SŮŠ ŮyűŠűŗeŮŠ a‚ nnšpa bšnom yŮŠŮŗ anyansśfoŠű naŠ ebšnom nŠso yŮŠŮŗ ntetekwaaŠ
Ananse duŠruuŗ duaŠ noŠ aseŠ noŠ, űde toaŠ noŠ sŮŠn n'anšm na űde n'afuŠro taree duaŠ noŠ hŁť sŮ‚ űrefoŠro aŠkűŠ ne nkűŠnmu. ŌyŮŠ bšribiara a‚, na ŮnyŮŠ yše. —ťnnaŗ ne baŠ NtikuŠma firi wuŠram hűŠ bŮŠkśťśŤ sŮ‚: "AgyaŠ, woŠnŗnyeŠ nnš sŮ‚ woŠdeŗ toaŠ yš sŮŠn w'akyš mmoŠm a‚, anka woŠbŮtuŗmš aŠforo duaŠ yš?
—ťnnaŗ Ananse daŠneeŗ toaŠ noŠ deŠ toŠoŗ n'akyš, fitšž aseŠŮ teŠntamŗ duaŠ noŠ. Ananse huŠnuuŗ sŮ‚ NtikuŠma aŠkyerŮ no nyaŠnsśť noŠ, ŮyŮŮ no yaŠ sŮ‚ űantumš ammoaŠboŗa nyaŠnsśť nyinaŠa anoŠ naŠ ebš akaŠ ne baŠ noŠ tšrim. Eťnti űde abuŠfuo gyaee toaŠ noŠ hwee faŠm ma Ůbűűe. ToaŠ noŠ bűŠűŗeŮŠ noŠ, nnšpa pii kűű duaŠ noŠ aseŠ. Na wűŠn a‚ wűkűŠűŗ hűŠ kűŠfaaŗ bš deŠ baŠaŗ wűn afše muŠ noŠ neŠ anyansśfoŠű na wűŠn a‚ aŠnŗkűŠ bš noŠ neŠ ntetekwaaŠ.
SŮŠ ŮyűŠűŗeŮŠ a‚ nnšpa bšnom yŮŠŮŗ anyansśfoŠű naŠ ebšnom nŠso yŮŠŮŗ ntetekwaaŠ noŠ nš oo!
(SaaŠ anansesŮŠm yš firi AyŮ, [1978: 1-2])
How it came that there are wise and stupid people in the world
Once upon a time, Ananse collected all the wisdom of the world and put it into a bottle in order to hang it onto a tree so that nobody could get any. When he was going about it his son Ntikuma was observing him secretly.
When Ananse arrived at the tree, he put the bottle in front of him and put his belly close to the tree in order to climb up to the peak of the tree. Whatever he did, it didn't work out well. Then his son Ntikuma came out of the bush and said: "Father, don't you think that if you rather put this bottle to your back, you'd be able to climb up this tree?"
Then Ananse put the bottle to his back and started
climbing up the tree. Ananse saw that Ntikuma had told him something wise
and it hurt him that he hadn't been able to collect all the wisdom as some
had remained with his son. Therefore, he angrily dropped the bottle to
the ground and it burst. When it burst, many people came to the tree. And
those who came to take some back to their homes are the wise people but
those who didn't come are the stupid ones.
That's the story why some people are wise and others stupid!
(Taken from Ayeh, [1978: 1-2])
Go to exercise 4 (dictation of another version of this story)