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Der Junge und die Haselnüsse

German short stories – Learning German through English

Aesop’s Fables – Der Junge und die Haselnüsse


There was once a boy who was very greedy. His mother wanted to teach him a lesson. His mother filled up a jar with Hazelnuts.


Es war einmal ein Junge, der sehr gierig war. Seine Mutter wollte ihm eine Lektion erteilen. Seine Mutter füllte ein Glas mit Haselnüssen.



She said to her son, “Child. Do you like Hazelnuts?”

“Yes Mummy! Can I have some?”

“Of course dear. You can have all that you want. But on one condition, you should take only one fistful.”


Sie sagte zu ihrem Sohn: „Kind. Magst du Haselnüsse? “

„Ja Mama! Kann ich einige haben?”

„Natürlich, Schatz. Du kannst alles haben, was du willst. Aber unter einer Bedingung: Du solltest nur eine Handvoll nehmen. “



The boy put his hand in, and tried to take out an entire fistful of nuts. But much as he wanted, he could not take his hand out. He stood there without dropping a single nut but still could not take his hand out. Soon his hand began to hurt and he started to cry.


Der Junge legte seine Hand hinein und versuchte, eine ganze Handvoll Nüsse herauszunehmen. Aber so sehr er wollte, konnte er seine Hand nicht herausnehmen. Er stand da, ohne eine einzige Nuss fallen zu lassen, konnte aber seine Hand immer noch nicht herausnehmen. Bald begann seine Hand zu schmerzen und er fing an zu weinen.



The other told him, “My child, you should be satisfied with half the nuts in your hand. Then only can you take out your hand. If you try to take more than you can hold, you will easily get your hand out.”


Der andere sagte zu ihm: „Mein Kind, du solltest mit der Hälfte der Nüsse in deiner Hand zufrieden sein. Nur dann kannst du deinee Hand herausnehmen. Wenn du versuchst, mehr zu nehmen, als du halten kannst, wirst du leicht deine Hand herausholen. “




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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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