Dear WordPress family,
I need your help!
I’m still working on finding the balance between WordPress and YouTube – this isn’t my real comeback ^^ But I hope to be back soon! I’m working on some plans and ideas. I guess I’ll be back around the start of December. I’m not giving up on WordPress and writing that easily! Don’t worry =)
But for now, another project I’m working on for my YouTube channel.
I want to do a reading in as many languages as possible and have chosen the fairytale ‘Little Red Riding Hood’ for that occasion – a story everyone knows. I’ve found a simplified version in English on a website somewhere, which also featured a translation of that version into French, Spanish, and Italian. Being a native Dutch speaker, I can take care of that translation myself. But I need help with the other languages. I can use Google Translate, but we all know how crappy that turns out… XD
So this is where you come in… I know I have people from all over the world in my WordPress family and I hope you want to help me with this. The plan is to do 2 or 3 sentences per language, starting the first lines in English. I’d like to have as many languages as possible, so no language will be featured double. My current tally is 5, so I really need your help! I’ll post the simplified version down below and hope you are willing to translate a few sentences for me into your (native) language. Everything is welcome; from Russian to German and from Finnish to Portuguese. (I might need some pronunciation lessons then though ^^) I’ll mark the sentences that have been done with some colour, so you know which sentences to translate.
I’ll be forever grateful! =)
EDIT: Translated/done parts in green & taken/to be translated parts in red
Here’s the story. I’ll do the first part in English, so I’ll colour that already. Who’s next?
Little Red Riding Hood
Once upon a time, in the middle of a dense forest, there was a small house, where there lived a pretty little girl named Little Red Riding Hood. One sunny day her mother called her into the kitchen of their little house.
“Grandma is sick” she said. “Take her this basket of cakes, but be very careful! Stay on the path through the forest and don’t stop! If you walk quickly, no harm will come to you.”
“Don’t worry”, she said. “I will run to Grandma’s without stopping.” Little Red Riding Hood kissed her mother and left. The little girl started her long trip through the forest.
…But she soon forgot the wise words of her mother.
She saw a patch of strawberries under a tree. “What lovely strawberries!” she exclaimed, laying her basket on the ground. “They look so nice and ripe… and so big! Delicious! I’ll just eat one more…”
Suddenly Little Red Riding Hood remembered her mother, her promise, her grandmother, and the basket… She hurried back towards the path.
The wood became thicker and thicker. A yellow butterfly flew down through the trees. “Oh, how pretty!” she exclaimed. And she chased the butterfly through the trees. “I’ll catch you!”
Then she saw some large daisies in the grass. “Oh, how beautiful!” she exclaimed. “Grandma will like them a lot!” And she picked a huge bunch of flowers.
Meanwhile, two menacing eyes watched her from behind a tree. A strange noise in the woods made Little Red Riding Hood jump with fright, and her heart started to thump. “I must find the path and run away from here, quickly!”
Little Red Riding Hood ran and ran, and finally found the path. But as soon as she started to relax she heard another strange noise behind her…
… A very big voice said: “Hello, little girl. Why are you walking in the forest all alone? Where are you going?”
“I’m taking some cakes to my grandma. She lives at the end of this path,” said Little Riding Hood in a very small voice.
“Does your grandma live alone?” asked the wolf (for she was talking to the Big Bad Wolf!)
“Oh, yes,” replied Little Red Riding Hood, “and she never opens the door to strangers!”
“Your grandma is very clever”,” answered the wolf. “Well, it was very nice talking to you. Maybe we’ll meet again!”
The wolf left, thinking “Mmmmm, I will first eat the grandma, and then I will wait for the little girl to come.”
The wolf arrived at the end of the path, where the little house stood. Knock! Knock! the wolf knocked on the door.
“Who’s there?” called Grandma from her bed.
“It’s me, Little Red Riding Hood. I have brought you some cakes because you are sick,” answered the wolf, trying to hide his big wolf voice as best as he could.
“Oh, that’s marvellous!” said Grandma. She didn’t notice anything strange. “Come in!”
Poor Grandma! In less than two seconds the wolf had jumped across the room and swallowed the old lady. Gulp! Then, the wolf put on grandma’s dress and hat, and slid into the bed.
Soon, Little Red Riding Hood knocked on the door. “Grandma, it’s me. May I come in?”
The wolf tried to imitate Grandma’s small voice, and answered “Hello my dear! Come in!”
“What a big voice you have, Grandma!” said the little girl, with surprise.
“It’s to greet you better, my dear,” said the wolf.
“And what big eyes you have, grandma…”
“It’s to see you better, my dear!”
“And what big hands you have!” exclaimed Little Red Riding Hood, approaching the bed.
“It’s to hug you better, my dear!”
“… And what a big mouth you have,” murmured the little girl in a feeble voice.
“It’s better to EAT you with!” growled the wolf, who then leapt out of the bed and swallowed her as well.
At that moment a hunter emerged from the forest. He saw the house and decided to stop and ask for a glass of water. He was looking for a big wolf who had been stealing sheep from the village.
The hunter heard a strange whistling inside the house. He looked through the window and saw the big wolf snoring on Grandma’s bed. “The wolf! He won’t escape me this time!”
Carefully and quietly, the hunter crept into the cottage. Approaching the bed, he heard the sound of a little girl crying… and the sound came from the wolf’s stomach!
The hunter used his knife to open the stomach of the wolf, and out popped Little Red Riding Hood and her Grandma, safe and sound.
The hunter filled the wolf’s stomach with rocks from the garden, and then stitched it closed again. When the wolf woke up and saw the hunter, he ran away as fast as he could. The big rocks gave him such a stomach ache that he became vegetarian, and never bothered the village again.
“It’s safe to go home now”, said the hunter to Little Red Riding Hood. “The big bad wolf is gone; there is no more danger on the path.”
Little Red Riding Hood’s mother arrived at Grandma’s house when the sun was setting. She had been worried because her daughter hadn’t returned home. When she saw Little Red Riding Hood she cried tears of joy. “Oh, you’re safe!”
After having thanked the hunter again, Little Red Riding Hood and her mother walked back home through the forest.
As they were walking quickly under the trees, the little girl said to her mother: “We must always stay on the path and never stop. If we do that, we will stay safe.”
Thank you so much again!!! ^^