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Der Hase und die Schildkröte

German short stories – Learning German through English

Aesop’s Fables – Der Hase und die Schildkröte


A hare was making fun of a tortoise for being very slow.

The hare said, “Haha, Mr. Tortoise. Look how slow you are and look at how fast I am. You must be so ashamed. Haha.”


Ein Hase machte sich über eine Schildkröte lustig, weil sie sehr langsam war.

Der Hase sagte: „Haha, Herr Schildkröte. Schau wie langsam du bist und schau wie schnell ich bin. Du musst dich so schämen. Haha. “

The tortoise ignored the Hare and was walking slowly.

The rabbit continued, “Do you even get anywhere when you walk so slowly? Ha Ha.”


Die Schildkröte ignorierte den Hasen und ging langsam.

Der Hase fuhr fort: „Kommst du überhaupt irgendwohin, wenn du so langsam gehst? Haha. “



The tortoise looked at the hare angrily and said, “Yes. I can get there faster than you can. I will race you and let us see who the winner is.”

The Hare laughed loudly. “Are you challenging me to a race? You are going to lose so badly! Fine. Let Mr. Fox judge the race and let’s begin.”


Die Schildkröte sah den Hasen wütend an und sagte: „Ja. Ich kann schneller dorthin gelangen als Sie. Ich werde gegen dich antreten und uns sehen lassen, wer der Gewinner ist. “

Der Hase lachte laut. „Forderst du mich zu einem Rennen heraus? Du wirst so schwer verlieren! Fein. Lass Herr Fuchs das Rennen beurteilen und los geht’s. “



The rules were simple. The two had to run across the fields and the meadows until the old oak tree and then back.


Die Regeln waren einfach. Die beiden mussten über die Felder und Wiesen bis zur alten Eiche und dann zurück rennen.



The Hare ran at his full speed and soon was so far ahead that he could not see the tortoise. He was so arrogant that he thought, “Let me sleep for some time just to prove how ridiculous it was for the tortoise to challenge me”.


Der Hase rannte mit voller Geschwindigkeit und war bald so weit voraus, dass er die Schildkröte nicht sehen konnte. Er war so arrogant, dass er dachte: „Lass mich einige Zeit schlafen, um zu beweisen, wie lächerlich es für die Schildkröte war, mich herauszufordern.“



He lied down in the grass and slept. The Tortoise meanwhile slowly walked and crossed the place where the Hare was fast asleep. When the Hare woke up, it was already too late. The Tortoise was already at the finish line.


Er legte sich ins Gras und schlief. Die Schildkröte ging unterdessen langsam und überquerte die Stelle, an der der Hase fest schlief. Als der Hase aufwachte, war es schon zu spät. Die Schildkröte war bereits im Ziel.



The Hare ran as swiftly as he could but the tortoise had already won the race.


Der Hase rannte so schnell er konnte, aber die Schildkröte hatte das Rennen bereits gewonnen.




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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. 


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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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