https://www.duolingo.com/AmberjackCZ

I have just finished my first book in German! Thank you, Duolingo!

My native language is Czech and I am obviously able to communicate comprehensively in English, but I've been learning German since I-do-not-know-when with shorter or longer breaks. For instance, I've relearned basics in short span of time before my vacation in Austria and Switzerland few years ago and then forgot most of it, you know how it goes...

I am approaching the end of German tree. Slowly, but steadily. As a supplementary resource I grabbed a book in German and now...it has been read! :-)

July 29, 2018

43 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/Raisinnoir

Hi AmberjackCZ, as an American who once lived in Berlin, I found your post interesting. Although I haven't spoken German fopr years, Duolingo has been a great refresher course for me. I read German very often to keep the language fresh in my mind. A book that might interesr you is "Knulp" by Hermann Hesse. It's a short story about a German vagabond. Alles Gute!

July 29, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/AmberjackCZ

Thank you for your tip! I am of course interested in German literature. But for now I am sticking to the terrain I know pretty well. I am going to read Harry Potter series, The Lord of the Rings, The Song of Ice and Fire and so on. Until I get that language into my blood :-)

July 29, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/jimo54

So glad to read your story. Like Raisinnoir, I'm an American who lived in Berlin (and elsewhere in Germany), for many years. When I visited Prague for a week a few years ago, I'd planned to get around using German. I'd assumed from talking to old friends and reading Milan Kundera that I'd get along just fine with German in the Czech Republic. Sadly, for me at least, this was not the case. I somehow muddled through with English, where this was possible. Maybe next time I'll have more luck? Or maybe learn some Czech in the meantime!

July 29, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/AmberjackCZ

Yeah, German is not a language to use in here. English is crushing everything (but not everyone is close to be at least somehow fluent). It hadn't been it always this way. German once was really widespread in Czech Republic, but its using diminished. Although it is very valuable (Czech Republic is the only non-German speaking country having border with both Austria and Germany) and widely requested by employers.

July 29, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/gSY55q97

Hi Amberjack, which book did you read, if I may ask?

July 29, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/AmberjackCZ

Harry Potter und der Stein der Weisen :-)

July 29, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/KaptianKaos8

Würden Sie sagen, dass es ein guten Buch für Anfängern zu lesen ist? (Would you say it's a good book for beginners to read?)

July 29, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/AmberjackCZ

Es war sehr schwer für mich...

But I like challenges. Now I've ordered next three Harry Potter books. I will force that language into my brain :-)

July 29, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/jimo54

"I will force that language into my brain." That's my new motto. ;-)

July 29, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/Robert434576

My one friend used to say, "You know how you force five gallons of beer down? One sip at a time! I think, that's how you'll force the words into your brain - one sip at a time.

July 31, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/Max.Em

Prost und wohl bekomm's! ;-)

August 1, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/Karlsenski

I think it depends on how much of a beginner you are. Any German book that isn't aimed at 1st grade and below will be difficult for someone in the A levels to read. Although Harry Potter does have some advantages. It's aimed at a younger audience, but the language isn't dumbed down, so it's much better practice than using strictly material for language learners. It's even better if you've already read the book in English, because then you'll have context for what's going on, so it should be easier to learn new words from it. Definitely try it if you have the chance. Worst case, you'll have the book, and can come back to it later after some more months of learning.

July 30, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/LeeGOgletree

If I can get through and enjoy Grimms' tales (at least some of them), I might be ready for Potter.

July 30, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/LeeGOgletree

As a beginner, I'm reading "Der Doppelte Prinz," by Daniela Ackermann. It's a children's book, but at over 100 pages, it still qualifies as a book to me. Then I want to try Grimms' Fairy Tales.

July 30, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/gSY55q97

: )

July 29, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/kay.lee.831

I'VE BEEN READING THAT!!!!!!!!!!

July 29, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/gSY55q97

Hence the name draco? : )

July 30, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/GedG150

Ha ha a true classic :) I remember when I started to read Dutch books the first one of mine was Goblet of Fire :) Good luck with your further studies

July 30, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/Maria400491

Ich liebe dieses Buch!

July 30, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/RDarini

Congrats! ;)

July 29, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/case02

What kind of book was it, and what was the title?

July 30, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/Aida81967

where can we finded your book?:)

July 30, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/Poseidon030

Congratulations! I have finished three-or four- books in Portuguese:)

August 1, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/Max.Em

Das freut mich für Dich. Ich glaube, Harry Potter ist gut geeignet. Es sind Jugendbücher und die Übersetzung ist modernes, aber nicht zu schwieriges Deutsch. Auf der anderen Seite sind sie auch für Erwachsene nicht zu albern und vermitteln kein "Kinderbuchdeutsch".

August 1, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/jerezpj

Congrats AmberjackCZ for reaching your goals.

July 29, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/Fluffy-Dasher

Great job!! I bet you feel like a king now :D

July 29, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/AmberjackCZ

Glad to hear that! I wish you that your inner fire for language learning (and also other things) never burns out :-)

July 29, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/Kveldulfr

Congratulations! What was the book if you don't mind asking? have you been learning extra German vocabulary from somewhere other than Duolingo, or did you need a dictionary to help you get through it (or maybe the vocab here on duo was enough idunno)?

July 30, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/AmberjackCZ

Harry Potter und der Stein der Weisen :-)

I needed a common sense, my previous knowledge (I've read the book both in Czech and English and seen the movie) and yes, I needed dictionary for some words. But to be honest, I haven't been translating everything. Sometimes I just left the sentence and moved on.

July 30, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/ericmendes17

congrats!

July 30, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/kristel64295

I am losing my motivation, unlike when I first started my German tree :( May I ask how do you keep going?

July 30, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/AmberjackCZ

Just a few XPs a day. 10 is okay, really. And I grabbed that book and just go through it. I didn't understand everything, but I fought on. And now it is behind me and I have read a few first pages of Das Lied von Eis und Feuer (which I've also read in Czech and English) and it is easier this time!

That's my motivation! And yes, now I got 70 XPs on Duo. Tomorrow it may be only 10, who knows, but I keep going.

July 30, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/kristel64295

Great! Thanks dear, this helps alot.

August 2, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/jimo54

Keep your eyes on the prize, as they say. Think about why you want to learn German. Then picture yourself successfully communicating in your target language, whether it's speaking to people, reading a Harry Potter (or any other) book, listening to radio or watching TV in that language. This approach has worked very well for me. And, as AmberjackCZ suggests, try hard to do a bit every day.

I initially set my goal at 50 XPs per day, but now I routinely do hundreds a day. Of course, my next flight to Spain leaves in under three weeks. That's my prize.

July 30, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/kristel64295

Appreciate this, thanks, pal! Consistency is the key and my aim is to re-visit Austria and explore the city speaking German! Inshallah, next year I will, wishawishwishwish

August 2, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/Maria400491

gut gemacht! das muss sehr lustig gewesen sein.

July 30, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/w1ndh0ek

That's awesome, now you should start thinking about the 2nd one :P

July 31, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/BrunoJonat7

Congratulations Amber :) very good

July 31, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/RoseC543

Excellent! Congratulations.

August 1, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/MichM3

Das ist eine tolle Leistung! Ich hab eine deutsche Übersetzung von Harry Potter auf dem Bücherregal, die ich noch nicht gelesen hab. Dein Post hat mich daran erinnert, weiter zu machen. :)

August 6, 2018

[deactivated user]

    I have you 2 Lingots give

    August 12, 2018

    https://www.duolingo.com/JTqpPI

    Nice, if you are looking for other book ideas, you might want to look for reclam published books. They are kind of like the USA's pocket library publisher lots of quality books in german. My impetous for learning was in part pushed by receiving some as a gift.

    September 11, 2018
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