one too. But you were roaming around with these cranes and they are thieves. You will hence share the same punishment as them.”


Der Bauer sah den Vogel an und sagte: „Sie können ein sehr guter und auch ein freundlicher Vogel sein. Aber Sie waren mit diesen Kränen unterwegs und sie sind Diebe. Sie werden daher die gleiche Strafe wie sie teilen.“




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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:

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