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Simple German Podcasts/Books/TV/Film

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Hi

 

Had a search on here but nothing quite covers this... I've been learning German for a couple of years and have got to the point where I can read simple books and understand a lot of what I hear around me. I've enjoyed reading the Hueber Deutsch als Fremdsprache Leichte Literatur books but there's hardly any of them. My German level is somewhere around B1/2.

 

So I'm after recommendations for simple but worthwhile books (even German kid's books), TV, films or podcasts that are for whatever reason as simple as possible to follow, or maybe even radio stations that have slow speaking presenters or something! Basically any media that people have come across that they've found entertaining but also understandable as a relative beginner.

 

Oh yeah, and I don't own a TV so ideally stuff I can download, stream or rent, plus any books of course.

 

Thanks!

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Don't you remember kid's books you liked? Most of them are availiable in German. I don't know how simple it has to be, but I'd rather try to read something that really interests you, even if that means you have to look things up. Books that are relatively simple in English tend to be equally simple in German.

 

Or you might want to try some online magazines. With a translation tool like Babylon for example you just need to highlight a word and get the translation.

 

http://www.geo.de/

http://www.nationalgeographic.de/

 

http://www.gutenberg.org/wiki/Main_Page

 

Fairy tales and other German books

http://www.gutenberg.org/files/19163/19163-h/19163-h.htm

http://www.gutenberg.org/browse/languages/de

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this is an excellent source with podcasts, slow spoken news ec von Deutsche Welle

 

http://www.dw.de/dw/0,,2469,00.html

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www.slowgerman.com

 

I found it quite helpful and learnt a lot of vocab from it.

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Thanks all, some really good sites there. Some German audio books on the Gutenberg site as well.

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For children's books, I really recommend the Hamster Freddie series by Dietloff Reiche. I came across them by chance in the children's section and utterly adore them.

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Oh.. and apparently the easiest author to read in any language is Agatha Christie. I've tried that theory out by reading her in French and Spanish, too. And Spanish is my fourth language and was self-taught.

 

As for other stuff, I liked reading the short 'stories' or anecdotes of Ephraim Kishon (Hungarian by birth by rechristened by the emigration official. He learnt German by reading the translations of his own books. I claim that thanks to reading every book of his in the Ratingen West library when I was a student here, I 'firmed up' my German. The nice thing is that they are short - so not a huge long strain.)

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Hey there everybody,

 
while this thread is old, I thought I'd throw this into the ring. Someone already mentioned podcasts and it's true! Podcasts are an excellent place to gather content. My wife and I started a german children's story podcast and we'd love to share it with you! It's called Die Abenteuer von Ilsa und Jetlag (The Adventures of Ilsa and Jetlag) and it's about our daughter, Ilsa, an outgoing 2 year old with an active imagination and Jetlag, her sloth best friend. The stories often center around our travels in our sprinter van throughout the US. Through thick and thin, the best friends are together and explore places big and small through Ilsa's perspective.
 
We've just released our 2nd episode, and are starting a more regular release schedule (approximately every 1.5 months).
 
If you like it, you can help us out! What we really need are LISTENS, LIKES, SUBSCRIBES AND SHARES! Listen to it once. Then the next day, listen to it again with the sound off. Or with the sound on, your pick. The more traffic we get on our podcast, especially on Spotify and Apple Podcasts, the more likely we are to make it into the top lists and get our name out to more people. Share it with your friends, your Kitas and Kindergartens. Share it with your German language schools! Sure it's in German and some people won't understand very much of it (feel free to ask for the English translation so you can follow along!), but we need your help and support! Share our podcast on social media. We have a post on our instagram account (@thevankongs) about the new episode which you can add to your story or repost. Subscribe to our podcast on Spotify, on Apple Podcasts and on Soundcloud! The podcast is available in those places, as well as on Stitcher.
 
Spotify:
 
Apple Podcasts:
 
Soundcloud:
 
Thanks in advance for your help!
 
 
Phil & Kristin Kong
Evergreen Vagabonds
www.evergreenvagabonds.de
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