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German books at my reading level?

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    André Klein's Café in Berlin was an easy read. I enjoyed it because it gave me confidence in my German. But then I tried Prueßler's Die Kleine Hexe - way too hard. But according to Amazon, that book is for K-4 graders. Can anyone suggest a book whose difficulty is somewhere in the middle?

    February 13, 2018


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    Reading children books in a new language is mostly a bad idea. Books for children usually use very abstract language. Not to mention they are intended for kids so they cannot hold interest of adults even if you understand what's going on. I've read a huge part of Drei Kameraden from Remarque very early into my German learning and had minimal problems with the language. Pick up simply anything that you are interested in, it's just like in your own language, you will have the most from a book you enjoy reading. I would kinda recommend reading something that you've already read in your own language. That would help you with the story line and you could concentrate on the language.

    [deactivated user]

      Thanks for the advice. Very helpful.


      (Shameless plug alert!) You are welcome to read my book "From America...nach Deutschland." I co-authored it with another learner and native German speaker on Duolingo. It is available on Amazon - https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01CEK3TQ0/

      It is written in a manner so as to give you just enough context of what is happening as you read in both German and English. You start in English and increase till a chapter is 100% in German. It also uses a lot of words that were learnt during the Duolingo course.

      I hope you read and enjoy it. Leave us a review if you're able, and thank you. :)

      [deactivated user]

        No worries about the shameless plug. Your book sounds great and I'll definitely look into it.

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        Well, in 4th grade I had a reading level that tested at college level. 4th graders can read pretty advanced stuff. Do you buy the books online or download them into an E-reader? I am curious.

        [deactivated user]

          That made me feel better about not understanding Eine Kleine Hexe. I bought the book so that I could mark up the margins with notes.


          Have you read the other 5 books in the André Klein series?

          [deactivated user]

            I plan to. I wanted to jump into something more challenging - sort of like trying to run before you can walk. I think I'l stick with walking for a while.


            Oh, that makes sense. The series does get a little bit tougher as you proceed, especially in the last 4 books. (I forgot, there are 8, not 6!) I thought the author did a good job of gradually amping up the difficulty. It's all still pretty easy, but those were the first German-language books I'd read and they definitely made it easier to tackle harder material. (Back when I was studying French I read most of André Gide's "The Immoralist" with a dictionary before I'd even learned most of the basics of the language... It was actually a pretty amazing experience in some ways, but not very useful for learning French. It feels a bit ridiculous to read very simplistic texts, but it does help you build a more natural approach to reading in a foreign language.)


            (OMG, I just noticed your profile pic. A+!)

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