Italian short stories – Learning Italian through English
Akbar and Birbal – Solo una domanda
Birbal was very famous for his wit and intelligence. He was well known in Akbar’s kingdom and also in faraway lands. One day a famous scholar visited Akbar’s court. He wanted to challenge Birbal’s intelligence.
He said, “My dear King. I have travelled all over the world. There is no one who is as intelligent as me. I wish to challenge Bribal.”Translate
Birbal era molto famoso per la sua arguzia e intelligenza. Era ben noto nel regno di Akbar e anche in terre lontane. Un giorno un famoso studioso visitò la corte di Akbar. Voleva sfidare l’intelligenza di Birbal.
Disse: “Mio caro re. Ho viaggiato in tutto il mondo. Non c’è nessuno intelligente come me. Desidero sfidare Bribal”.
Akbar was amused and said, “How would you like to challenge Birbal?”
The scholar said, “I will give him a choice. I shall ask him either 100 easy questions or one very difficult question.”Translate
Akbar era divertito e disse: “Come ti piacerebbe sfidare Birbal?”
Lo studioso disse: “Gli darò una scelta. Gli farò 100 domande facili o una domanda molto difficile”.
Akbar asked Birbal, “Do you accept this Scholar’s challenge? I shall award the victor 100 gold coins.”
Birbal said, “Yes my King. I will choose to answer the one difficult question.”Translate
Akbar chiese a Birbal: “Accetti la sfida di questo studioso? Darò al vincitore 100 monete d’oro”.
Birbal disse: “Sì mio re. Sceglierò di rispondere all’unica domanda difficile”.
The scholar said, “Which came first, the egg or the chicken?”
Birbal immediately said, “The chicken came first.”Translate
Lo studioso ha detto: “Chi è venuto prima, l’uovo o la gallina?”
Birbal disse immediatamente: “Il pollo è venuto prima”.
The scholar laughed and mocked Birbal, “How can you say so surely. No one can be sure of the answer as the question is impossible to answer.”
Birbal replied, “I promised to answer one difficult question and I have answered. You are now asking me a second question and therefore I will not reply.”Translate
Lo studioso rise e schernì Birbal: “Come puoi dire questo con certezza? Nessuno può essere sicuro della risposta perché è impossibile rispondere alla domanda”.
Birbal rispose: “Ho promesso di rispondere a una domanda difficile e ho risposto. Adesso mi fai una seconda domanda e quindi non rispondo”.
The King laughed and said, “That is correct Birbal. You have answered the scholar and he is breaking his challenge by asking you a second question. You are the smartest man in all the kingdoms.”
The king awarded Birbal 100 gold coins and the scholar left the kingdom sadly.Translate
Il re rise e disse: “Questo è corretto Birbal. Hai risposto allo studioso e lui sta rompendo la sua sfida facendoti una seconda domanda. Sei l’uomo più intelligente di tutti i regni.”
Il re assegnò a Birbal 100 monete d’oro e lo studioso lasciò tristemente il regno.
Moral: Presence of mind helps solve even the most difficult of problems.Translate
Morale: la presenza di spirito aiuta a risolvere anche i problemi più difficili.
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