Learn German With Stories: Walzer in Wien: 10 Short Stories for Beginners (Dino Lernt Deutsch) (ドイツ語) ペーパーバック – 2016/5/4
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In the wake of the events of "Plotzlich in Palermo," Elisabeth lands a promising job in Vienna which comes with many perks but demands a lot of traveling, while Dino is left to his own devices. Pampered by Viennese "Gemutlichkeit" and slightly confused by yet another German dialect, he hangs around in coffeehouses until he saves the day for someone whose gratitude elevates him into a position of prestige and responsibility. Explore the Austrian capital, learn about Viennese coffee culture, local cuisine and improve your German effortlessly along the way.
As previously noted, this series of books fit my needs perfectly. The stories were moderately interesting while keeping the vocabulary manageable. The text was over-glossed a tad, but better that than under-glossed, particularly for anything approaching idiom. Chapter lengths were also "just-right", more than a few pages, but not so long that it became annoying to move back and forth to the glossary when necessary (I read on a Kindle). The stories also have a bit of a contemporary feel to them, as one of the sub-plots involves refugees. So five stars for me.
(By way of reference, my German study consists of one year of college courses (years ago), a couple community ed courses (also years ago) and, more recently, self study, probably putting me at present somewhere in the vicinity of a second (college) year student.)
I have read many of Mr Klein's books, and enjoyed them all. I hope he'll give us a new one soon.