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HEBREW
(transliterated)

THE SURPRISE
Translated by Pnina Tadmor, transliteration by Pnina Tadmor
rearranged by Robert B. Casiraghi

TRANSLITERATION CONVENTIONS

  • a=ah, o=oh, e=eh, i=ee, u=oo, x=like Scottish ch in loch. The sign ' (apostrophe) represents the glottal stop within a Hebrew word (alef or ain). 

  • The article and certain prepositions are written separately: ha xipus  instead of haxipus (the search), ba boker instead of baboker (in the morning)

  • Compounds that are pronounced as a single word are separated by an hyphen when it may be useful to the learner. Example: be-meshex instead of bemeshex (during)

  • Treatment of the shva (virtual e, that sometimes is sounded, sometimes not) is not entirely consequent because of inherent difficulties and difference of pronounciation by Israeli speakers

  • Italics are sometimes used at the end of a word to indicate the affix personal pronouns: sheruteha=her services

  • The stress is marked by an underline under the relevant vowel. Where no stress mark appears in a word, the stress is by default on the last syllable as is typical for Hebrew.

 

DAISY, OPAL
AND ARRANGER STORIES
  
Short stories in English translated into many languages in a convenient parallel text format to help you learn them more quickly and easily.

TRANSLATED INTO:
 

AFRIKAANS
The Search for Lorna 
Daisy Macbeth
The Surprise
The Nightwatch
A Nice Little Trip

The Bookworm

A Matter of Justice

ALBANIAN
The Search for Lorna 
The Surprise
Daisy Macbeth

A Nice Little Trip
The Night Watch
The Oak

ARABIC
The Search for Lorna 
The Surprise
1
The Surprise 2
Daisy Macbeth

Nightwatch
A Nice Little Trip

BENGALI
The Surprise

BOSNIAN
The Search for Lorna
The Surprise

BRAZILIAN
The Search for Lorna
The Surprise
The Bookworm
The Wedding

BULGARIAN
The Search for Lorna

The Surprise

CHINESE
The Search for Lorna
The Surprise
The Bookworm

CREOLE
The Search for Lorna 
The Surprise

Daisy Macbeth

CZECH
The Search for Lorna 
The Surprise

Daisy Macbeth
The Night Watch
A Nice Little Trip
The Bookworm
The Oak
Imogen
The Green Lodge
A Matter of Justice

DANISH
The Search for Lorna
The Surprise
Daisy Macbeth
Night Watch
A Nice Little Trip
The Bookworm

The Oak

DUTCH
The Search for Lorna
The Surprise
Daisy Macbeth
Nightwatch

ESPERANTO
The Search for Lorna

FINNISH
The Search for Lorna 
The Surprise

Night Watch

FRENCH
The Search for Lorna
The Surprise
The Night Watch
A Nice Little Trip
The Bookworm
The Oak
Imogen

GERMAN
The Search for Lorna
Daisy Macbeth
The Surprise
Night Watch
A Nice Little Trip
The Bookworm

ARRANGER STORIES
The Auction

GREEK
The Search for Lorna
Daisy Macbeth
The Surprise
Night Watch mp3
A Nice Little Trip mp3
The Bookworm mp3
ARRANGER STORIES
The Auction

HEBREW
The Search for Lorna
The Surprise

Daisy Macbeth

Night Watch

A Nice Little Trip

HINDI
The Search For Lorna
The Surprise

HUNGARIAN
The Search for Lorna
The Surprise
Daisy Macbeth

Night Watch
A Nice Little Trip
The Bookworm

INDONESIAN
The Search for Lorna
The Surprise
Daisy Macbeth

ITALIAN
The Search For Lorna
The Surprise
Daisy Macbeth
Night Watch
A Nice Little Trip
The Bookworm
The Oak
Imogen
The Mystery of
Green Lodge

A Matter of Justice

JAPANESE
The Search For Lorna
The Surprise
Daisy Macbeth

KOREAN
The Search for Lorna
The Surprise
Daisy Macbeth
Night Watch
A Nice Little Trip
The Bookworm

The Oak
Imogen

NORWEGIAN
The Search for Lorna


POLISH
The search for Lorna
The Surprise
Daisy Macbeth
Night Watch

The Oak 1
The Oak 2
The Bookworm
A Nice Little Trip
The Mystery of
Green Lodge

The Wedding
A Matter of Justice
ARRANGER STORIES
The River Mist
The Auction

PORTUGUESE
The Search for Lorna
The Surprise

ROMANIAN
The Search for Lorna
The Surprise

RUSSIAN
The Search for Lorna 1

The Search for Lorna 2
The Surprise
The Night Watch 1

The Night Watch 2
The Oak

SERBIAN
Night Watch
The Oak

SPANISH
The Search for Lorna
The Surprise
Daisy Macbeth

Night Watch
A Nice Little Trip
The Bookworm

The Oak
Imogen
The Mystery of
Green Lodge

The Wedding 1
The Wedding 2
A Matter of Justice 1
A Matter of Justice 2
The Serial Killer
ARRANGER STORIES
The Auction
The River Mist
OPAL STORIES
Upside Down

SWEDISH
The Search for Lorna 1

The Search for Lorna 2
The Surprise
Daisy Macbeth
Night Watch

The Bookworm

THAI
Night Watch
A Nice Little Trip
The Bookworm

Daisy Macbeth

TURKISH
The Search for Lorna
The Surprise
Daisy Macbeth
Night Watch
A Nice Little Trip
The Bookworm

UKRAINIAN
The Search for Lorna
Daisy Macbeth

URDU
The Search for Lorna

VENETO 

The Search for Lorna

YORUBA
The Search for Lorna
The Surprise
Night Watch

ZULU
The Search for Lorna

 

Ha hafta'a

 The surprise

Daisy herima et ha telefon ve shuv nista litsor kesher im ha lako'ax shela. Daisy picked up the telephone and tried to get through to her client again.
Ha lakoax, eize Frank Baccini, she haya ba'al maxsan le mutsarei xashmal, lo shilem la avur shnei yemei avoda. Her client, a certain Frank Baccini, who had a warehouse of electrical goods, had not paid for her two days' work.
Daisy hitslixa legalot heixan gar ka-et shutafo ha lo yashar shel mar Baccini, ve tsipta be kotser ruax le kabalat hamxa'ata. Daisy had managed to discover where Mr. Baccini's dishonest partner was now living and was anxiously expecting her cheque.
Daisy hitxila laxashosh she ma ha lakoax shela, gam hu eino yashar. Daisy was beginning to think that her client was dishonest too.
"Halo, efshar la'azor lax?" nitna tshuva mesho'amemet meod me ha katse ha sheni. A very bored "Hello, can I help you?" was the reply at the other end.
Ze haya kol shel isha tse'ira, ha mazkira shel Frank Baccini. It was a young woman's voice, Frank Baccini's secretary.
"Ani rotsa ledaber im mar Baccini, bevakasha." "I'd like to speak to Mr. Baccini, please."
"Mitsta'eret, mar Baccini mi-xuts la ir." "Sorry, Mr. Baccini is out of town."
"Aval matai hu yaxazor?", hit'aksha Daisy. "But when is he coming back?" insisted Daisy.
"Le-tsa'ari eini yoda'at". "I'm afraid I don't know."
"To'ili lomar lo, she Daisy Hamilton tilpena, u virtsona lesoxe'ax ito bi-dxifut." "Will you tell him Daisy Hamilton telephoned and would like to talk to him urgently."
"Be-seder, ani menixa", higi'a ha tshuva ha bilti mexuyevet. "Well - yes, I suppose so," was the completely unconcerned reply.
Hayta zu sixat ha telefon ha asirit she hayta le Daisy im isha tse'ira zo be-meshex shvu'ayim, ax Frank Baccini adayin lo yatsar ita kesher. This was the tenth telephone conversation Daisy had had in two weeks with this young woman, but Frank Baccini hadn't got in touch with her yet.
Daisy za'ama me rov ka'as ve hexlita lalexet el ha maxsan shel mar Baccini kedei lir'ot im hu sham. Daisy was furious and decided to go to Mr. Baccini's warehouse to see if he was there.
Ka-asher higi'a, naksha al delet ha misrad. When she arrived, she knocked on the office door.
Mazkirato shel mar Baccini amra be kola ha xadgoni: "Hikansu". Mr. Baccini's secretary said in her monotonous voice: "Come in."
"Tilpanti pe'amim rabot, shmi hu Daisy Hamilton". "I've telephoned many times - my name is Daisy Hamilton."
"Be-emet? Im mi ratsit ledaber?" sha'ala ha isha ha tse'ira, bli leha'if mabat klapei Daisy. "Really? Who did you want to speak to?" asked the young woman without even glancing at Daisy.
"Ani rotsa ledaber im mar Baccini", heshiva Daisy. "I want to speak to Mr. Baccini," replied Daisy.
Hi hitxila lihiyot od yoter tokpanit. She was becoming even more aggressive.
Le-tsa'ari, hu einenu", amra ha mazkira be darka ha xadgonit ha regila, ve himshixa likro ba xoveret shela. "I'm afraid he's not here," said the secretary in her usual monotonous way and went on reading her magazine.
Daisy tsa'aka: "Dai!", ve tarka et ha delet. Daisy shouted "Enough is enough!" and banged the door closed.
Daisy xasha meduxdexet. Daisy felt rather depressed.
"Ani yoda'at ma la'asot", hi xashva, ani e'etsor etsel Luigi ve oxal glidat banana." "I know what I'll do," she thought, "I'll stop off at Luigi's for a nice banana split."
Daisy ahava lashevet ba glideryia shel Luigi u lesoxe'ax im ba'al ha bayit, Italki ba'al gisha xiyuvit. Daisy liked sitting in Luigi's ice-cream parlour and having a little chat with the owner, a positive-thinking Italian.
Ka-asher Daisy alta ba madregot, hi hayta ktsat paxot ke'usa al bnei ha adam. As Daisy walked up the stairs to her office she felt a little less sore about human beings.
Bi-dyuk ka-asher hexelifa Daisy et ne'aleha le zug no'ax yoter, mishehu hekish ba delet ve nixnas pnima. Just as Daisy was changing her shoes to a more comfortable pair, someone knocked on the door and walked in.
Ze haya po'el be vigdei avoda. It was a workman in overalls.
"Slixa, gvirti, ha'im at gveret Daisy Hamilton? Eifo lasim et ele?" Hu hitsbi'a el ever shtei kufsa'ot gdolot be xadar ha madregot. "Excuse me miss - are you Miss Daisy Hamilton? Where shall we put these?" pointing to two large boxes on the landing.
"Ken, ani Daisy Hamilton, aval ma yesh lexa sham? Ma yesh ba kufsa'ot ha ele?" "Yes, I am Daisy Hamilton but what have you got there - what's in those boxes?"
"Ha kufsa ha gdola hi mekarer, ve ha ktana yoter hi mexona le asiat capuccino. Baxart heitev, at yoda'at? Ele me ha tozeret ha tova be-yoter she kayemet ba shetax." "The big one is a fridge and the smaller one is a cappuccino-making machine. You've chosen well, you know, these are the best makes around."
"Lo hizmanti af-exad me-hem", palta Daisy. "I haven't ordered either of these," exclaimed Daisy.
"Aval ha shem shelax kan al shtar ha mesira", hit'akesh ha po'el. "But it's your name on the delivery note!" insisted the workman.
"Ha-kol shulam - rak tagidi li eifo lasim otam". "It's all paid for - just tell me where to put them."
Daisy amda lesarev lekabel et ha sxora, ka-asher hivxina she Frank Baccini nixnas ba delet gam ken. Daisy was just about to refuse the goods when she saw Frank Baccini coming in the door, too.
Gveret Hamilton, ani me'od mitsta'er she lo yatsarti kesher" "Miss Hamilton. I'm very sorry I haven't been in touch.
Ani mekave she lo ixpat lax, aval samti lev she ein lax mekarer ba misrad, ve ha mexona ha-zu le asiyat capuccino hi mashehu meyuxad. I do hope you don't mind but I had noticed you didn't have a fridge in your office and... this cappuccino-making machine is a little speciality.
Derex agav, hine ha hamxa'a shelax avur ha avoda ha nehederet she asit, kolel tosefet ktana avur hots'otayix". Oh, by the way here is your cheque for the excellent work you did, with a little extra for your expenses."
Frank Baccini ra'a she Daisy nidhemet, ve hosif: Frank Baccini saw Daisy was astonished and added:
"Ha mazkira sheli tilpena elayix, ani mekave? Ne'edarti be-meshex ki shvu'ayim be yerax dvash". "My secretary did phone you, I hope? I've been away for a couple of weeks on honeymoon."
Daisy hit'oshesha, "U-v-xen, be etsem hi lo - aval ze be-seder gamur, mar Baccini. Daisy recovered herself, "Well, no, she didn't - but that's quite all right Mr. Baccini!"

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DAISY STORIES TEMPLATES
The Search for Lorna
The Surprise
Daisy Macbeth
Night Watch
A Nice Little Trip
The Bookworm
The Oak
Imogen
The Mystery of
    Green Lodge

A Matter of Justice
The Wedding
Craig
The Mumbling Man
The Old Manor House
    Ghost

Amy
The Serial Killer
The Mysterious Hand
The Lost Cat
Too Many Cakes Spoil
    the Dough

The Lost Collection Box
Heatwave
The Spin Doctor

ARRANGER STORIES TEMPLATES
The Auction
The River Mist
Halloween

OPAL STORIES TEMPLATES
Upside Down
Parallel Homes
Different Existences
East is West and West
    is East