Learn German: By Reading Fantasy (German Edition)

  • by Mozaika Educational, Dima Zales
  • Narrated by Lidia Buonfino, Emily Durante
  • 17 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Do you want to master German? Do you like fantasy novels? Are you tired of reading boring textbooks in order to learn German?
If you answered yes to one or more of these questions, this is a book you should consider. We introduce a one-of-a-kind learning tool that will enhance your reading comprehension, improve your German vocabulary and grammar, and let you enjoy reading a fantasy novel from a USA Today best-selling author in the process.


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What would have made Learn German: By Reading Fantasy (German Edition) better?

This is totally useless as a language method. Each chapter is read first in german, and then in english. You can't easily connect the 2. I've even tried a sample of the accompanying book (which you need to purchase separately from Amazon), and it seemed impractical to follow the german audio with the english text.The production itself and the german narrator seemed really good, it might be interesting if you are interested by the story itself and either don't mind not understanding what you hear or know enough german to understand most of it...Since it is definitely not a viable language method, I wish I had simply bought a regular german audiobook that was squarely based on my own taste. Here I settled for a fantasy book when I don't usually read fantasy...

I strongly suspect all previous reviews where sollicited by the author, I really can't imagine that someone would learn this way...

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

Good production, good narrator. Possibly a good story, but I haven't listened to enough of it...

Any additional comments?

If you truly want to make this a viable language method, you have to jump back and forth between both languages, not even allowing full sentences to form before switching to translation...

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- P. Tremblay

Fantastic Fantasy and Fantastic German!

I am about 20% of the way through the audio book and I think it’s fantastic. The story is, in my opinion, truly captivating and I’m excited to hear more. Furthermore, Lidia Buofino's voice is very pleasant and her acting skills superb (5+ stars!). These positive qualities should sweeten the deal for anyone grappling with German.

In addition, the German translation is of very high quality. This is an authentic text and I would therefore recommend it for intermediate to advanced learners.

As a learner of German myself from the United States and as an educator with an advanced university degree in TESoL, I can affirm that the pedagogical concept of this language tool is sound. The combination of the e-book with the audio files is perfect for those with verbal, aural and visual learning styles. Even those with more kinesthetic tendencies can benefit from the suggestion laid out in the section “Audiobook Companion” of speaking along with the text.

In addition, the recommendations provided at the beginning of the audiobook to listen to the story again and again and take note of improving comprehension are helpful and motivating.

Overall, the marvelous story, the professional narration and the well founded educational advice make this a worthy investment for anyone who would like to expand their understanding of the modern German language.
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- leah wipf

Book Details

  • Release Date: 01-26-2015
  • Publisher: Mozaika Publications