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El Roble y las Cañas

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Aesop’s  Fables – El Roble y las Cañas


Once upon a time, there was a mighty Oak tree.  The Oak tree was very proud of its great strength. Beside the tree grew some slender and week reeds. The reeds would bend and be pushed to the ground even if there was a slight wind.

If the wind was strong, the Oak tree would laugh and stand strong with its hundred mighty arms without bending or bowing. The reeds would all bend and twist to the wind making a mournful sound.


Érase una vez un poderoso árbol de Roble. El Roble estaba muy orgulloso de su gran fuerza. Junto al árbol crecían unas Cañas finas y débiles. Las Cañas se doblaban y tocaban al suelo incluso si había un viento leve.

Si el viento era fuerte, el Roble se reía y se mantenía fuerte con sus cien poderosos brazos sin doblarse ni inclinarse. Todas las Cañas se doblaban y se retorcían con el viento produciendo un sonido triste.


One day the Oak tree said to the Reeds, “Oh look at how weak you all are. You bend and bow to the slightest of winds. And look at me, so proud and strong. You must feel very bad, indeed.”

 “Oh Great Oak tree. Don’t worry about yourself. The wind can never harm us. We only bend in front of the wind so that we do not break. You, with all your strength and pride have so far survived the wind. But one day a wind will come so strong it shall push you to the ground”


Un día, el Roble le dijo a las Cañas: “Miren lo débil que son todas ustedes. Se doblan e inclinan ante el menor de los vientos. Y mírenme a mí, tan orgulloso y fuerte. Ciertamente deben sentirse muy mal.”.

“Oh! Gran árbol de Roble. No se preocupe usted. El viento nunca podrá dañarnos. Solo nos doblamos ante el viento para no rompernos. Usted, con todas tus fuerzas y orgullo, ha sobrevivido hasta ahora al viento. Pero un día vendrá un viento tan fuerte que lo tumbará al suelo.”


One day a hurricane came. It was ferocious and battered against the mighty Oak tree. The reeds lay flat in the ground, too weak to fight the wind.

The Oak tree stood strongly and proudly but the wind increased in fury. Soon, the Oak tree could hold no more, its roots tore and it crashed to the ground.


Un día llegó un huracán. Era feroz y golpeó al poderoso Roble. Las Cañas yacían planas en el suelo, demasiado débiles para luchar contra el viento.

El Roble se erguía fuerte y orgulloso, pero el viento aumentó con furia. Pronto, el Roble no podría aguantar más, sus raíces se desgarraron y se estrelló contra el suelo.


The reeds said, “If only you had listened and bent to the wind, you would not have crashed to the ground.”


Las cañas dijeron: “Si tan solo hubiera escuchado y se hubiera inclinado ante el viento, no se habría estrellado contra el suelo.”.


Moral:  Better to yield when it is folly to resist, than to resist stubbornly and be destroyed.


Moraleja: Es mejor ceder cuando es un disparate resistir, que resistir obstinadamente y ser destruido.


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These Spanish 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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