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Dan Marasescu  Identity Verified
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Nov 11, 2008

Hello,

Sorry to be writing in English but my German isn't very good. In fact that's why I'm asking for your help. I think reading easy texts in German will help me improve my vocabulary as was the case with the Readers series of some British publishers like Oxford or Longman (http://plrcatalogue.pearson.com/) or with the "textes en français facile" for French.

Could you please recommend an German equivalent of such learning materials? Preferably classic texts rewritten in simplified German.

Many thanks in advance,
Dan


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Ralf Lemster  Identity Verified
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Leicht verständliche deutsche Texte gesucht Nov 11, 2008

Dan sucht leicht verständliche deutsche Texte, um sein Deutsch zu verbessern - hat jemand eine Idee?

Merci & LG Ralf


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für junge Leser Nov 11, 2008

Try searching in the "junge Leser" category (ab 13-14). You'll find a lot of material that's actually great reading!

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Birgit Schrader  Identity Verified
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"Leichte Lektürn" Nov 11, 2008

Most publishers with a "Deutsch als Fremdsprache" Programm, like Langenscheidt, offer some "easy readers", have a look here:
http://www.langenscheidt.de/katalog/reihe_leichte_lektueren_fuer_deutsch_als_fremdsprache_in_stufen_434_424.html
Birgit


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Katrin Hollberg  Identity Verified
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Some others... Nov 11, 2008

that's right,

children's literature is great for beginners (In Germany e.g. the "dtv-pocket" series)

For young adult fiction I recommend this author. He is brilliant:
http://www.rainermschroeder.com/Buecher/buecher.html

Here you can get further advice concerning your language level:
http://www.deutsch-perfekt.com/
(like Spotlight) just have a look. I guess you can get that easy everywhere in Europe now.

A good starting point to learn a foreign language is always trashy literature (like "Jerry Cotton") or easy crime novels.

However, if you know German to a certain extent I can really recommend some contemporary authors who write in a style using clear structures and rather short sentences (quite the opposite to Thomas Mann):
- Birgit Vanderbeke // especially that one: Alberta empfängt einen Liebhaber; http://www.die-leselust.de/buch/vande001.htm
- Ingo Schulze (Simple Stories)
- Jakob Hein (Herr Jensen steigt aus)
- Hermann Hesse (e.g. "Siddharta", Hesse tends to use short sentences as well...I guess that's the secret why he is so famous all over the world)

Here are some famous German classics, rewritten in simplified German, "Cornelsen" is the publishing house

Annette von Droste-Hülshoff: Die Judenbuche, EUR 2,40, ISBN 3-464-60943-x
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe: Götz von Berlichingen, EUR 2,90, ISBN 3-464-60940-5
Gottfried Keller: Kleider machen Leute, EUR 2,40, ISBN 3-464-60944-8
http://www.cornelsen.de/cgi/WebObjects/KatalogPlus.woa/wo/0.24.15.0.3.1.1.0.0.1.0.0.1.0.0.1.0.3.3.1.1
Friedrich Schiller: Wilhelm Tell, EUR 3,40, ISBN 3-464-60939-1
Friedrich Schiller: Die Räuber, EUR 3,25, ISBN 3-464-60953-7
Friedrich Schiller: Kabale und Liebe, EUR 2,85, ISBN 3-464-60938-3
Theodor Storm: Der Schimmelreiter, EUR 3,40, ISBN 3-464-9042-1
Theodor Storm: Pole Poppenspäler, EUR 2,25, ISBN 3-464-60950-2 Heinrich von Kleist: Der zerbrochene Krug, EUR 2025, ISBN 3-464-60954-5
Jeremias Gotthelf: Die schwarze Spinne, EUR 3,40, ISBN 3-464-60948-0
E.T.A. Hoffmann: Das Fräulein von Scuderie, EUR 2,35, ISBN 3-464-60949-9
Gotthold Ephraim Lessing: Nathan der Weise, EUR 3,35, ISBN 3-464-60936-7

Greetings - Katrin

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Multitran
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Articles Nov 11, 2008

If I were you I'd translate articles from www.spiegel.de, some of them are not
so long, they are not that difficult and keep you updated too. You can also watch
spiegel tv. We used to practise with der Spiegel when I was studying German in
the USA.

Hope you like it.


Liliana


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Poisson rouge
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Russendisko Nov 11, 2008

I would recommend "Russendisko" by a Russian author named Vladimir Kaminer. Although his mother tongue is Russian, he wrote his book in a quite simple and understandable German. It is a collection of short stories (2 to 3 pages), so it should keep you motivated (there is nothing worse than being faced to a book you can even imagine finishing). And it's hilarious! It was one of the first books I read for pleasure (I mean my first non-uni book).
Viel Spass!


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Dan Marasescu  Identity Verified
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Thanks everyone Nov 11, 2008

Thank you Ralf and thank you all for your suggestions. I just ordered the following:

# 1 Exemplar(e) von: San Manuel Bueno, Märtyrer
Verkauft von: Amazon EU S.a.r.L.
# 1 Exemplar(e) von: einfach klassisch: Nathan der Weise - Schülerheft. Dramatisches Gedicht in fünf Aufzügen (Lernmaterialien)
Verkauft von: Amazon EU S.a.r.L.
# 1 Exemplar(e) von: Russendisko
Verkauft von: Amazon EU S.a.r.L.
# 1 Exemplar(e) von: einfach klassisch: Kabale und Liebe - Schülerheft
Verkauft von: Amazon EU S.a.r.L.
# 1 Exemplar(e) von: einfach klassisch: Götz von Berlichingen
Verkauft von: Amazon EU S.a.r.L.
# 1 Exemplar(e) von: einfach klassisch: Wilhelm Tell
Verkauft von: Amazon EU S.a.r.L.
# 1 Exemplar(e) von: einfach klassisch: Die schwarze Spinne. Schülerheft: Novelle
Verkauft von: Amazon EU S.a.r.L.
# 1 Exemplar(e) von: einfach klassisch: Der Schimmelreiter
Verkauft von: Amazon EU S.a.r.L.
# 1 Exemplar(e) von: einfach klassisch: Die Räuber
Verkauft von: Amazon EU S.a.r.L.

This year I'm taking the train to go to work and I hope these books will help me spend this time well.

More suggestions are welcome!
Thanks again,
Dan


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Katrin Hollberg  Identity Verified
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Totally agree Nov 12, 2008

Fiona wrote:

I would recommend "Russendisko" by a Russian author named Vladimir Kaminer. -- And it's hilarious!


Totally agree...you'll burst into laughter!! Not everybody likes his sense of humour. Well, I enjoyed...Have fun!!!
Good choice!
Katrin


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