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Die Maus und das Wiesel

German short stories – Learning German through English

Aesop’s Fables – Die Maus und das Wiesel


Once upon a time, there lived a greedy little mouse. The greedy little mouse loved to eat. He wanted to eat and eat until he was so full.

One day the mouse found a basket of corn. The strips that made the basket were very tight. The corn smelt so tasty that he wanted to eat it. He squeezed himself into the basket carefully. He managed to enter the basket.


Es war einmal eine gierige kleine Maus. Die gierige kleine Maus aß gern. Er wollte essen und essen, bis er satt war.

Eines Tages fand die Maus einen Korb mit Mais. Die Streifen, aus denen der Korb bestand, waren sehr eng. Der Mais roch so lecker, dass er ihn essen wollte. Er drückte sich vorsichtig in den Korb. Es gelang ihm, den Korb zu betreten.



Now what did the greedy little mouse do? The mouse ate. The mouse ate and ate and ate and ate. He ate until he was three times fatter. His stomach was about to burst. He burped loudly.


He thought, “Ok. I must now leave the basket.”


Was hat die gierige kleine Maus nun getan? Die Maus aß. Die Maus aß und aß und aß und aß. Er aß, bis er dreimal so dick war. Sein Magen wollte platzen. Er rülpste laut.


Er dachte: „Ok. Ich muss jetzt den Korb verlassen. “



He tried to squeeze himself outside the basket. But Mr. Mouse had eaten a lot. He was very fat and he could not leave the basket. He could only get his head out.

He was groaning when a weasel came by. The weasel realized what the mouse had done and laughed.


Er versuchte sich aus dem Korb zu quetschen. Aber Herr Maus hatte viel gegessen. Er war sehr fett und konnte den Korb nicht verlassen. Er konnte nur seinen Kopf herausziehen.

Er stöhnte, als ein Wiesel vorbeikam. Das Wiesel erkannte, was die Maus getan hatte und lachte.



The Weasel said, “Serves you right! You are a greedy little mouse. You could have eaten only a little and you could have escaped easily. Now you are fat and cannot escape. Stay stuck in the basket until you are thin enough to get out. Good bye.”

The greedy little mouse had learned a lesson.


Das Wiesel sagte: „Geschieht dir recht! Du bist eine gierige kleine Maus. Du hättest nur wenig essen können und du hättest leicht entkommen können. Jetzt bist du fett und kannst nicht entkommen. Bleib im Korb stecken, bis du dünn genug bist, um herauszukommen. Auf Wiedersehen.”

Die gierige kleine Maus hatte eine Lektion gelernt.




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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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