In Arabic

This entry is part 47 of 54 in the series Mullah Nasruddin Stories

Nasreddin Hodja had just arrived from his trip to Arabia. All neighbours and friends gathered in the Hodja’s house to welcome him and to listen to the adventures of his voyage.

`Hodja Effendi, did you learn any Arabic?’ they asked.

`I did learn some Arabic, yes indeed.’

`So tell us, in Arabia, what do they call an elephant?’

`You asked a very big one. I can’t be expected to know such big ones.’ the Hodja dismissed.

`What do they call a flea?’

`That’s too small. I don’t know such small ones.’

`Then what do they call a lamb?’

`They don’t call a lamb, they wait until it grows and becomes a sheep, then they call it “ganem”.’

In Arabic – Mullah Nasruddin Stories

In Arabic

Mullah Nasreddin

Nasreddin or Nasreddin Hodja or Molla Nasreddin Hooja was a Seljuq satirist, born in Hortu Village in Sivrihisar, Eskişehir Province, present-day Turkey and died in 13th century in Akşehir, near Konya, a capital of the Seljuk Sultanate of Rum, in today's Turkey. He is considered a populist philosopher, Sufi and wise man, remembered for his funny stories and anecdotes. He appears in thousands of stories, sometimes witty, sometimes wise, but often, too, a fool or the butt of a joke. A Nasreddin story usually has a subtle humour and a pedagogic nature.

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