Those two words vorlesen and mitlesen both mean to read in english. What is the difference?.


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vorlesen → to read (out) aloud; to read to sb.
mitlesen → to read along

Source: any dictionary (see, e.g., this and that entry at www.dict.cc), which is why the question is actually off-topic.

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vorlesen means someone reads something for you, for example:

meine Mutter liest mir eine Gutenachtgeschichte vor

mitlesen means read together with someone, for example:

in der Schule lesen wir das Gedicht mit dem Lehrer mit

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Those two words vorlesen and mitlesen both mean to read in english. What is the difference?

The best answer I can give you without seeing some concrete context sentences is

  • vorlesen means to read and speak out loud what you're at at the same time
  • mitlesen means to listen and read at the same time what you're hearing
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The difference of vorlesen and mitlesen is in the different situation and can be explained by the different meanings of the prefixes vor- and mit-

It is the same difference as :vormachen / mitmachen or vorspielen / mitspielen.

In all 3 situations

the prefix vor- means to show / to demonstrate / to performe something to someone.

It will be always be aloud in font of a public or audience, except someone is reading aloud read aloud to himself,

the prefix mit- means to join / take part in something.

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    Das lässt sich aber nicht verallgemeinern. Ein Gegenbeispiel wäre vornehmen / mitnehmen. – Björn Friedrich Jan 30 '19 at 15:31
  • da hast du recht. darum habe ich nur diese drei Bsp. genommen, die mit einer performance zusammen hängen. – Albrecht Hügli Jan 30 '19 at 15:54
  • Sie können ja dazu schreiben, dass es Ausnahmen gibt. – Björn Friedrich Jan 30 '19 at 16:11

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