Learn German with Stories: Dino lernt Deutsch Collector's Edition - Simple Short Stories for Beginners (5-8) (ドイツ語) ペーパーバック – 2017/7/16
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This collector’s edition comprises episodes 5-8 of the Dino lernt Deutsch story series for German learners: "Ahoi aus Hamburg", "Plötzlich in Palermo", "Walzer in Wien" and "Zurück in Zürich". With a fistful of German learning experiences under his belt Dino follows his heart's desire, visits friends and family back in his home country only to delve right back into the beautiful and bewildering world of Switzerland and Austria where German suddenly seems like a completely foreign language again ... Follow Dino on his adventures through four different European countries, immerse yourself in North Sea breezes, a Sicilian wedding, Viennese coffee culture, Swiss mountain air, and improve your German effortlessly along the way!
Although some members of my family are native German speakers, I am not. I have a very good German vocabulary, and can usually follow along, but natural conversations in German move too quickly for me to comfortably participate. I am always a sentence or two behind the German speakers, trying to figure things out. It can be exhausting.
Reading Dino's adventures has helped me recognize present tense, past tense, proper verb placement, etc. I started to actually "think" in German. The stories are engaging (not "Dick and Jane" style), and I enjoyed Dino's travels through Germany, learning something new about each city along the way.
Could I read the books fast? No, not the first time through. I recommend reading the books all the way through, and then read them again. I was amazed how much more of the words, grammar and verb placement I understood (not just the story line), when I read it the second time. I started to get used to the natural "flow" of the language, not so interrupted by looking up translations. It really helped me and I plan to read more.
I bought the paper version having read some of the Kindle or ebook versions which have a textual problem in that many words are joined inadvertently together which is a pain for the novice like me.
The range of cities and personalities combined with an interesting, adult and at times humorous plot makes this a real winner for me. I love it and the glossaries are a treasure.
I have another reader for beginners which reminds me of my childhood in primary school; boring and unimaginative, like painting rocks while in prison. I don't want to read nursery school stories or abridged Grimm's fairytales which are always grim and dark.
I corresponded with the author, Andre Klein and -with his help- I have a database with all the vocabulary of everything I have so far read. Great for review practice!!
Finally, I strongly recommend that you get the audio files of these books. Then you can also hear the stories and practice pronouncing the new vocabulary and expressions. I normally read a chapter, work on vocabulary (I write in between the lines the English translation of the new German words), then hear it while I drive, then go back to read it again. A good reading comprehension test would be to wait a few weeks and then read it again WITHOUT the stuff I wrote between the lines, and see if I can remember the meaning of all those new vocabulary items. I think in the next 5 books I'm going to make a copy BEFORE I write on the pages. I do hope I'm not infringing on copyright issues with this methodological approach to my German studies!!
In short: Andre Klein has done a wonderful job with these materials. They are accessible to beginners, they teach us a lot AND they are great fun to read!!