When I learn a language I try to read in this language a lot. I noticed that it really helps me to learn a lot of vocab. And it always makes me happy to recognize the words I learned through a book outside of the book later on.
Here are some of my recommendations to read in German, that I always recommend to my students.
Of course it’s easy to get frustrated if you start with a book that is way beyond your level. But there are so many (good) books out there for German Learners that have an adapted level or some help with difficult vocab at the bottom of each page.
- Short Stories. There is a lot of different books (e.g. this one on amazon) with German Short Stories. I love to read those because they are way more manageable then starting with a whole book.
- Bilingual books. They usually have the left page in German, and the right page in English (or the other way round). They are amazing, because if there’s any sentence you don’t understand, just peek on the other side. The biggest publisher for this type of books that I know is “DTV zweisprachig”. Here’s a list of their books. They have different levels to choose and a variety from crime stories, short stories, Alice in Wonderland or Benjamin Button and so on. You might like especially “Germany and the awful German Language” from Mark Twain
- True stories. I love to read books about things that actually happened so I learn something about the culture or the historical background, too. My favs in German, that are also made for German Learners (here for an A2/B1 level) are: “Sophie Scholl. Die weiße Rose”, about siblings that were part of an anti-nazi movement and “Albert Einstein”.
- NachrichtenLeicht. A great and free homepage, that gets updated once a week. It covers the most recent German news, cultural topics and even sports - everything made for Level A2 - B2.
- Deutsche Welle. Most recent German news, updated everyday and very detailed. I’d recommend it from Level B1/B2 on.
“Deutsch Perfekt” is by far my fav magazine to learn German. It always covers very interesting and up to date topics, combined with lots of cultural background. It’s published once a month and has texts marked as A2, B1 or B2/C1. The most important / difficult words are underlined in the text and you can find them (explained in German, so you stay in the language!) at the bottom of the page.
What do you enjoy reading?
I’m very curious about what you guys like to read!