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Paluwas sa malaking lungsod The day I left home for the city Le jour que je quitta la maison pour la ville

Written by Lesley Koyi, Ursula Nafula

Illustrated by Brian Wambi

Translated by Arlene Avila

Read by La Trinidad Mina

Language Tagalog

Level Level 3

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Siksikan ang tao at punung-puno ang mga bus sa terminal. Sa labas ng bus, mas madami pang hindi naikakargang mga gamit. Sinisigaw ng mga konduktor kung saan sila papunta.

The small bus stop in my village was busy with people and overloaded buses. On the ground were even more things to load. Touts were shouting the names where their buses were going.

Le petit arrêt d’autobus dans mon village était occupé par des tas de gens et des autobus surchargés. Sur le sol il y avait encore plus de choses à charger. Les revendeurs de billets criaient les noms des endroits où leurs autobus allaient.

“Lungsod! Lungsod kayo riyan! Mga pa-kanluran, dito na!” sigaw ng isa. Doon ako dapat sumakay.

“City! City! Going west!” I heard a tout shouting. That was the bus I needed to catch.

J’entendis un revendeur de billets crier: « Ville ! Ville ! Direction ouest ! ». C’était l’autobus que je devais prendre.

Halos puno na ang bus pero marami pa rin gustong sumakay. Nilagay ng iba ang bagahe sa ilalim ng bus. Ipinatong naman nung iba ang mga gamit nila sa mga lalagyan sa loob.

The city bus was almost full, but more people were still pushing to get on. Some packed their luggage under the bus. Others put theirs on the racks inside.

L’autobus de ville était presque plein, mais plus de personnes poussaient encore pour embarquer. Quelques-unes chargèrent leurs valises sous l’autobus. D’autres mirent les leurs sur les étagères à l’intérieur.

Hawak ng mga bagong pasahero ang tiket nila habang naghahanap ng upuan. Hinahanda ng mga nanay ang kanilang mga anak para sa mahabang biyahe.

New passengers clutched their tickets as they looked for somewhere to sit in the crowded bus. Women with young children made them comfortable for the long journey.

Des nouveaux passagers agrippaient leurs billets tandis qu’ils cherchaient un endroit pour s’asseoir dans l’autobus. Des femmes avec de jeunes enfants les installaient confortablement pour le long voyage.

Sumiksik ako malapit sa isang bintana. Mukhang kinakabahan ang katabi ko. Hawak niyang mahigpit ang berdeng plastic bag. Luma na ang kanyang damit at tsinelas.

I squeezed in next to a window. The person sitting next to me was holding tightly to a green plastic bag. He wore old sandals, a worn out coat, and he looked nervous.

Je me suis serré à côté d’une fenêtre. La personne à côté de moi tenait un sac vert en plastique fermement. Il portait de vieilles sandales, un manteau usé, et il semblait nerveux.

Tumingin ako sa labas. Iiwan ko na ang aking nayon, kung saano ako lumaki. Luluwas ako papunta sa malaking lungsod.

I looked outside the bus and realised that I was leaving my village, the place where I had grown up. I was going to the big city.

Je regardai à l’extérieur de l’autobus et je réalisai que je quittais mon village, l’endroit où j’avais grandi. Je me rendais à la grande ville.

Nakaupo na ang mga pasahero at naikarga na ang mga bagahe. Pero marami pa ring mga manlalako sa loob ng bus. Sinisigaw nila ang kanilang binibenta. Nakakaaliw ang mga ginagamit nilang salita.

The loading was completed and all passengers were seated. Hawkers still pushed their way into the bus to sell their goods to the passengers. Everyone was shouting the names of what was available for sale. The words sounded funny to me.

Le chargement était complet et tous les passagers étaient assis. Des colporteurs se frayaient encore un passage dans l’autobus pour vendre leurs marchandises aux passagers. Chacun criait les noms des articles disponibles. Les mots me semblaient drôles.

May bumili ng inumin. May bumili ng kakanin at nagsimulang kumain. Tulad ko, may iba na nanood lang dahil walang pambili.

A few passengers bought drinks, others bought small snacks and began to chew. Those who did not have any money, like me, just watched.

Quelques passagers achetèrent des breuvages, d’autres achetèrent des petites collations et commencèrent à manger. Ceux qui n’avaient pas d’argent, comme moi, observaient seulement.

Napatigil ang lahat ng bumusina ang drayber. Pinalabas ng konduktor ang mga naglalako dahil aalis na ang bus.

These activities were interrupted by the hooting of the bus, a sign that we were ready to leave. The tout yelled at the hawkers to get out.

Ces activités furent interrompues par le klaxonnement de l’autobus, un signe que nous étions prêts à partir. Le revendeur de billets cria aux colporteurs de sortir.

Nagtulakan sila palabas. Nagsukli ang iba pero meron pa rin nagpupumilit makabenta.

Hawkers pushed each other to make their way out of the bus. Some gave back change to the travellers. Others made last minute attempts to sell more items.

Les colporteurs se poussaient pour sortir de l’autobus. Quelques-uns ont redonné de la monnaie au voyageurs. D’autres ont fait des tentatives de dernière minute pour vendre d’autres articles.

Pagtulak ng bus, dumungaw ako sa bintana. Babalik pa kaya ako dito?

As the bus left the bus stop, I stared out of the window. I wondered if I would ever go back to my village again.

Lorsque l’autobus quitta l’arrêt, j’ai regardé par la fenêtre fixement. Je me demandais si je retournerais à mon village un jour.

Habang kami ay bumibiyahe, naging maalinsangan sa loob ng bus. Pinilit kong makatulog.

As the journey progressed, the inside of the bus got very hot. I closed my eyes hoping to sleep.

Alors que le voyage avançait, l’intérieur de l’autobus est devenu très chaud. J’ai fermé les yeux en espérant dormir.

Pero laging lumilipad ang utak ko pauwi. Magiging mabuti kaya ang kalagayan ni nanay? Mabibili kaya ang mga kuneho? Maaalala kaya ng kapatid kong diligan ang mga punla?

But my mind drifted back home. Will my mother be safe? Will my rabbits fetch any money? Will my brother remember to water my tree seedlings?

Mais je repensais toujours à chez moi. Est-ce que ma mère serait en sécurité ? Est-ce que mes lapins rapporteraient de l’argent ? Est-ce que mon frère se souviendrait d’arroser mes semis d’arbres ?

Isinaulo ko na lang ang address ng tiyo ko sa siyudad. Nakatulog akong bumubulong bulong.

On the way, I memorised the name of the place where my uncle lived in the big city. I was still mumbling it when I fell asleep.

En chemin, j’ai mémorisé le nom de l’endroit où mon oncle vivait dans la grande ville. Je le marmonnais encore lorsque je me suis endormi.

Pagkatapos ng siyam na oras, nagising ako sa mga kalabog at sigaw ng konduktor. Nagtatawag na siya ng mga pasahero pabalik sa nayon. Tumalon ako palabas ng bus dala ang bag.

Nine hours later, I woke up with loud banging and calling for passengers going back to my village. I grabbed my small bag and jumped out of the bus.

Neuf heures plus tard, je me suis réveillé au bruit de quelqu’un qui appelait les passagers qui retournaient au village. J’ai ramassé mon petit sac et j’ai sauté de l’autobus.

Mabilis na napupuno ang bus na pabalik sa nayon. Maya-maya lang tutulak na ito pa-silangan. Pero ang mas mahalaga ngayon, mahanap ko ang bahay ni tiyo.

The return bus was filling up quickly. Soon it would make its way back east. The most important thing for me now, was to start looking for my uncle’s house.

L’autobus de retour se remplissait rapidement. Bientôt il partirait vers l’est. La chose la plus importante pour moi maintenant était de commencer à chercher la maison de mon oncle.

Written by: Lesley Koyi, Ursula Nafula
Illustrated by: Brian Wambi
Translated by: Arlene Avila
Read by: La Trinidad Mina
Language: Tagalog
Level 3
Source: The day I left home for the city from African Storybook
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