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FREE Storybook: From America...nach Deutschland

TL;DR - Ebook freely downloadable for two days on 2nd and 3rd March, 2016 (US timezone). Reviews/feedback on Amazon or here hugely appreciated. Click Here for the Book and remind your friends to get it while it's free too!

The free promo is now over, but the book is available for under a dollar everywhere. We would be very grateful if people who downloaded could leave us feedback on Amazon so others would benefit from your insight. Thanks a lot, everyone!

Note: You can read the book on almost any device (PC, Mac, Android/iOS/Blackberry etc.). If in doubt, please download the book while it is free anyway, then post in the comments below for help. Also, you DO NOT NEED a credit card or bank account or any such thing to download it. All you need is a free Amazon.com account.

Book Cover - From America...nach Deutschland


Dear German learners,

Like many of you, I have been learning German for sometime here on Duolingo. As I was working through the German tree, I wished there was more reading material, perhaps a nice, fun story, that was aimed at my level of German comprehension and vocabulary. But the ones I found were either too simplistic or too advanced or uninteresting.

It is also the case (to my knowledge) that many of the bi-lingual books provide a page in each language, or a line-by-line translation. I wanted reading that could provide immersion and slowly ramp up into the foreign language as well, with a balance between comprehension and challenge. Being able to read and understand an entire story would hugely boost my confidence and motivate me to learn even more. Simply put, I wanted a story that beginners, like myself, who are learning German would read and enjoy reading.

So I (Venson) decided to co-author one with the help of a native German (Strohner, who is person243 here), and we are proud to share it with you today. We hope that you enjoy the story as well as the unique format. Personally, I think the book makes an excellent companion to the Duolingo German course, but I may be biased in that opinion. :) Of special interest to me is whether people like the format of my book, so share your thoughts on this specifically if you please.

We are offering the book for free on Amazon (US, UK, DE, IN and many other countries) for the next two days (on 2nd and 3rd of March, 2016). It will also be available for just $0.99 regularly after that, but prices may differ depending on country. So please download from the link above and check it out. You can tell us what you think (love it, hate it, blah, anything constructive!) here in the comments or on Amazon.

We would really love to hear from you. Thanks for reading.

March 2, 2016

49 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/MoChuisleMoChroi

Congrats on completing a book, I look forward to giving it a read!


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/person243

Also thanks from my side.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/satishvc

Thank you, kindly. We are excited to finally share it with everyone. :)


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/csalamone

good job on creating a book


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/satishvc

Thank you. It has been fun. We hope it will be well received too.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/csalamone

that book was a sucess


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/satishvc

Thank you, csalamone. Every person that reads, likes or benefits from it makes it a success as far as I'm concerned.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/person243

Thank you. I like to hear that you liked it.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/RJG747

Left review on amazon.ca. Hopefully goes through. Much success to you.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/satishvc

I read it! You're very kind. Thanks for the lovely review.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/person243

Ah, there, I must look at the Amazon of Canada. I found it. Thank you very much for your kind review.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/AgentJKL

Großartig! I'll have a read when I get my A Level mock exams out of the way :D


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/satishvc

Good luck for the exam! I'm sure you've downloaded it so there's plenty of time to read it. :)


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/AgentJKL

Thanks! Yes, I've downloaded it so I should hopefully read it soon!


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/person243

I wish you much luck with that. Tell us if you liked the story and whether you think it would have helped you, if you had it earlier or if it is still helpful after completing the A level.

Viel Glück dabei. Bitte sag uns, ob dir die Geschichte gefiel und ob sie dir vor oder nach der Prüfung geholfen hätte beziehungsweise hat.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/AgentJKL

Thank you! Sadly, I don't do A Level German (I wish I did though), but I'll let you know if it would be useful to those doing it. I just wish I knew people doing the A Level so that I could ask them to read it as well but nobody chose it at my school.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/person243

Okay, then I misunderstood. But still, any reply is much appreciated. Thank you.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/AgentJKL

I've finally read it! It was a really good book: I liked the transition of the amount of German you read as you progressed and it was nice to put my Duo skills into practice. Thank you!


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/person243

Thank you for your reply. If you like you could do us a favor and put your review on amazon, so that others might also get to enjoy this book.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/satishvc

And thank you for reading and sharing your feedback with us on here and on Amazon (first review on amazon.co.uk!), Kamara. It tells us that we succeeded in doing what we set out to do and encourages us to apply ourselves creatively again. Strohner and I thank you very much.


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/AgentJKL

It's alright, I was happy to read it!


[deactivated user]

    I downloaded it and had a quick skim through. It looks helpful.


    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/satishvc

    We are glad to hear it, Morgan. Thanks for downloading our book.


    [deactivated user]

      I read it and it was very good, thank you. One irregularity I noticed was that you called the family Weiß except once where you called them Weiss.


      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/person243

      Thank you very much. We will look into the matter. Might be it was to emphasize on the fact that the part it was written in was in English.


      [deactivated user]

        That makes sense.


        https://www.duolingo.com/profile/satishvc

        Thanks for the feedback, Morgan. Yes, since English doesn't have the sharp ss in its alphabet we believed it would be appropriate to use it this way. We are glad to hear you enjoyed it.


        https://www.duolingo.com/profile/EpicPowerHero

        Sounds awesome! I'll try to leave feedback if I get the book! Nice job, by the way! Also, I was wanting the exact same sort of thing.


        https://www.duolingo.com/profile/EpicPowerHero

        Could I suggest a "look inside", on the amazon page? I don't know if you can do that, but it would be cool, and a lot of books have it.


        https://www.duolingo.com/profile/satishvc

        We have this enabled and almost half the book can be checked out this way. :)


        https://www.duolingo.com/profile/satishvc

        Much appreciated. Thank you. It was written with German learners in mind.


        https://www.duolingo.com/profile/DarkZmaj

        I can't download it nor read it for free :(. Any idea why?


        https://www.duolingo.com/profile/satishvc

        The book now shows up as free in multiple regions. Please try now. I hope you download and enjoy it. :)


        https://www.duolingo.com/profile/DarkZmaj

        Yes, you were right. I was able to get it now and I'm looking forward to reading it. Also, congratulations on writing a book! :)


        https://www.duolingo.com/profile/satishvc

        Danke sehr. Don't forget to let us know how you like it!


        https://www.duolingo.com/profile/satishvc

        Thank you for your question. It's probably due to timezone difference. Please check back in a few hours. It will be free, I assure you.


        https://www.duolingo.com/profile/MoChuisleMoChroi

        For reference, my copy was not free (March 1st,US central, US site) but I was happy to pay.


        https://www.duolingo.com/profile/satishvc

        That was incredibly nice of you. If I happen to do another, I will send you a free copy. Thank you for the encouragement.


        https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Alchamei

        I hope you'll write more books! This one looks great!


        https://www.duolingo.com/profile/satishvc

        Thank you for your kind words and encouragement.


        https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Alchamei

        Apparently, I need to sign up on Amazon. May I ask if I need to enter credit card number and bank account etc. as I don't have any of these.


        https://www.duolingo.com/profile/person243

        No, you don't. For free books they don't ask for bank data. If you don't have a kindle, they offer a free add-on for any system on the site itself.


        https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Alchamei

        Thank you, indeed. I have already download the book and will certainly read it. I skimmed it and it looks great.


        https://www.duolingo.com/profile/person243

        Thank you. I hope you enjoy it.


        https://www.duolingo.com/profile/satishvc

        We're glad you figured it out, Alchamei. Please enjoy.


        https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Joe779397

        It would be nice if you can have it compatible with Aldiko.


        https://www.duolingo.com/profile/satishvc

        Thanks, Joe. There are some technical challenges to this, but we'll definitely consider it for the future (I use Aldiko too off and on). We appreciate your feedback.

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