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I guess the title alludes to Philippians 2,2, which reads in German: dann macht meine Freude dadurch vollkommen, dass ... The English Standard Version has: complete my joy by ..., so your translation is fine. Grün's German publisher Herder translates the title as Joy will be perfect (see herder.de/foreign_rights) and informs us that ...
There is a contemporary translation of The Bible done by the "Gute Nachricht" project. The translation is available as print or online (free). At the online portal you will also find various other translations including Luther's.
Most aspects of the language haven't changed since 1957, but some details have. If these details are crucial to you, you should use a newer text book, if not, feel free to use the one from 1957: Spelling: Reformed Orthography from 1996 changed in 2004 Pronounciation: Some endings have changed their standard pronounciation, e.g. -er Grammar: Former ...
The "standard" textbook on German literature is the Kindlers Literatur Lexikon. This exhaustive encyclopedia comes in 18 volumes and will cover everything. For covering German literature only there is a much leaner textbook "Deutsche Literaturgeschichte" which in the only recently published 8th edition is quite up to date.
I found that newspapers were very useful for building up vocabulary. They come in a wide range of levels and styles, you normally have an idea of what the stories are about, and you get some current information while you're at it, so it's a win all round. Die Zeit is quite highbrow and the articles are long but I enjoy the content and there is a lot for ...
One style guide I can absolutely recommend is Deutsch für Kenner by Wolf Schneider, a German journalist and language critic. The book is both witty and clearly structured. (Note that it takes a firm stand and is by no means a neutral guide; some even call it arrogant.) Important to know: You'll need a good knowledge of German to really enjoy the book. If ...
Ich habe nicht alle ausprobiert, aber ich denke das von Langenscheidt ist das Beste. Es hat genug Audiosamples, jedoch wenige Beispielsätze. Dafür eignet sich Dictionary for German as a foreign language PREMIUM by PONS zum Nachschlagen von Beispielen - hat aber keine Audiosamples. iPad Duden - German spelling dictionary, 25th edition (beinhaltet aber ...
You are a really tough guy - German is hard enough but to start with Freud. Respect :-) Why not to search in Gutenberg Project? Just for starter: Das Unheimliche by Sigmund Freud - http://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/34222 pozdrowionka
These books from Hueber are really nice and are actually used by most of the schools teaching German to adults; the series of books are very intelligently designed and can be chosen depending upon level of learner. You can also buy them from any book store.
I don't know if that is what you are looking for, but there is a project called volxbibel, which is a translation done in form of a wiki under the creative commons license. Which is an interesting idea. The language is very atypical to a bible and quite modern. AFAIK the whole thing is controversial, because the language may not be accurate in some places ...
I like Reinhard Mey's songs. He's one of the few artists who can write texts that can be read apart from the music. Like short stories in a very distinguished language. And all his texts can be found on his website.
You can try Lehr- und Übungsbuch der deutschen Grammatik. I'm not sure if it has your favorite format of one page explanation, one page exercises, though. But it contains concise and succinct explanations and exercises (maybe a little bit scattered). The exercises are divided in small parts providing an easy step by step approach. I use a similar book from ...
When I was at a similar point in learning english, I thought childrens books are quite good, so I read Harry Potter. Also, when I read Charles Dickens, there may be many words I've never heard before, but the meaning is pretty obvious from the context. So in my opinion, this was quite a good choice. I also watch comedy (big bang theory) or read comics ...
It depends on how quick (okay, you said it already: quick) and how good you want to learn. Not to forget how you want to learn in general. I've heard that Livemocha and Babbel are very good for learning online. However, if you have the time and the possibility, just grab someone who can talk German and just talk with him. Also watch German movies/listen to ...
It depends on the context you are preparing for. If you need it for professional business, and there will be a lot of written communication, go with the newest books. Same goes for academic, because of the recent changes to spelling, etc. However, if you are going on vacation and need to know how to order food or arrange transportation, you will manage ...
There have been multiple changes in spelling rules between 1990 and about 2005. This included raw spelling (i.e. Schifffahrt instead of Schiffahrt) but also changes in capitalization and setting commas. I would strongly suggest to use a book later than 2005 for learning current german, although for colloquially talking, the differences are not that big.
I recommend your usual comic books, in German. There are also some 'Kinderbücher' or books for children that can be very useful. I personally recommend you the classical "Max und Moritz" (and, not to forget, every German will appreciate your knowledge of their culture if you know this book).
Books and literature are full of German language which is correct but sounds annoying to a native speaker Watch movies! Then you experience a "natural" speech, learning and having fun. Search for terms and words you missed or watch that part of the movie again Meet people from germany and talk with them (but tell them to talk about your language regarded ...
It has not the same format as the mentioned English "Grammar in Use", but Hammer's German Grammar and Usage seems to be a good book. It got 29 five-stars reviews (out of 30 reviews). Paperback: 600 pages Publisher: Hodder Education Publishers; 5th Edition edition (July 10, 2011) ISBN-10: 1444120166 ISBN-13: 978-1444120165 Also available from McGraw-Hill ...
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