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Der Fuchs und die Fasane

German short stories – Learning German through English

Aesop’s Fables – Der Fuchs und die Fasane


Once upon a time, there was a Fox who lived in the forest. The fox was very hungry and was looking for something to eat. He saw four plump pheasants sitting on top of a tree.

The Fox decided, “I must eat these pheasants. They look so tasty.”

The Fox was a very smart fox. He stood in the moonlight. He stood up on his two legs and began to howl.



Es war einmal ein Fuchs, der im Wald lebte. Der Fuchs war sehr hungrig und suchte etwas zu fressen. Er sah vier pralle Fasane auf einem Baum sitzen.

Der Fuchs entschied: „Ich muss diese Fasane fressen. Sie sehen so lecker aus. “

Der Fuchs war ein sehr kluger Fuchs. Er stand im Mondlicht. Er stand auf seinen beiden Beinen auf und fing an zu heulen.


He began to dance slowly by shaking his tail and his body.

He went round and round.

He hopped up and he hopped down.


Er begann langsam zu tanzen, indem er seinen Schwanz und seinen Körper schüttelte.

Er ging herum und herum.

Er sprang auf und er sprang ab.



He moved left and he moved right.

He was slow and then he was fast.



Er bewegte sich nach links und er bewegte sich nach rechts.

Er war langsam und dann war er schnell.




The fox saw that when he moved left, all four pheasants turned left to see him.

The fox saw that when he moved right, all four pheasants turned right to see him.


Der Fuchs sah, dass sich alle vier Fasane nach links drehten, um ihn zu sehen, als er nach links ging.

Der Fuchs sah, dass sich alle vier Fasane nach rechts drehten, um ihn zu sehen, als er sich nach rechts bewegte.



The Fox thought, “I know how to trick these pheasants.”

The pheasants were staring at the Fox in wonder.

The fox jumped up a rock, fell down and did not move. He then jumped up and ran again in circles.


Der Fuchs dachte: „Ich weiß, wie man diese Fasane austrickst.”

Die Fasane starrten den Fuchs verwundert an.

Der Fuchs sprang auf einen Felsen, fiel hin und bewegte sich nicht. Dann sprang er auf und rannte wieder im Kreis.



The fox quickly ran around the tree very quickly. The birds did not want to miss the scene. They turned quickly to look at what he was doing.

The birds slipped and fell down to the Fox.


Der Fuchs rannte sehr schnell um den Baum herum. Die Vögel wollten die Szene nicht verpassen. Sie drehten sich schnell um und sah sich an, was er tat.

Die Vögel rutschten aus und fielen auf den Fuchs.




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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. 

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