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Abangani abakhulu ababili Tom the banana seller Tom le vendeur de bananes

Written by Namugosa, Nabune

Illustrated by Wiehan de Jager, Jemma Kahn

Translated by Thembekile Elina

Language isiNdebele

Level Level 2

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Ubaba uSaucepan nobaba uPot bebabangani abakhulu begodu bebahlala bathabile iminyaka eminengi.

Tom carries a tray of ripe bananas.

Tom transporte un plateau de bananes mûres.


Ngelinye ilanga ubaba uSaucepan watjela ubaba uPot bonyana bakhambe bayokukweriyela umnganabo omunye ubaba uPlate.

Tom goes to the market to sell bananas.

Tom va au marché pour vendre des bananes.


Ubaba uPot wathi yena ngeze akwazi ukukhamba ngombana ubuthakathaka khulu wangakhamba uzokuhlongakala.

People at the market are buying fruit.

Les gens au marché achètent des fruits.


Ubaba uSaucepan wamrabhela ubaba uPot waze wavuma bona bakhambe.

But no one is buying Tom’s bananas. They prefer to buy fruit from women.

Mais personne n’achète les bananes de Tom. Ils préfèrent acheter leurs fruits des femmes.


Nabasakhamba njalo ubaba uSaucepan wakhutjhwa wawela kubaba uPot. Ubaba uPot waphuka amahlandla amanengi.

“In our community, only women sell fruit,” people say. “What kind of a man is this?” people ask.

« Dans notre communauté, seulement les femmes vendent des fruits, » disent les gens. « Quelle sorte d’homme est celui-ci ? » demandent les gens.


Written by: Namugosa, Nabune
Illustrated by: Wiehan de Jager, Jemma Kahn
Translated by: Thembekile Elina
Language: isiNdebele
Level: Level 2
Source: Tom the banana seller from African Storybook
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