Reading My First German Books

In an attempt to improve my German, I’m starting once more to make an effort to read German children’s books.  Last week, I read my first proper books in German.  Yes, they are still children’s books, but I’ve graduated from picture books to books with chapters!

Reading these books still require me to look up words on almost every page, but I figure this is as good a start as any to improving my German.  Maybe one day I’ll be able to read a book designed for a 6 year old without needing to look up any words. Until that day, it will take approximately 30 minutes to read a 40 page book that only has a few sentences per page.

I went to the library last weekend and got a massive stack of books for me to read over the Xmas/New Year holiday break.  Already, I’ve ‘burned’ through two of them.

I also got some audio books to help improve with my atrocious listening skills.

I’ve started a brand new page on my blog to record all the books I’ve read in German to either encourage or shame me into reading in German more regularly. If you are also at the same point at learning German that I’m at, it might also provide a good guide for suitable books to read.

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About Meg

A thirty something queer Aussie geek girl who now lives in Germany.
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4 Responses to Reading My First German Books

  1. Brilliant idea! Once you get up to the next stage – there is a Science Fiction series you might want to take a look at, the Perry Rhodan series.

  2. Kell says:

    That’s actually a great idea. Good luck!

  3. Nice one. I did that a lot myself at the beginning. Was a big help, and I still remember where I learned certain words…like “Schrank” in this book about pirates. Good luck!

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