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Der Löwe, der Esel und der Fuchs

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Aesop’s Fables – Der Löwe, der Esel und der Fuchs


Once upon a time, there was a Lion who was very strong. He could hunt well but of course as we know, a lion never hunts alone. Two or three lions could even kill an elephant.


Es war einmal ein Löwe, der sehr stark war. Er konnte gut jagen, aber natürlich wie wir wissen, jagt ein Löwe nie allein. Zwei oder drei Löwen könnten sogar einen Elefanten töten.



Seeing that the Lion was alone, two animals thought that they should become friends with him. They were an Ass and a fox. The fox was very smart and did not want to become an enemy to the Lion. The Ass was very friendly and thought all three were equals.


Als zwei Tiere sahen, dass der Löwe allein war, dachten sie, dass sie sich mit ihm anfreunden sollten.  Es waren ein Esel und ein Fuchs. Der Fuchs war sehr klug und wollte nicht zum Feind des Löwen werden. Der Esel war sehr freundlich und dachte, alle drei wären gleich.



They thought, “If we were to become friends with the Lion, we could hunt huge animals. We could eat elephants and camels. We could eat deer and antelopes. We are going to never be hungry again.”

The Lion agreed to go hunting with the two of them and said, “Let us share equally whatever we hunt equally amongst the three of us.”


Sie dachten: „Wenn wir uns mit dem Löwen anfreunden würden, könnten wir riesige Tiere jagen. Wir konnten Elefanten und Kamele essen. Wir könnten Hirsche und Antilopen essen. Wir werden nie wieder hungrig sein. “

Der Löwe stimmt zu, mit den beiden auf die Jagd zu gehen und sagte: „Was immer wir jagen, wollen wir zu gleichen Teilen unter uns dreien teilen.“



They managed to find a large amount of food. The Lion said, “Ass, you divide the food amongst the three of us.”

The Ass carefully split the food into three equal portions. The Fox was happy but the Lion became very angry. He struck the Ass with his huge paw and killed the Ass.


Sie schafften es, eine große Menge an Nahrung zu finden. Der Löwe sagte: “Esel, teile das Essen unter uns dreien auf.”

Der Esel teilte das Essen sorgfältig in drei gleiche Portionen auf. Der Fuchs war glücklich, aber der Löwe wurde sehr wütend. Er schlug den Esel mit seiner riesigen Pranke und tötete den Esel.



The Lion again said, “Fox, you divide the food equally amongst the two of us.”

The fox piled all the food into one huge heap. He took the horns, the ears, the hoofs and other undesirable bits which the lion would not eat. Everything else he added into the Lion’s share.


Der Löwe sagte wieder: “Fuchs, teile das Essen gleichmäßig unter uns beiden auf.”

Der Fuchs stapelte das ganze Essen auf einen riesigen Haufen. Er nahm die Hörner, die Ohren, die Hufe und andere unerwünschte Teile, die der Löwe nicht essen würde. Alles andere fügte er dem Anteil des Löwen hinzu.



The Lion immediately became very happy and said, “I am very happy. You have fairly divided the food amongst the two of us.”

The Fox said, “I learn from experience of others.”

Saying so, the fox ran away with his share of the food. He would never trust the Lion again.


Der Löwe wurde sofort sehr glücklich und sagte: „Ich bin sehr glücklich. Du hast das Essen gerecht unter uns beiden aufgeteilt. “

Der Fuchs sagte: “Ich lerne aus den Erfahrungen der anderen.”

Als er das sagte, rannte der Fuchs mit seinem Anteil am Essen davon. Er würde dem Löwen nie wieder vertrauen.




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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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