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Faust on Duolingo!

Hello everyone!

A while ago, I decided to start uploading the entire work of Faust on Immersion. Today is the day of upload lucky number 13 (technically 14 counting the prologue), and I figured that it would be a good time to actually post about it. If you're starting to learning German, chances are that you've seen these uploads, because Duolingo regularly recommends them to beginners. If you frequent Immersion, you've probably seen them as well. At least now you'll know what all the fuss is about :)

What is Faust?

Faust is a play by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, divided into two parts. Faust is one of the most famous and beloved works in Germany, and though it is rarely acted out on stage in its entirety, it boasts some of the highest audience numbers for German stage productions for its adaptations. The reason why it's rarely acted out in its entirety is because it's just so long- one adaptation of the entire play spanned 21 hours, with intermissions. Basically, it's a big deal, and on the same level of the works of Shakespeare.

What is Faust about?

The devil, named Mephistopheles, makes a bet with God that he can corrupt God's favorite human, Heinrich Faust. Faust is a man who seeks infinite knowledge, and though he studies constantly, he only seems to slip further and further away from his goal. Mephistopheles appears, and in a way that can only be described as "making a deal with the devil", offers his assistance for a price. You'll have to read it to find out what happens next ;)

Are you allowed to upload this?

I am 100%, no doubt, completely sure that I am allowed to upload this, as this work is in the public domain and will never come out of the public domain.

Would I like Faust?

If you like Shakespeare, classic literature, translating German, operas, plays, or drama, romance, good and evil, or poodles that transform into the devil, then you'll love this! If you like the Phantom of the Opera, V for Vendetta, Death Note, Kuroshitsuji (Black Butler), Tenacious D, Puella Magi Madoka Magica, or even Bohemian Rhapsody, then you'll love this, as they incorporate some elements of Faust!

Why should I help translate it?

There are many reasons why you should help translate it! First of all, it's a lot of fun to translate. Second of all, you're translating a great work of German literature. With that comes the added bonus of encountering new words that you might not have seen before, as sentences range from very advanced to easy for beginners. Thirdly, you get to read a masterpiece. There are a lot of Wikipedia articles on Immersion, and they're good and all, but they aren't nearly at the level of quality that you'll get with Faust. Plus, you'll get to look like a scholar when you tell your friends you're translating a classic work of German literature.

How can I help?

Translate and proofread sentences! Every little effort counts!

Where can I find all the uploads of Faust?


Part 1

Part 2

Part 3

Part 4

Part 5

Part 6

Part 7

Part 8

Part 9

Part 10

Part 11

Part 12

Part 13

Part 14

Part 15

Part 16

Part 17

Part 18

Part 19

Part 20

Part 21

Part 22

Viel SpaƟ!

September 25, 2014



I purchased a paperback copy of Faust a few years ago but in English. I suppose now I can try to read it in its original language. Pretty cool ;)


I cannot open any of these files. 404 Not Found The resource could not be found.

Does anybody know, what is problem. I would really like to develop my german through this masterpiece.




You're welcome! :D It's really no problem, I'm glad you like it!


I saw a silent movie adaptation of Faust some years ago. It is an amazing work of art and you're awesome for doing this.


I have wanted to read Faust for a very long time, and now you have made my goal much easier for me by putting it onto Duolingo. Thanks a million!


You're welcome! No problem! That's a great goal, by the way ;)


I've enjoyed translating a little bit of it so far but man is it daunting. I look forward to the next uploads.


I just can't believe it with my own eyes, somebody actually cared about classics. thank you :) ... I always wanted to upload this masterpiece which is so close to my heart.

both Hamlet and Faust are of the same level of quality and deal with an intellectual life concerns. you did right to compare Goethe to Shakespeare.


You're not the only one! Faust is something I care about very much, and I agree, it's an absolute masterpiece.

I do see a lot of Hamlet in Faust (not the characters, the stories, although the two have some overlapping elements), one of the main difference being that Faust is much, much, much, much longer. If I was uploading Hamlet, I would probably be done by now. I'm 3/4 of the way through the erster Teil and currently bracing myself for part two.

Thank you so much!


glad we're from the same faith! lol ... have you read "wisdom of life" by Schopenhauer? (a complementary work to Faust) usually Schopenhauer's works are down-to-earth, witty and straight compare to the ponderous, academic, ambiguous style of the German philosophy era.

underrated he were and still somehow is, he's a worshiping admirer of Goethe too, speaks with five or more languages now and then in his works and quotes a lot of other classical works. he's a gate to criticism of arts, powerful intellectual figures, revelation of human nature and proves how pessimism unfairly was alleged to have a negative connotation, while the truth is that there's always dark/negative side to everything which is not always "bad" nor always works against you, or it's just a simple acceptance of such existence which grants access to a higher level of a realistic, resilient, rational [spiritual] life.

...eerrrm, perhaps I'm reading too much into it. mistook duolingo for goodreads. lol ...anyway hope that helps. :)


I was so excited when I saw Faust up. A serious work of literature! And I can "read" quite a bit of it! It's really exciting when you realize that classics in another language are within your reach.


Thank you for sharing. I will have to go check it out. I am currently in the process of brushing up after taking German to the advanced level in college and remember that I had bought a dual-language, German-English version of Faust I have long been meaning to get to, which I had planned to do once I brushed up here. Thanks again. :)


I admire you for undertaking this ambitious task!


Thank you! Part two is what I really need the encouragement for, though :P


wow awesome. thanks for taking the time to get it all organized. great story.


Wow, thanks. It might be a long time before, I am able to read and understand that, but no matter, Ich wil.

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