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Der kranke Hirsch

German short stories – Learning German through English

Aesop’s Fables – Der kranke Hirsch


Once upon a time, there was a stag called Mr. Stag. Mr. Stag was sick and had fever. He was tired and wanted to rest. He wanted to have a long sleep.


Es war einmal ein Hirsch mit dem Namen Herr Hirsch. Herr Hirsch war krank und hatte Fieber. Er war müde und wollte sich ausruhen. Er wollte lange schlafen.



Mr. Stag gathered some fruits and vegetables and some sweet grass. He found a nice spot to rest under a tree. Mr. Stag wanted to eat and go to sleep.


Herr Hirsch sammelte etwas Obst und Gemüse und etwas süßes Gras. Er fand einen schönen Platz, um sich unter einem Baum auszuruhen. Herr Hirsch wollte essen und schlafen gehen.



A bird saw Mr. Stag and came to say hello.

The Bird said, “Hello, Mr. Stag. You look unwell.”


Ein Vogel sah Herrn Hirsch und kam, um Hallo zu sagen.

Der Vogel sagte: „Hallo, Herr Hirsch. Sie sehen unwohl aus. “



Mr. Stag said, “Yes. I am unwell and wish to have some sleep. Thank you for asking.”


Herr Hirsch sagte: „Ja. Mir geht es nicht gut und ich möchte etwas schlafen. Danke für die Nachfrage.”



The Bird said, “Oh ok. Please take rest.”

The bird saw the food and took a fruit and left.


Der Vogel sagte: „Oh ok. Bitte ruhen Sie sich aus. “

Der Vogel sah das Essen und nahm eine Frucht und ging.


More and more birds and animals heard that Mr. Stag was sick and came to check. Every one took one fruit or one vegetable or some grass when they left.

Finally Mr. Stag was sick and hungry and could not have a good sleep.


Immer mehr Vögel und Tiere hörten, dass Herr Hirsch krank war und kamen, um nachzusehen. Jeder nahm ein Obst oder ein Gemüse oder etwas Gras, als sie gingen.

Schließlich war Herr Hirsch krank und hungrig und konnte nicht gut schlafen.


Mr. Stag said, “Most friends act as if they care. Only true friends show their friendship in their actions.”


Herr Stag sagte: „Die meisten Freunde tun so, als ob sie sich darum kümmern. Nur wahre Freunde zeigen ihre Freundschaft in ihren Handlungen. “




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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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