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About the story
What’s with this “Wren” thing?
   The oldest extant version of the fable we are presenting here appeared in 1913 in the first volume of a two-volume anthology of Low Saxon folktales (Plattdeutsche Volksmärchen “Low German Folktales”) collected by Wilhelm Wisser (1843–1935). Read more ...

Tok Pisin

(English-based creole of Papua-New Guinea)

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Translation and Narration: Reinhard F. Hahn

Location: Seattle & San Francisco (USA)

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Stori long Liklik Pisin

Mi laik tok stori long wanpela liklik pisinol i kolim em Ren. Em i gat liklik haus insait long haus ka. Orait, wande Ren wantaim meri bilong en tupela i plaiawe. Ol i bin laik go painim kaikai long pikinini bilong en, na kalopa pikinini nau olsem em i nogat papamama.

Orait, no longtaim bihain Papa Ren i kam bek.

Wanem samting, dispela?” em i askim kwesten long pikinini, “Husat i bin rongim yupela, pikinini? Yupela i pret tumas!”

Oleman, Papa!” ol i ansaim, “Sotpela taim bipo bikpela samting, ating samkain masalai, em i bin kam klostu long haus. Em i no naispela, i gat welpela pes, na bikpela ai i bin lukluk stret insait long haus. Orait, mipela nau olgeta i pret tumas!”

Olsem a?!” Papa Ren i tok, “Ya, em nau i stap we?”

Orait,” ol i tok, “em i bin go long hap.”

Yupela wet!” Papa Ren i tok, “Bai mi bihainim em. Yupela no ken wari nau, pikinini! Orait, orait, bai mi kisim em tru.” Nau Ren i bihainim em.

Stret long taim em i bin abrusim kona, em i lukim traipela laion i wokabaut long hap.

Ren i no pret tasol. Em i plai antap na sindaun long bek bilong laion, na em i kirapim krosim em. “E, wasmara yu kam long haus bilong mi na mekim pret liklik pikinini?”

Laion i no lukim o harim em tasol, na em wokabaut, wokabaut ...

Orait, nau dispela liklik bikmaus i kamap kros mo mo yet na i singautim, “Mi tokim yu, yu nogat bisnis long hap! Sapos yu kam bek,” em i tok, “orait, bai yu kisim taim. Yes, bai mi soim yu! Maski mi tru no laik mekim dispela,” em i tok nau na i litimapim wan lek bilong en, “tasol bai mi long em lek hia brukim bek bilong yu! Em i nogat sampela samting.”

Tok pinis, orait, em i plai bek long haus.

Em ya, pikinini!” em i tok, “Mi bin lainim em pinis. Em no kam bek hia oltaim.”

Em tasol.

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