Portuguese short stories – Learning Portuguese through English
Aesop’s Fables – A águia e a gralha
There was once a Jackdaw who was very vain. He would always say that he was the greatest and most perfect bird.Translate
Era uma vez uma Jackdaw que era muito vaidosa. Ele sempre dizia que era o maior e mais perfeito pássaro.
One day he saw a mighty Eagle who swooped down and caught a lamb with its powerful talons. The eagle flew away with her powerful wings carrying the lamb.Translate
Um dia ele viu uma poderosa Águia que desceu e pegou um cordeiro com as suas garras poderosas. A águia voou com as suas asas poderosas carregando o cordeiro.
The Jackdaw was so foolish and vain, he thought, “ CAW!! CAW!! If an eagle can carry a lamb, I can also carry a lamb. I am certainly bigger and stronger than he is.”Translate
A Jackdaw era tão tola e vaidosa que pensou: “CAW !! CAW !! Se uma águia pode carregar um cordeiro, eu também posso carregar um cordeiro. Certamente sou maior e mais forte do que ele. ”
He flew as high as he could and thought, “CAW!! CAW!! This is how high the eagle flies. Now I must swoop down and catch the lamb.”Translate
Ele voou o mais alto que pôde e pensou: “CAW !! CAW !! É assim que a águia voa alto. Agora devo descer e pegar o cordeiro. ”
Then he thought, “CAW!! CAW!! No. A lamb shall not suffice. I shall hunt something bigger. I shall hunt a fully grown Ram.”Translate
Então ele pensou: “CAW !! CAW !! Não. Um cordeiro não é suficiente. Devo caçar algo maior. Devo caçar um Carneiro adulto. “
He swooped down spreading his wings and landed swiftly on top of a large Ram. He clawed into the wool of the Ram and flapped his wings.Translate
Ele desceu a abrir as asas e pousou rapidamente em cima de um grande Carneiro. Ele agarrou a lã do Carneiro e bateu as asas.
FLAP! FLAP! FLAP! FLAP! FLAP! FLAP!
But he could not fly. The Ram did not even notice that the Jackdaw was sitting on his back and continued to eat. The Jackdaw finally gave up and tried to fly off. However, its claws were entangled in the wool of the sheep and he could not fly off.Translate
Mas ele não podia voar. O Carneiro nem percebeu que a Jackdaw estava sentada nas costas e continuou a comer. A Jackdaw finalmente desistiu e tentou voar. No entanto, as suas garras estavam emaranhadas na lã da ovelha e ele não conseguia voar.
The shepherd and his children saw the Jackdaw. They asked the Jackdaw what had happened. The Jackdaw said, “CAW!! CAW!! CAW!! Behold, I am a powerful eagle and not a Jackdaw.”Translate
O pastor e os seus filhos viram a Jackdaw. Eles perguntaram à Jackdaw o que havia acontecido. A Jackdaw disse: “CAW !! CAW !! CAW !! Eis que sou uma águia poderosa e não uma Jackdaw. ”
The children laughed and said, “You are so vain. An Eagle is an eagle and a Jackdaw is a Jackdaw. Calling yourself an eagle shall not change who you are.”Translate
As crianças riram e disseram: “É tão vaidoso. Uma águia é uma águia e uma Jackdaw é uma Jackdaw. Chamar a si mesmo de águia não mudará quem você é. “
Moral: “Do not let your vanity make you overestimate your powers.”Translate
Moral: “Não deixe que a sua vaidade o faça super estimar os seus poderes”.
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These Portuguese 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.