https://www.duolingo.com/ned_kelly

German stories

The German stories series are an absolutely excellent teaching and learning medium. They are both entertaining and gently challenging. As the series progresses, would it be possible to have some stories that are excerpts from German literature, both classical and modern? The most recent set contains a story called Der Jäger, which I suspect comes from German literature. More stories like that would be ausgezeichnet!

April 17, 2018

10 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/NEMESISOFNEMESIS

I agree. Great idea!

April 17, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/exp271828
  • 25
  • 15
  • 7
  • 7
  • 6

I like the idea also - the only concern I could think of might be associated with copyrights. And yes, I DEFINITELY like the stories!

April 17, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/hanspersson
  • 25
  • 25
  • 15
  • 12
  • 9
  • 7
  • 6
  • 5
  • 4
  • 2
  • 2
  • 2
  • 660

Just pick stories where the author has been dead for at least 70 years and then copyright won't be an issue.

April 18, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/MandoLlama

But then you might have issues with the spelling of it. I may be wrong, but I heard after WWII the german language was revised, especially in matters of spelling. This might make it confusing for someone still learning.

April 19, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/ParPortas
  • 11
  • 8
  • 7
  • 7
  • 7
  • 6
  • 2

For Copyright the GEMA can tell what is free if someone asks there. Spelling? In Germany was a reform in the 90s we now use for example the "ß" only there where it was before if the sound is long like in "Straße" (Street) but it is also accepted if someone uses the old Style if it is not in business or Abitur. If someone want to use the old way of writing German it should be completely. Mixed is not truely accepted here. In school we still read old texts too without correcting them. There is a respect for another time included. Especially literature that became famous like from Gottfried Ephrahim Lessing, von Goethe, Thomas Mann, Schiller, Gerhard Hauptmann, Berthold Brecht and some more

April 20, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/Callum821902

ja ich habe die katze

April 20, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/DylanCunni12

Katzen seid perfekt.

April 20, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/ParPortas
  • 11
  • 8
  • 7
  • 7
  • 7
  • 6
  • 2

is a little bit more difficult in German: Katzen sind perfekt. "seid" is used in majestic third-person plural and nowadays with the 2nd person in plural. For example: "Ihr seid Katzen" or "Ihr Katzen seid perfekt"

April 20, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/DylanCunni12

Danke

April 20, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/0gik1

I've just tried the stories for the first time and they were fantastic! What a fabulous surprise and I'm only a beginner ... Excellent work DL.

May 28, 2018
Learn German in just 5 minutes a day. For free.