- File Size: 855 KB
- Print Length: 108 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: learnoutlive.com; 4 edition (November 18, 2012)
- Publication Date: November 18, 2012
- Sold by: Amazon.com Services LLC
- Language: German
- ASIN: B00A9S263C
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Not Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #595,430 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
Learning German through Storytelling: Des Spielers Tod - a detective story for German language learners (includes exercises) for intermediate and advanced 4th Edition, Kindle Edition
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Idioms are translated in the vocabulary at the end into their English equivalents, rather than their literal translation. I would encourage readers to literally translate the German for themselves. It can be an insight into the thought process relating to the German language.
The one shortfall, and a minor one, that I have noticed is that when the nouns are defined at the end of each chapter, the definite article is not generally given. Sometimes the alert reader can figure it out, but it would be nice to have it in the vocabulary at the end.
Enter this book. It's just PERFECT for my level, and it's actually really fun to read. The writing is straightforward and good. Normally the "humor" in language textbooks is pretty awful, but the humorous passages in this book are actually funny. The chapters are short, so it's perfect for reading during a commute, or at other times when you've got just a few spare minutes. I'm definitely really thankful that this book is out there.
Plus it's kind of cool that this young guy seems to be writing and publishing a bunch of useful things independently. Thanks, man, and keep up the good work!
The story is not all that intricate.
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I bought the entire series for my boyfriend so he can practice his German; I had him first read a chapter aloud and then translate it sentence by sentence. We skipped the tests as I was focussing him on getting used to speaking and translating, but from a glance they were concentrating on useful parts of understanding the story correctly and getting the grammar right.
The stories are compelling and really funny, the characters and cases would not be out of place in a Tatort episode. Both of us really enjoyed reading about Baumgartners antics, and the stories touch on very German parts of life that gave me a great opportunity to explain some everyday aspects about German culture.
The dialogue is written the way real Germans would actually talk to each other, with appropriate colloquialisms and realistic responses. The chapters are a good length as well.
The level of writing is definitely advanced, especially because of the colloquialisms, but not too complicated. For all learners I would recommend to have a native German speaker on hand to explain some quirks of the German language or culture – for example the Germans make extensive use of filler words that can be quite confusing for English speakers.
Some quite specific words that I would have expected to be in the vocabulary lists were not included, but of course these days with a smartphone on hand you can always have an additional dictionary ready.
Absolutely worth every penny. Great way to learn some real German.
The stories are quite short which I like as it gives a feeling of achieving progress as you can get through each book quite quickly. They are reasonably funny too, but aren't likely to win too many literary awards.
A fantastic way to expand your German language skills though.