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Tingi and the cows Tingi and the cows Tingi na in'gombe

Written by Ingrid Schechter

Illustrated by Ingrid Schechter

Read by Darshan Soni

Language English

Level Level 2

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Tingi lived with his grandmother.

Tingi lived with his grandmother.

Tingi aleeikala naba mbuya wakwe.


He used to look after the cows with her.

He used to look after the cows with her.

Aaleafwa bambuya wakwe ukusunga in’gombe.


One day the soldiers came.

One day the soldiers came.

Bushiku bumo abashilika baishile.


They took the cows away.

They took the cows away.

Baasendele In’ gombe no kuya nasho


Tingi and his grandmother ran away and hid.

Tingi and his grandmother ran away and hid.

Tingi na bambuya wakwe baabutwike.


They hid in the bush until night.

They hid in the bush until night.

Baabeleme mu mpanga mpaka bwaila.


Then the soldiers came back.

Then the soldiers came back.

Elyo abashilika baishile nakabili.


Grandmother hid Tingi under the leaves.

Grandmother hid Tingi under the leaves.

Bambuya baafishile Tingi panshi yamabula.


One of the soldiers put his foot right on him, but he kept quiet.

One of the soldiers put his foot right on him, but he kept quiet.

Umo pa bashilika aabikile ulukasa palya pene pali Tingi, koma Tingi aali fye tondolo.


When it was safe, Tingi and his grandmother came out.

When it was safe, Tingi and his grandmother came out.

Lintu abashilika baile, Tingi na bambuya wakwe bafisamwike.


They crept home very quietly.

They crept home very quietly.

Baile ku n,ganda umwatalalila.


Written by: Ingrid Schechter
Illustrated by: Ingrid Schechter
Read by: Darshan Soni
Language: English
Level: Level 2
Source: Tingi and the Cows from African Storybook
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