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Short Stories in German / Erzählungen auf Deutsch (New Penguin Parallel Texts) Paperback – December 30, 2003
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I am a veteran of 4 semesters of college German and have occasionally used language CD's to review conversational German for trips abroad. I have struggled to watch movies like "Run Lola Run" or "Das Boot" auf Deutsch. However, the fact is that I am not very proficient in the language and could benefit from additional German reading matter. But the problem is sitting with the book in one hand and a German dictionary in the other hand, trying to decide which of several meanings of a word applies and then missing the colloquial sense of a phrase anyway.
So this volume has several things going for it. The stories are engaging. Because they are short, each provides a bitesize piece of reading and a sense of accomplishment when you finish. What I find works best for me is to read an entire paragraph in English to get a sense of where the story is going and then tackle it sentence by sentence in German, referring back to the translation as needed.
This seems to provide an ideal solution for me and conceivably will for others coming from a similar place. Certainly, one will need some background in German to provide the needed vocabulary.
This book needs a re-edit. To work the way it was intended, it should either alternate the German and English paragraphs, or be set up with bookmarks and chapters so the reader can click away and return easily.
The reviews for this book are apparently about a print version. I was grateful for the reviews because most of them are uncommonly informative and helpful. The author's introduction is compelling and I was looking forward to what appears to be an entertaining and thought provoking selection of stories.
If only the Penguin editors had taken similar pride in their work. This book is useless for its intended purpose. And no thanks to Amazon for failing to state the format that was reviewed.
To the relative beginner, the sentences are long, with complex words and sentence structure. I would say that your average native English speaker with high school diploma would be in the thick of it reading the English alone.
I intend to hang onto this book until I know a bit more. Until then, I'm considering picking up some children's books in German, to get the hang of more simple sentences. It's not that I haven't learned anything from this book, it's just too much, for now.
I enjoyed this book for the ability to increase my language proficiency in an entertaining mannger, and recommend it to anyone with intermediate proficiency (or greater).
See my list "Great German Books".
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I bought this book for my mother who speaks, reads, and writes in German. She said the stories were boring but that the book is helping her to understand English.Published 8 months ago by Marika Matyus
Great for both German and English students can highly recommend for general reading as wellPublished 10 months ago by joy-cee
As expected - as advertised - delivered in a timely manner...Published 13 months ago by VERNON PHILLIPS
Especially like the simplicity of parallel text without flipping page upon page.
Recommend for all beginners of the German language.
I thought this book was reasonably priced and it arrived well within the stated time. I would recommend this seller.Published on October 3, 2013 by Abbie Aylward
I chose this book to help me renew my ability to read German. Although the stories were slightly too depressing for my taste, the ability to read the translation and go back to... Read morePublished on February 19, 2013 by Eileen Johnson