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Der Autor Otfried Preußler hat eine Reihe von exzellenten Kinderbüchern verfasst, u. a. Der kleine Wassermann Die kleine Hexe Der Räuber Hotzenplotz Das kleine Gespenst Krabat


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I'd say that all Michael Ende books except "The Neverending Story" satisfies your criteria (because "The Neverending Story" is too well known). At least in Norway "Momo" and "Jim Knopf und Lukas der Lokomotivführer" are largely unheard of.


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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 ...


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Christine Nöstlinger is an award winning author children books. I remember being read a translation of "Wir pfeifen auf den Gurkenkönig" and enjoying it immensely.


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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.


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Even though "Emil und die Detektive" may be well-known outside of Germany (didn't even know that until now ^^), some of Erich Kästner's other children's books might be not: Das fliegende Klassenzimmer Die Konferenz der Tiere Der kleine Mann Der kleine Mann und die kleine Miss Der 35. Mai oder Konrad reitet in die Südsee The last three were among my ...


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Well known in Germany but almost unknown elsewhere are the stories about the Sams by Paul Maar. The first three books "Eine Woche voller Samstage", "Am Samstag kam das Sams zurück", and "Neue Punkte für das Sams" are great fun reading. For non-native readers the ambiguous usage of language by the Sams may be a challenge.


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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 ...


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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.


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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 ...


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I'd also like to mention "Vom kleinen Maulwurf, der wissen wollte, wer ihm auf den Kopf gemacht hat." which is one of the more odd childrens books.


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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 ...


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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 ...


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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.


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I recommend Wilhelm Busch - Max und Moritz. I can still recite most of the book word for word.


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There should be Ek mashe jarman shikhun type of book in local bookstore. You can check out these two: some PDF's from Learning German in Kolkata 1000+ Übungen Deutsch - Bengali


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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 ...


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Langenscheidt's "Basic German Vocabulary" is a tool for building your vocabulary, and I must emphasize that it is not a dictionary. It contains the 4000 words that most frequently occur in written German divided into categories. Each category is again divided in two, with the most frequently occurring words first and the more esoteric ones last. Each entry ...


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There are a lot of well-known children's books by Mira Lobe, in particular "Bimbulli" and "Das kleine Ich-bin-Ich". (In sharp contrast to modern children's series that aim to sell a lot of merchandise, these books include a set of instructions to the parents to actually sew the main character for their children.) Age: 5-7


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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


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I do this too. I read German news sites and de.wiki articles, then I alt-tab to Google Translate (or your preferred translator, like LEO or babelfish or whatever) for the words I don't know. I found a couple tricks helpful. First, you also need to do some vocabulary building directly if you are either very new to German or you are very rusty. Babbel has ...


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Zum Lesen von Onlinematerial kann man den Chromium-Webbrowser verwenden. Für diesen gibt es eine Erweiterung, dict.cc, so dass man ein Wort markiert, rechts clickt, das Kontextmenü mit dem Eintrag dict.cc öffnet sich, click, und schon ist man beim Wörterbucheintrag mit diesem Wort. Für Firefox gibt es eine Erweiterung, bei der man das Wort einfach markiert, ...


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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 ...


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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 ...


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Sigrid Heuck: Pony, Bär und Apfelbaum A classic for very young children where part of the words are replaced by pictures so the small child can read part of the words. There are more books in this series.


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There is a website for learning German with texts and related excercizes published by the Goethe-Institut: http://www.goethe.de/z/jetzt/dejtexte.htm


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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.


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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 ...


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The problem with vocabulary is, that either too few words are included, or the dictionary is too big and too hard to navigate. It's hardly viable to include such dictionary on every page, since the same words would repeat, and sometimes you don't know just that word the authors supposed you know, and therefore hadn't included it. Much more helpful for you ...



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