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Graded German Reader: Erste Stufe (World Languages) 3rd Edition
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If you are taking German classes but aren't yet able to pick up a book and read then this is the perfect way to get you to that point. I read through it at various points in German 2 and I feel that it helped me greatly when I was learning German.
Also helpful to get fluent at reading German are comic books and children's books in German: Tim und Struppi=Tintin, Asterix=Asterix (but try to crudely translate a specific title into German and search for it ie Asterix und Cleopatra instead of Asterix and Cleopatra), Akira=Akira(but its mostly cussing and cool art, so not so helpful for German anyway), etc Basically find a popular English book that is at your German reading level (underestimate when in doubt) and try to find the German translation here. Buy one book from a German publisher and write away for a catalog of similar books, or look through promotional info in the back pages of the book. Then when you have more money for books you will know what you are getting into better.
It takes a while to get used to the approach, and it takes repetition of material in order to get down all the words, but personally I was pleasantly surprized with positive results.
The selections may strike some users as rather juvenile, and in previous editions this effect was increased by the illustrations and layout. However, if the reader isn't snobbishly sensitive to this sort of thing, they're really very tolerable for adults.
This book goes back quite a long way. As you will see from the details, this 3rd edition was published by an entity calling itself "Cengage". "Cengage" is a subroutine of the publishing monstrosity still (I think) calling itself "Gale", originating in the Detroit MSA and which has specialized in the library and academic market. They began by producing directories and bloodless cut and paste stuff, then graduated to buying small publishing products of proven popularity and value, sometimes raising the price two or three hundred percent, sometimes meddling with the format or content in a way that inevitably worsened it, then, sometimes, deleting the result. So we have it here.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Fantastic way to learn. Using this, plus a few phone apps seems to be working well; it gets you into the language very quickly.Published 7 months ago by Karma
Excellent German reader! Easy to use for personal language growth or as a classroom add-on. Wonderful, and very helpful book. Read morePublished 12 months ago by windchild93
Excellent way to read at elementary level. Learn by descriptions in German using vocabulary you understand. Enfertaining, too.Published 18 months ago by Joseph Bashore
Not much to add to all the other reviews. Starts very easy and works it way to harder material. All the vocabulary is listed so you don't have to spend hours looking up every... Read morePublished on November 8, 2013 by Buzznut3000
THIS BOOK SUCKS.
I hate German class
If you like German, buy it.
If not, don't
1/5 would not bang
This is the easiest way to learn to read German that I have ever come across. It starts with related words that anyone can easily recognize. Read morePublished on May 19, 2013 by Sunshine Heart
This collection of German Readings was just what I needed--initially
used many cognates and elementary grammar structure. Read more
Because this book is very small, I was a bit concerned about the purchase when it first arrived. But this book has proved very valuable to my understanding of the German language. Read morePublished on January 9, 2011 by Rastyk