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

Easy German books for beginners.

Hallo Leute! I found a book series on Amazon that is easy to read and i thought i'd share it with you folks: the " Learn German With Stories" series by André Klein.

The books are divided into ten short stories and are written with simple sentence structure and vocabulary. Many words and phrases are in bold and the definitions are given at the end of each chapter. I read "Café in Berlin," the first of a 3-book series for beginners, and i've started the second (Klein has a Mystery series that is listed for intermediate and advanced readers if you're more advanced than I am).

I was surprised how well i was able to understand the story, and even though there were times when the basic sentences had me feeling like i was reading a book for 3rd graders, I'll be honest: it's best to start simple and it didn't frustrate me. I learned a lot, and I was so happy that I was actually able to read and understand a story written in German. I hope you can do the same!

May 10, 2014

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

Great idea and here's the link to the author's site: http://learnoutlive.com/learn-german-on-kindle-with-free-books/ It contains links to the beginner, intermediate and advanced series' as well as other resources for learning German through stories.

May 10, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Hansi29125

Thanks for the link, I like these books. They are very nice for improving your reading comprehension. If you want to improve your grammar as well, I could recommend the stories from https://www.easygermangrammarstories.de/en-gb/buecher/ They are also easy to read and come with translations, grammar explanations, tests and free audio.

March 5, 2018

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

$3 US for digital. not bad. Thx! It's right at my level.

May 10, 2014

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

i'm glad, i hope you enjoy it!

May 10, 2014

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

Thanks! Heres a lingot.

May 10, 2014

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

Thanks!

May 10, 2014

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

I found these as well and just finished Cafe in Berlin. I agree with you they are fabulous books and because a lot of the words are in past tense, I was learning what I felt was more realistic sentences.

May 12, 2014

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

You can also find these books on youtube as audio books: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vUXcYTjINtI

And...is someone wiling to upload these books? They are quite expensive for me (student), and they have only a few pages - I would be really glad for that.

March 22, 2016

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

http://www.dw.com/en/learn-german/s-2469 - gazillion articles, videos, audio and etc for the ones who want to learn German!

October 30, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Turtle492

That sounds great. Does anyone know of something similar in Spanish, by any chance?

May 10, 2014

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

Maybe Rafael Pombo, I grew reading it and it was very easy. I'm not too eager to drop many names because many authors use colloquial language A LOT, get into Tomás Carrasquilla or Manuel Mejía Vallejo if you want to know what I'm talking about. I would recommend you to read translations in spanish of books you have already read in your native tounge.

Also, if you have a particular taste in books, let me know so I could recommend you something more specific.

Edit: Look at this video, it explains my point in a funny way: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4LjDe4sLER0

May 11, 2014

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

also books by Paco Ardit for Spanish learners. He books at levels form A1 to B2.

March 6, 2018

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

thanks!

May 10, 2014

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

Wunderbar. Danke!

May 10, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/pconn062

Ja, Ich habe diese Buecher, sie sind toll! :)

May 10, 2014

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

Found those books too. They are good.

May 11, 2014

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

while learning a new langugage most important thing for me is reading so your comment is so benefitial for beginner level learners who struggle to how to success it!

May 11, 2014

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

I'm glad i could help! Most of the German i know is from Duolingo and i was able to read it. While there were still a lot of words i didn't know, the definitions the author givees and an online dictionary filled in what i couldn't figure out from the context. I hope it will help you too!

May 12, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/trota..rutto

Ok I was just looking for something like that.. I will try and post my opinions

May 12, 2014

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

thanks dear

May 12, 2014

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Mahuora1

Hi, many thanks for this share. unfortunately i can't use these books for that we have not in Iran any relation with other banks! because we are in sanction. do you know other way to achieve these books? i'm so interested in read them. with best regards Orkideh

May 13, 2014

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

I am so sorry for how the sanctions are affecting individual citizens instead of the government targetted. I think you can listen to them on youtube and read along or alternatively, Nachrichtenleicht is a website with simply worded German news which is easy to read and learn from. Reading the news in your chosen language is often really good for getting to know practical language too for discussing current affairs:) Hope things get better in Iran for you.

June 29, 2018

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

Just purchased it after reading your post. Thanks! Sounds like a good way to polish a beginner's skills.

May 14, 2014

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

Thank you dude.

May 14, 2014

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

I really find this book helpful, danke schoen. Anyway, is there any suggested books for beginners you have found? Thanks once again

April 7, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ofk88

Here is an iphone, ipad app with simple German books:

https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/german-reading-books-for-beginners/id1011987105?ls=1&mt=8

French, English and Spanish versions are also available here http://languagereadingbooks.com/

July 14, 2015

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

Thanks for this suggestion. I've tried searching for these types of books on my own and had no luck. I've reviewed but not read these yet. I suggested them to my German professor as he was looking for something to accompany the texts for our level 3 class and loved these. I look forward to reading them.

July 15, 2015

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

Thanks, SethFriday! These are also available on Oyster, which is like Netflix for books. There's a 30 day free trial (psssst, use my referral link: https://www.oysterbooks.com/invite/john-bohannon). Or just Google it.

July 25, 2015

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    Cool! That sounds amazing. Maybe I'll give it a try. I have been learning Duolingo for about a year and I notice when I see things I can easily say them in German and I can say little things to people. I really like the language and hope that these books can really boost my learning skills. Thanks so much!

    January 8, 2016

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/gastonrebecca01

    Danke.

    January 25, 2016

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/gabby17131

    Danke sehr. I am trying to learn and have actually been looking for some beginners books in order to learn more vocabulary and more about sentence structures. :)

    March 10, 2016

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

    Oh this is great! I'm going to order them now.

    March 21, 2016

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

    I just came across this post and ordered the first book. I hope to be able to read it in a month or two! Thank you :)

    June 19, 2016

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/JoAnnJoJo1

    Many thanks for your advise just placed an order for "Cafe in Berlin"

    July 16, 2016

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

    thanks a lot

    July 25, 2016

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

    yey

    October 11, 2016

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/LukeH141670

    regenbogenfisch buch is sehr einfach !

    I actually went to watch my girlfriends child perform in a regenbogenfisch kindergarden show in switzerland and was amazed with how much of it I understood. maybe the audio book is on youtube

    November 6, 2016

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Agabe15

    great thanks!

    December 25, 2016

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Lorraine320204

    Dankeschon. I will check into this series. One has to start somewhere!

    June 12, 2017

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

    Hello! I know i am reading and responding to this in the future, but this is great!

    July 3, 2017

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

    Very kind of you to share. Thanks!!!!!

    November 12, 2017

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

    Thanks Seth. I've read Cafe in Berlin and thoroughly enjoyed it. I plan to buy the mystery series nevt.

    June 3, 2018

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Zara430873

    Thanks but i can only read German books that have English subtitles.I was wondering if you know the email address of dulingo as i want to suggest that they add subtitles to their German stories.

    June 28, 2018

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

    http://tinyurl.com/n6r8klp Here is an Amazon link to free German ebooks, which is great if you have an ereader.

    May 15, 2014
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