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Der Wolf und sein Schatten

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Aesop’s Fables – Der Wolf und sein Schatten


Once upon a time, there lived a Wolf in the forest. The wolf was very arrogant. He always thought that he was the largest and the strongest animal in the world. He never respected any animal. He did not even respect the Lion and believed that he would be a stronger and greater king.


Es war einmal ein Wolf im Wald. Der Wolf war sehr arrogant. Er dachte immer, er sei das größte und stärkste Tier der Welt. Er hat nie ein Tier respektiert. Er respektierte den Löwen nicht einmal und glaubte, dass er ein stärkerer und größerer König sein würde.


He once had a heavy meal and came out to the sunset. In the sunset, the shadow is very long. He saw that the shadow cast by the sun was very long. It made him look a hundred times bigger than he actually was.


Er hatte einmal eine schwere Mahlzeit und kam zum Sonnenuntergang heraus. Im Sonnenuntergang ist der Schatten sehr lang. Er sah, dass der Schatten der Sonne sehr lang war. Es ließ ihn hundertmal größer aussehen als er tatsächlich war.



 “Oh how huge and powerful I am. I am so much bigger than the lion. I must go and challenge him to a fight.”


„Oh, wie groß und mächtig ich bin. Ich bin so viel größer als der Löwe. Ich muss ihn zu einem Kampf herausfordern.“



Saying so, he ran to the lion. The lion was fast asleep and had no visible shadow. The wolf thought that he was very large compared to the lion. The wolf howled and woke up the lion and challenged him to a fight.


Als er das sagte, rannte er zu dem Löwen. Der Löwe schlief tief und fest und hatte keinen sichtbaren Schatten. Der Wolf dachte, dass er im Vergleich zum Löwen sehr groß war. Der Wolf heulte und weckte den Löwen und forderte ihn zu einem Kampf auf.



The lion stood up in anger and the wolf saw that the lion’s shadow was so many times bigger than his. He had to run away from the forest to save his own life.


Der Löwe stand wütend auf und der Wolf sah, dass der Schatten des Löwen so viel größer war als seiner. Er musste vom Wald weglaufen, um sein eigenes Leben zu retten.




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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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