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Der Frosch und die Maus

German short stories – Learning German through English

Aesop’s Fables – Der Frosch und die Maus


A simple and young mouse was happily drinking water from a pond. A cunning frog was watching the mouse. He thought of a very evil plan.

The frog thought, “CROAK! CROAK! I have a very evil plan. How smart I am!”


Eine einfache und junge Maus trank glücklich Wasser aus einem Teich. Ein schlauer Frosch beobachtete die Maus. Er dachte an einen sehr bösen Plan.

Der Frosch dachte: „CROAK! KRÄCHZEN! Ich habe einen sehr bösen Plan. Wie schlau ich bin! “



The frog swam up to the mouse and spoke to him in a very sweet voice.

“CROAK! CROAK! How are you Mr. Mouse? Why are you outside in the sun on such a hot day when you can cool off in the pond?”


Der Frosch schwamm zur Maus und sprach mit sehr süßer Stimme zu ihm.

„KRÄCHZEN! KRÄCHZEN! Wie geht es Ihnen, Herr Maus? Warum sind Sie an einem so heißen Tag draußen in der Sonne, wenn Sie sich im Teich abkühlen können? “


The mouse replied, “SQUEAK! SQUEAK! But I do not know how to swim, Mr. Frog. I would surely drown.”

The cunning frog replied, “I know how to swim very well. Let me take you with me?”


Die Maus antwortete: „SQUEAK! SQUEAK! Aber ich kann nicht schwimmen, Herr Frosch. Ich würde sicherlich ertrinken. “

Der listige Frosch antwortete: „Ich kann sehr gut schwimmen. Lassen Sie mich Sie mitnehmen “



The mouse was very happy and agreed. The frog tied a string to the mouse’s leg and then to his leg and then swam around the pond. The mouse was very happy. Soon, he wanted to go out since he was tired. The evil frog had his own evil plan. He dived deep into the water. Deep, deep, deep he went and the mouse drowned.


Die Maus war sehr glücklich und stimmte zu. Der Frosch band eine Schnur an das Bein der Maus und dann an sein Bein und schwamm dann um den Teich herum. Die Maus war sehr glücklich. Bald wollte er ausgehen, da er müde war. Der böse Frosch hatte seinen eigenen bösen Plan. Er tauchte tief ins Wasser. Tief, tief, tief ging er und die Maus ertrank.



The frog thought, “Hahaha. What a foolish mouse. How smart I am to have fooled him”

When he came back to the land to untie the string, a hawk saw the dead mouse. He dived down and in one swoop, caught the mouse and flew away. The frog was tied to the mouse and was carried away.


Der Frosch dachte: „Hahaha. Was für eine dumme Maus. Wie schlau ich bin, ihn betrogen zu haben“

Als er zum Land zurückkam, um die Schnur zu lösen, sah ein Falke die tote Maus. Er tauchte ab und fing auf einen Schlag die Maus und flog davon. Der Frosch war an die Maus gebunden und wurde weggetragen.



The frog shouted, “Help! Help! Someone untie me.”

The hawk saw the frog and said, “Oh wonderful! Meat and Fish for dinner! What a dumb frog you are?”

Saying so, he flew back to his nest. The frog learnt its lesson but it was too late.


Der Frosch rief: „Hilfe! Hilfe! Jemand soll mich losbinden. “

Der Falke sah den Frosch und sagte: „Oh wunderbar! Fleisch und Fisch zum Abendessen! Was für ein dummer Frosch bist du? “

Als er das sagte, flog er zurück zu seinem Nest. Der Frosch hat seine Lektion gelernt, aber es war zu spät.




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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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