Short Stories in German for Beginners: Read for pleasure at your level, expand your vocabulary and learn German the fun way! (Foreign Language Graded Reader Series) (German Edition) Kindle Edition
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An unmissable collection of eight unconventional and captivating short stories for young and adult learners.
"I love Olly's work - and you will too!" - Barbara Oakley, PhD, Author of New York Times bestseller A Mind for Numbers
Short Stories in German for Beginners has been written especially for students from beginner to intermediate level, designed to give a sense of achievement, and most importantly - enjoyment! Mapped to A2-B1 on the Common European Framework of Reference, these eight captivating stories will both entertain you, and give you a feeling of progress when reading.
What does this book give you?
· Eight stories in a variety of exciting genres, from science fiction and crime to history and thriller - making reading fun, while you learn a wide range of new vocabulary
· Controlled language at your level, including the 1000 most frequent words, to help you progress confidently
· Authentic spoken dialogues, to help you learn conversational expressions and improve your speaking ability
· Pleasure! It's much easier to learn a new language when you're having fun, and research shows that if you're enjoying reading in a foreign language, you won't experience the usual feelings of frustration - 'It's too hard!' 'I don't understand!'
· Accessible grammar so you learn new structures naturally, in a stress-free way
Carefully curated to make learning a new language easy, these stories include key features that will support and consolidate your progress, including
· A glossary for bolded words in each text
· A bilingual word list
· Full plot summary
· Comprehension questions after each chapter.
As a result, you will be able to focus on enjoying reading, delighting in your improved range of vocabulary and grasp of the language, without ever feeling overwhelmed or frustrated. From science fiction to fantasy, to crime and thrillers, Short Stories in German for Beginners will make learning French easy and enjoyable.
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"Olly's advice on language learning is the real deal, and I recommend you pay attention to what he has to say!"―Benny Lewis, Fluent in 3 Months
"When we wanted to create a free online course on how to learn a language we asked Olly to write it with us".―Dr Tita Beaven, The Open University
"Learning a language is challenging, but it's one of the best things you can do for your brain and your learning skill set... Olly Richards is doing some seriously incredible work to empower more and more people to rise to the challenge".―Jonathan Levi
"Olly bridges the gap between theory and practice by helping you to use scientific principles to get real results with your language learning".―Anthony Metivier, Magnetic Memory Method --This text refers to the paperback edition.
About the Author
With no exposure to languages growing up, and no special talent to speak of, he had to figure out how to learn a foreign language from scratch. Fifteen years later, Olly has studied ten languages and has decided to reveal how he accomplished his goal of learning foreign languages quickly.
Although he started the I Will Teach You A Language blog in order to document his latest language learning experiments, his useful and actionable writing quickly transformed the blog into one of the most popular sources of language learning advice on the web. He now produces language books and courses across a variety of mediums with the goal of helping other people to successfully learn a new language.
--This text refers to the paperback edition.
- ASIN : B07HWPYWHM
- Publisher : John Murray (October 4, 2018)
- Publication date : October 4, 2018
- Language : German
- File size : 3504 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Not Enabled
- Print length : 256 pages
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #19,299 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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By H_cp on November 17, 2021
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German Short Stories For Beginners: 8 Unconventional Short Stories to Grow Your Vocabulary and Learn German the Fun Way!
also by Olly Richards. This has a front cover showing castle towers.
So this earlier book was very good, but I thought this one would be a different set of stories. Be careful to buy just one of them! I returned this latest version for a refund.
There are highlighted words with a matching vocab list at the end of each chapter. The recommendation to read each chapter through once without trying to battle with every word, then read a second time and use the vocab if necessary, is good advice. Also, many words are repeated frequently, which helps with memorising new vocab.
For me, I noticed a fundamental shift in my reading about halfway through the book: I stopped translating everything into English in my head when I was reading and just read the German text and immediately understood it and kept reading. It was a lightbulb moment when I realised what I was doing.
Very easy to just read a chapter or two before bed. Strongly recommend this book to those with some German knowledge but looking for noticeable improvement over a short period.
Unfortunately it's a long wade through thick mud and without a good degree of stubbornness, it's a hard journey to the end.
There are lots and lots of short sentences. The majority of the sentences only have one clause, occasionally two, rarely more and plenty that start with Aber and Und, and clearly should have joined with previous and current sentence together. The choppy sentences make it hard to get into the flow of the stories and gain any enjoyment. As an example, here is my translation of a paragraph from the bonus chapter:
In the tower lived a big creature. It could fly. It had a long, strong tail. And it could breathe fire! It was a dragon. He was called Ferrg.
This style is irritating to say the least.
There is a fair amount of space wasted with the inclusion of elementary dialogue. For example, most of the stories contain a greeting sequence such as "Hallo Hans" "Hallo, Greta" "Wie geht es dir?" "Mir geht es gut".
I suspect that Olly has chosen to include these phrasebook examples for pedagogical reasons - but considering the target reader, it's just reducing the ratio of interesting content.
One or two odd choices of glossary words, given the book is aimed at A2-B1. e.g. müde, fliegen. One can be expected to deal with situations set in an airport in an A1 exam, flying won't be an unknown verb. This doesn't happen too often though.
I largely ignored the questions at the end of each chapter, but if I check them, I see that they ask questions using the exact same vocabulary as used in the chapter - one could slot in the correct answer by matching up the words by sight, not having a clue what said words meant. They don't check the reader's comprehension, the space could have been better used to develop the characters.
Speaking of which, the characters lack any real depth. You rarely get to know any of their motives or see any of their personality nor quirks. Further to this, their actions are rather naïve in some cases; they seem to have this odd tendency to let strangers they've just met into their houses - idiotic.
Olly has a great blog for people who are interested in learning a language and hopefully some of his collections of short stories in other languages are an improvement but I don't think I could recommend this one in it's current state unless you are stuck for things to read at this level.
I just wish that Audible can read a book at the same time as you read, better way to improve vocabulary when reading a foreign language.
Please can we have 'immersion reading' for adults on Kindle?