When I was studying English I used to read Penguin books. This was perfect back then since they had different levels, and as you improved your language skills, you could proceed from one level to the next (ending up reading proper books of course). For me, there is nothing like reading a good old fashioned book (not sure why, but it's much easier for me than reading through the computer). I am pretty sure that it would be a great addition as part of my immersion (together with duolingo, music & videos) since I don't really read long texts. I was just wondering if anyone knows about a similar thing in German. I would have read children books, but unfortunately I really need something interesting to keep me hooked :P I'd really appreciate it if anyone has anything to recommend,
Thanks and enjoy your studying!
For me it works the way, that i read what i really like - in the beginning i have to look up a lot of words. If you like Enid Blyton (5 friends ...) - most of her books are translated in German and you may look up the original at the same time. Another author may be Karl May - he wrote a lot of stories about red indians (i read the first one, when i was 7) or you may go for Asterix and Obelix (cartoon), which is even easier.
I suggest you use a different word in the future, such as Native Americans.
Thank you for saying this in such a polite manner. I am American, although not a Native American. I have taught English as a Second Language here, to students of various cultures and languages, so I feel strongly about saying that cultural sensitivity is important and valuable. Speaking of American Indians, or those of American Indian descent is considered polite in America. Using a tribal affiliation such as Sioux or Comanche is fine. Using the term redskins, is not. As an aside, for those of you not in the USA, you may or may not know that we have a big controversy going on over the team nickname of one of our major National League Football teams: The Washington Redskins. There is a legal battle that I hear is ongoing because in our country it has become, rightly so, a pejorative.....I hope this satisfies any curiosity, and helps alleviate any misunderstandings. I am retired, but just can't seem to stop "teaching".
I really like the Andre Klein books for German learners. I never had much success with children's books either... I don't like stories about talking animals and other kid-oriented themes, so I know what you mean about needing something to hold your interest. I read them on my Kindle but I think they're also available in standard "book" format.
There are many dweispachige bücher- billingual e-books that will help you a lot, even if you were novice. But you have to have a e-book reader. I don't have one, but I read it on my mobile phone.
I'm reading Alice in Wonderland right now and I'm enjoying it very much.
Also, I watch ZDF, there are series with german subtitles (you can pause, copy-paste the subtitle to google translate) and some very very interesting dokus.
Thanks, that looks exactly like what I was looking for :)
I'm also currently using ZDF but I couldn't really find any interesting content there, can you please tell me what exactly you are watching? I'm intrigued.
Also, if you know any other free online broadcasts with subtitles please tell me!