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Tingi na ng’ombe Tingi and the cows Tingi na in'gombe

Written by Ingrid Schechter

Illustrated by Ingrid Schechter

Translated by Matteo E. Mwita

Read by Lauwo George

Language Kiswahili

Level Level 2

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Tingi aliishi na bibi yake.

Tingi lived with his grandmother.

Tingi aleeikala naba nakulu.


Alizoea kuchunga ng’ombe na bibi yake.

He used to look after the cows with her.

Aaleafwa banakulu ukusunga in’gombe.


Siku moja wanajeshi walikuja.

One day the soldiers came.

Bushiku bumo abashilika baishile.


Wakawachukua ng’ombe.

They took the cows away.

Baasendele In’ gombe no kuya nasho


Tingi na bibi yake walikimbia na kujificha.

Tingi and his grandmother ran away and hid.

Tingi na banakulu baabutwike.


Walijificha kichakani hadi usiku.

They hid in the bush until night.

Baabeleme mu mpanga mpaka bwaila.


Wanajeshi walirudi tena.

Then the soldiers came back.

Elyo abashilika baishile nakabili.


Bibi alimficha Tingi chini ya majani.

Grandmother hid Tingi under the leaves.

Banakulu baafishile Tingi panshi yamabula.


Mwanajeshi mmoja alimkanyaga, lakini akanyamaza kimya.

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

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


Wanajeshi walipoondoka Tingi na bibi yake wakajitokeza.

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

Lintu abashilika baile, Tingi na banakulu bafisamwike.


Wakajikongoja kimya kimya kurudi nyumbani.

They crept home very quietly.

Baile ku n,ganda umutalalila.


Written by: Ingrid Schechter
Illustrated by: Ingrid Schechter
Translated by: Matteo E. Mwita
Read by: Lauwo George
Language: Kiswahili
Level: Level 2
Source: Tingi and the Cows from African Storybook
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