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German Short Stories for Beginners

German Audio: Improve Your Reading and Listening Skills in German
Written by: My Daily German
Length: 6 hrs and 38 mins
Categories: Language Learning, German
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Publisher's Summary

Improve your German reading, pronunciation, and listening skills. Make learning new vocabulary so much easier with 10 fun and engaging German stories. 

Reading and listening to short stories is an effective and enjoyable method of learning German. 

For those of you who can't just slip away from life, travel to Germany, and immerse yourself in the language in order to learn it, this is your solution! Listening to native-spoken German stories is the next best thing. 

You have at your fingertips the audiobook that allows you to: 

  • Gain a greater vocabulary that you can use immediately, every day. You will add 1,500+ German words and expressions to your repertoire through the encounter of descriptive sentences and casual conversations woven throughout the stories.
  • Sharpen your comprehension of the spoken word by listening to a native German speaker. 
  • Learn how to pronounce German words properly.
  • Familiarize yourself with a wide range of grammar structures and put them to use today.
  • Avoid the monotonous task of memorizing grammar rules. How awesome is that?! 

Each story is recorded by a native German speaker at a natural speed for learners to understand what is being said. 

All stories are written using vocabulary that you could easily use in your day-to-day conversations.

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your My Library section along with the audio.

©2017 My Daily German (P)2017 My Daily German

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Great book for beginners!

It’s always hard to learn a new language, but I find that being able to listen and immerse yourself in the words is always the best way to approach it. This book really helps with that, and although the pace can be a little difficult to follow along with as a beginner, there explanations of words included in the last chapter. The more you follow along though, the easier it is to pick up on the words – after about 30 minutes I felt my confidence rising as I began to identify what was being said. It’s a great feeling to be able to learn a new skill, and this immersive book went a long way in helping me. Definitely worth recommending!”

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Not for beginners

This is definitely not for beginners- they’re just reading short stories and giving no context to what they’re saying. You have to follow along with the PDF, but the reason I get audiobooks is so I can listen while walking or exercising. Not good for this book.

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German brush up

I appreciate the fact that the audio book comes with a PDF where you can see what you listening. I have taken German on and off for a while and this was a great opportunity to brush up. I learned new words, phrases, correct conjugation. I also appreciate the repetition of words so as to recall the definition and it's usage.

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  • Jeremiah
  • 2017-09-24

Do it in a German way!

I tried books, school, and any other medium to learn at least “basic” German language and none of them caught my attention.

Tried this app, listened for a minute “thinking oh well I can give this a chance or something”, then another minute, and another, till I almost finished an hour!

I am a dynamic person and love to feel what I learn. The thing about this audio book makes it real, the narrators are good that as if they are beside you, although you cant see them but was able to visually describe things for you.

Will keep this on my phone!

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  • Juan Carlos Ortiz
  • 2017-09-26

Amazing Language Learning Tool

First audio book in my collection It's always been a bit hard to learn a language. This is a great way to learn German on the go. Speaker is easy to understand. He speaks the words at a regular conversation pace, and then slow enough so the listener hears which syllables to enunciate.

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  • Kristy Morgan
  • 2018-01-09

Great for learning and practicing German

Would you listen to German Short Stories for Beginners again? Why?

Yes, I've been listening to it regularly to help with my German.

What was one of the most memorable moments of German Short Stories for Beginners?

The parts where vocabulary is explained is really useful.

What about David Greiwe and Markus Kasanmascheff ’s performance did you like?

The stories were read in a very natural way, not too fast, and not too slow.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes.

Any additional comments?

I just started studying German and I was having a lot of trouble with learning proper pronunciation. I saw the reviews on this audiobook and thought I would give it a try.

I love that the stories aren't too complicated but they're not boring either. This audiobook comes with a PDF file that you can use to read along as you listen. I found that very useful because sometimes I'll see a word and not be sure exactly how to pronounce it, but with the PDF and audiobook together, that isn't a problem.

I also love the fact that the stories are read in a very natural sounding way. A lot of audiobooks for language either go way too fast or way too slow. I think the narrator reads at a normal, natural pace. If you're looking for a fun way to practice or start learning German, I highly recommend this book.

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  • judith
  • 2017-12-23

Very helpful book and I highly recommend it!

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

After listening to 33 chapters of the book, I can really say that it's worth having it. I learned a lot of German words. My pronunciation is better now. This book helped me so much. One of the great things about it is they have chapters of translation from English common phrases and sentences to German which are very useful especially for a beginner in learning German language. I highly recommend this audio book.

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  • Dorothy Stuart
  • 2017-12-10

Good pace, easy to listen to

This is a good introduction to the German language in a literary setting. Narration is clear and at a pace that is easy for a beginner. But the pace, and voice inflection is such that it would hold the interest of a more experienced student of the German language or even one for whom German is their native tongue.

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  • Amanda Nowak
  • 2017-10-04

Building Skill

This short book was very entertaining and informational. Reading and listening to these stories furthered my interest in studying German seriously. The availability of flash cards is such a helpful tool. Helped me to build a beginners German vocabulary and grammar skills. Hearing the pronunciations so clearly made following along while learning possible. Thank you for sparking my interest in German and helping me to take the first steps in learning a second foreign language.

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  • Amanda Nations
  • 2018-02-27

Great way to understand and learn German!

I always thought German was among the most difficult languages I had heard spoken. I found this audio book quite helpful as it speaks the German word, then gives the English word, and uses the word cluster in sentences. This made it easier to understand the language itself. There are many of the words I recognized just from my native English language that are spoken pretty much the same. I even picked up on a few words I have head but didn't know the meaning of. If you are beginner of the German language I recommend starting here.

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  • Marilyn
  • 2018-01-14

The stories are great and very helpful!

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This book was really helpful for me. I listened to this book while I was driving and I also listened to it while reading the book. By having an audio companion, this book really helped me to learn how to read and pronounce German. I like how there were multiple readers, it allowed for a variety of speakers just like how it is in the real world. Aside from the short stories, this book also included German vocabularies that had English definitions, which definitely helped me learn the words. I also liked how at the end of each short story there was a short quiz about it, the quizzes helped me see if I understood or comprehended the story. Overall, I recommend listening to this book while reading along to allow for maximum comprehension.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2017-09-29

Perfect listening practice

I am currently studying German, and it goes really hard. A lot of rules, and to understand somebody speaking German seemed impossible.
Then, I found this audiobook. Didn't know if it will help. Turned it on, and Oh God! I could understand some words. After like 5 minutes I could even understand the story line.
Some of the words I heard I didn't know, but this audiobook gives all of the words with translation and right pronunciation: slow and clear, so I could repeat it.
I'm totally in love with the book. It helped a lot.

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  • Liubov
  • 2017-12-20

Nice audiobook

It’s my first audiobook in German and I actually like it a lot. Very good vocabulary. However, it would be great if your would say article before every noun. Thanks !

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