Italian short stories – Learning Italian through English
Akbar and Birbal – I corvi nel regno
Once upon a time, King Akbar was walking around the palace garden with Birbal. Birbal was famous for being very clever and Akbar always kept testing him.
King Akbar saw a crow and thought, “Let me test the wit of Birbal. I will give him a question which is impossible to solve.”Translate
C’era una volta il re Akbar che passeggiava nel giardino del palazzo con Birbal. Birbal era famoso per essere molto intelligente e Akbar continuava a metterlo alla prova.
Il re Akbar vide un corvo e pensò: “Fammi mettere alla prova l’ingegno di Birbal. Gli porrò una domanda che è impossibile da risolvere”.
King Akbar said to Birbal, “Dear Birbal, how many crows are there in our kingdom?”
Birbal thought for a moment and then said, “My king, there are eighty thousand nine hundred and ninety three crows in the kingdom.”Translate
Il re Akbar disse a Birbal: “Caro Birbal, quanti corvi ci sono nel nostro regno?”
Birbal rifletté un momento e poi disse: “Mio re, ci sono ottantamilanovecentonovantatre corvi nel regno”.
King Akbar was surprised and amazed to hear the answer. He wanted to know how Birbal was giving him such a number without counting.Translate
Re Akbar fu sorpreso e stupito di sentire la risposta. Voleva sapere come faceva Birbal a dargli un numero del genere senza contare.
King Akbar said, “How can you say so surely? What if there are more crows than that?”
Birbal said, “Then there are crows from other cities which have come here to visit their relatives and friends.”Translate
Il re Akbar disse: “Come puoi dire così con certezza? E se ci fossero più corvi di così?”
Birbal disse: “Allora ci sono corvi di altre città che sono venuti qui per visitare i loro parenti e amici”.
King Akbar laughed and asked, “Fine. What if there are lesser crows than that?”
Birbal said, “Then crows from our Kingdom have gone to other cities to visit their relatives and friends.”Translate
Il re Akbar rise e chiese: “Bene. E se ci fossero corvi meno numerosi?”
Birbal disse: “Allora i corvi del nostro Regno sono andati in altre città per visitare i loro parenti e amici”.
Akbar was very happy with the response and gave him 100 gold coins for his wit and intellect.Translate
Akbar fu molto contento della risposta e gli diede 100 monete d’oro per la sua arguzia e intelletto.
Moral: There is always a solution if one thinks creatively.Translate
Morale: c’è sempre una soluzione se si pensa in modo creativo.
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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 Italian confidently using English as a base 🙂 These Italian short stories are super cool to read for beginners and also for entertaining children. Akbar and Birbal tales are among the best stories that can be studied on a daily basis.