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Learn German by reading: 11 german stories for beginners - German Learning

Learn German by reading: 11 german stories for beginners to expand your vocabulary and improve your language skills

Learn German by reading: 11 german stories for beginners - German Learning


Do you ever wish you could learn German by reading your favorite books? Believe it or not, reading is one of the most valuable (and often overlooked) activities in language learning.

It is easy to let yourself be seduced by the opportunity to practice German or to struggle for hours through German television programs or films. But none of these activities will likely have as much of an impact on your knowledge of German as reading.

If you learn German and forget to invest valuable reading time, you are making a big mistake. But I'm not talking about reading textbooks here, a fairly real language material that will familiarize you with everyday written language.

You may be resilient at first, knowing that you don't understand certain grammar and vocabulary. But you shouldn't let that put you off.

Reading short, compelling stories or interesting articles on topics that you enjoy greatly strengthens your language skills and helps you to develop extensive knowledge of German vocabulary and German grammar.

In this article, I will give you some tips on how to start reading in German without getting involved with unknown words and confusing grammar. So let's get to the book recommendations right away.

11 great german stories for beginners pdf free 

Of course, as a beginner or advanced, you probably don't want to start reading stories by german stories for beginners.

Instead, try short stories and other simple books. You should still offer challenges, but it shouldn't be that difficult that you don't understand anything.

Stories should also force you to read and include interesting actions. The more you lose yourself in the story, the more you focus on the meaning and not on the grammar of the unknown words.

1. German reading practice with the story: PREGO!

A good night story by Marc Heinrich

designed by Thea Schöntaube

It was somewhere by the sea in Italy in the early summer. Carolin always found it boring
just lying in the sun or building sand castles. She much preferred to sit up the stairs in front of the beach cafe, sucked ice and fed the ants with them Crumble the ice cream cone.


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2. German reading practice with the story: Das Buchstabenmonster

A story by Sophie Rutke

Once upon a time, there was a letter monster called Alpi. It looked shaggy and
had black fur. It wore purple slippers on its feet. Raised once a year the letter monster from its cave. It set off that To visit children in elementary school to teach them the alphabet.


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3. German reading practice with the story: Das Geburtstagsgeschenk

A story by Elizabeth Shaws

Tasks of Christine Raese

A long, long time ago, ancient signage lives in a distant forest
Name Liesel.
Today was a completely different day, her 170th birthday and Liesel was happy
very many, because they had all their friends at a big birthday party invited.


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4. German reading practice with the story: Das kleine ICH BIN ICH

designed by Mandy Herzog

A small animal takes a walk on the colorful flower meadow and wanders between
green stalks, wandering under large palm trees, happy that the birds are singing,
is happy about the butterflies, is happy that it can be happy. But then...


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5. German reading practice with the story: Das schönste Geschenk

written and designed by Monika Haidan

In a distant, unknown country lived in a beautiful castle a little princess named Shari. She was loved by everyone, mostly but from their parents. Almost every day she got some nice presents.
But often she was sad because most of the time she was alone. The king and queen had to travel a lot through their kingdom and Shari were allowed to not yet with. Shari didn't have any friends either because she never came out of the great walls of the castle.

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6. German reading practice with the story: Der goldene Schlüssel

A fairy tale by the Brothers Grimm

in winter, when there was deep snow, a poor boy had to go out and get wood on a sled. As he is now had searched and charged, because he was so frozen, do not go home yet, but first, light the fire and join warm a bit. Then he scraped away the snow and, like him, the ground cleaned up, he found a small golden key.


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7. German reading practice with the story: Der kleine Bär hat Bauchweh

designed by Susanne Schulze

The little bear is traveling alone today. The first thing he does is visit his friend, the
Frog. Together they romp and bounce around in the stream until they finally tired of falling into the soft moss. The two rest there for a while out. But then the little bear's stomach growls.


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8. German reading practice with the story: Der kleine Marienkäfer sucht einen Freund

By Nicole Naumann

Once upon a time, there was a little ladybug called Marini. He was very sad because
he had no friends to play with. One day when he was flying through the sky then he wanted to rest on a flower. There he sat and suddenly heard one vote! He was startled because he didn't know where that voice came from. He saw around and could not discover anything.


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9. German reading practice with the story: Die kleine Seejungfrau

A fairy tale based on Hans Christian Andersen

designed by Claudia Eckert

Once upon a time, there was a little mermaid and she was the youngest and most graceful
of the six daughters of the sea king. One day the little mermaid lies on the bedrock and watches a young prince on a ship and falls in love with him. In a storm, the ship and the little mermaid sink save the prince ashore.


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10. German reading practice with the story: Mondnacht

A poem by Joseph von Eichendorff
designed by Grit Nebelung
It was like heaven
Kissed the earth silently,
That she's in the sheen of flowers
Must dream of him now...

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11. German reading practice with the story: Frederick die Maus

designed by Kira Westphal

It was autumn on the poppy field. The field mice were busy and eager. They collected nuts, cereal grains, sunflower seeds, and many other goodies together. They wanted to build up a large supply so they didn't starve in the cold winter. They also collected soft moss and fragrant hay from Bauer's barn to be soft and had it.


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