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Der Bauer und die Schlange

German short stories – Learning German through English

Aesop’s Fables – Der Bauer und die Schlange


Once upon a time, there was a kind farmer who lived in a village. He was nice to everyone and every animal. He was nice even to his enemies. He was nice to people even when they hurt him.

One cold winter day, the farmer was walking through the village. He saw a Viper lying on the ground. The Viper was motionless. It was stiff with the cold.


Es war einmal ein freundlicher Bauer, der in einem Dorf lebte. Er war nett zu allen und jedem Tier. Er war sogar nett zu seinen Feinden. Er war nett zu Menschen, auch wenn sie ihn zu Leid taten.

An einem kalten Wintertag ging der Bauer durch das Dorf. Er sah eine Viper am Boden liegen. Die Viper war bewegungslos. Es war steif vor Kälte.


The farmer knew how deadly the snake was. But he was very kind. He decided that he would nurture the snake back to health. He took the snake to his home. The snake revived and bit the farmer. The farmer was in so much pain that he thought that he would die.


Der Bauer wusste, wie tödlich die Schlange war. Aber er war sehr nett. Er beschloss, die Schlange wieder gesund zu machen. Er brachte die Schlange zu sich nach Hause. Die Schlange belebte sich und biss den Bauern. Der Bauer hatte so große Schmerzen, dass er dachte, er würde sterben.



The man thought, “I have learned my lesson. The snake is a snake and its nature can never change. I should not take pity on a scoundrel.”


Der Mann dachte: „Ich habe meine Lektion gelernt. Die Schlange ist eine Schlange und ihre Natur kann sich nie ändern. Ich sollte kein Mitleid mit einem Schurken haben. “




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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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