Spanish short stories – Learning Spanish through English
Akbar and Birbal – Los Cuervos en el Reino
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.Translate
Érase una vez el rey Akbar que paseaba por el jardín del palacio con Birbal. Birbal era famoso por ser muy astuto y Akbar siempre lo ponía a prueba.
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
El rey Akbar vio un cuervo y pensó: “Voy probar la astucia de Birbal. Le haré una pregunta imposible de responder.”.
King Akbar said to Birbal, “Dear Birbal, how many crows are there in our kingdom?”Translate
El rey Akbar le dijo a Birbal: “Querido Birbal, ¿cuántos cuervos hay en nuestro reino?”.
Birbal thought for a moment and then said, “My king, there are eighty thousand nine hundred and ninety three crows in the kingdom.”Translate
Birbal pensó por un momento y luego dijo: “Mi Rey, hay ochenta mil novecientos noventa y tres cuervos en el reino.”.
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
El rey Akbar se sorprendió y asombró al escuchar la respuesta. Quería saber cómo Birbal le estaba dando tal número sin contar.
King Akbar said, “How can you say so surely? What if there are more crows than that?”Translate
El rey Akbar dijo: “¿Cómo puede decir eso con certeza? ¿Qué pasa si hay más cuervos?”.
Birbal said, “Then there are crows from other cities which have come here to visit their relatives and friends.”Translate
Birbal dijo: “Entonces son cuervos de otras ciudades que han venido aquí para visitar a sus familiares y amigos.”.
King Akbar laughed and asked, “Fine. What if there are lesser crows than that?”Translate
El rey Akbar rio y preguntó: “Bien. ¿Qué pasa si hay menos cuervos?”.
Birbal said, “Then crows from our Kingdom have gone to other cities to visit their relatives and friends.”Translate
Birbal dijo: “Entonces los cuervos de nuestro Reino se han ido a otras ciudades para visitar a sus familiares y amigos.”.
Akbar was very happy with the response and gave him 100 gold coins for his wit and intellect.Translate
Akbar estaba muy contento con la respuesta y le dio 100 monedas de oro por su astucia e intelecto.
Moral: There is always a solution if one thinks creatively.Translate
Moraleja: Siempre hay una solución si uno piensa creativamente.
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These Spanish short stories are super cool to read for beginners and also for entertaining children. Akbar and Birbal are among the most famous Indian stories for children that can be studied on a daily basis.