The Hare and the tortoise
Mantilen gobeyen

One day a hare said he can run very fast.
Hadeh malati, mantileay betaami keltifay keguoyee yikheel ila

He laughed at the tortoise,
Nesa nti gobeyeh sehekhato

Because the tortoise was very slow
Mekheneyatu gobeya betami cus elu neru

The tortoise stretched out his long neck
Eti gobeyeh neti nowih kesadu nkedmeet amtsiuwoh

He asked the hare for a race,
Nesu neta mantilay nqadadem iluwa

the hare laughed
iti mantilay sehekha

Are you joking! said the hare.
Ita mantileh, Tetsawet alaha do ilato

“No” said the tortoise
gobeyeh no ilu

“we shall race! said the hare.
eta mantilay Kenekehdadem ena ila

The other animals met
etom kalot ensesa terahibom

to watch the race
neti kededem kereiyu

The race begun,
Eti kededem te jemiru

and the hare was faster,
eta mantilay zekeltefet nera

the tortoise was far behind.
Eti gobeya deherit nehru

At halfway through the race,
Firki mes gwoyayo

The hare thought that he had lot of time left
Eti mantilay bezuh geziya zelowa meselowa

Oh my, thought the hare,
mantilay Oway ilu

I have lots of time to play in the grass.
ab saari ketsawet, Buzuh geziya aleni

And so he did.
Kemzu belo geru

After the hare finished playing,
Tsawtaa mes wedeet ita mantilay

he decided to sleep.
Kedecus weseenu

I have lots of time
Bezuh geziyeh aleni

And I will beat the tortoise,
Neti gobeyah kesuero iyeh

And he slept.
Dahar dekisu

The tortoise, in the meantime,
Nguziyu, neti gobeyah

walked slowly.
Keseela kekhayd iye

He didnt stop,
Toto iybelen

The hare woke from his nap.
Eti mantilay kab dekusu teseeyu

Time to go, he said.
Kekhayd aleni ilu

The hare ran very fast
Eti mantilay keltifa gwoya

But when he got to the finish
Gn ab mecherisha mesbetzehet

The tortise was there
Eti gobeya abu tsenihuwa





































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