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Subject: German books?
Date Posted: 1/9/2008 1:33 PM ET
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I'm interested in learning some German, but I don't want to get in over my head. Is there a good "beginners" book? Which German-English dictionary is the best? Does anyone have a Bible or New Testament in German (or German-English)? I do NOT want German script! (I'm a total beginner. Total.)

 

Any recommendations would be appreciated. Thanks!

Date Posted: 1/10/2008 2:01 AM ET
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I`ve got quite a few German books listed on my shelf and instantly I can think of three books which might be, depending on the topic, of interest to you. The used language is pretty easy. They are called "Christophers Tod" , "Vier Jahre Hoelle und zurueck" and "Ich war seine kleine Prinzessin". All the other books are novels.

Take a look here: http://www.librarything.com/catalog/Sleepy26177

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Date Posted: 1/22/2008 12:44 PM ET
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I have a Pearl S. Buck book in german on my shelf.  Since it's a german translation, you might be able to find the same book (the mother) in english also. 

I found "German in 10 minutes a day" a good way to start with basic basics, and I also like Pimsleur (sp?) audio tapes.  I'm not very gifted with languages though.  I can tell you that there's really no such thing as german "script;" they use almost the same "roman" letters we do with very few variations.

 

Date Posted: 1/28/2008 1:56 PM ET
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Script isn't the right word... I have seen some very old German printing that was unreadable to me. Maybe it was just some kind of fancy font they used... it was in a very old (100+ years) German Bible.

 

I have been using the Berlitz Self-Teacher and found it just about my speed. I'm currently using a library copy, so if anyone has one they'd like to share.. I have it wishlisted. I'll take any edition, paperback or hardback. Thanks for your suggestions, as well!

Date Posted: 2/1/2008 3:13 PM ET
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Jeannie, this sounds like Suetterlin, a handwriting German speaking countries used in the first half of the century. Most Germans canīt read this type of writing today. I know my parents canīt read it but my Grandma could. I can read and write it because she taught it to me and left me hundreds of books written in Suetterlin. :-)
Date Posted: 2/8/2008 12:16 PM ET
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Thanks for the information! Like I said, I'm a total beginner. I guess I don't have to worry unless I get really old books. :)