I am going to divide this category into 2 sub-categories; Books to teach German and books to read German
Books to learn German
~ 101 German Verbs: The Art of Conjugation by Rory Ryder
This book is useful, as it aims to teach the more commonly used German verbs and their conjugations through the use of storyline and illustrations (by Francisco Garnica). Right now, I am not really caring to learn anything other than the present tense, but I will definitely keep this book on hand for when I expand my learning 🙂
~ D!rty German- Everyday slang from “What’s up?” to “F*%# Off!” by Daniel Chaffey
Love love LOVE this book! Won’t go into too much detail, as I don’t think I really need to; the name pretty much says it all. Let’s just say I’ve had verrrrry interesting conversations through the use of this book, lol.
~ German-English Dictionary; Barron’s
This is a good, basic dictionary. To be honest though, I usually use online dictionaries for most words because I’m usually on the computer (http://dict.leo.org/ is my default dictionary). However, this is a very good dictionary- clear and concise.
This is really all I’m using to teach me German. I prefer to use more entertaining forms of teaching myself, such as reading actual German books, watching movies and tv shows and listening to music.
With that being said, here is…
Books to read German
~Selected Folktales/Ausgewählte Märchen- A Dual-Language Book Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm (Edited and Translated by Stanley Appelbaum)
The classic Grimm fairytales that I grew up loving, in their original German but with the English translation on the opposing page. It’s the same idea as those “Easy Shakespeare” books, with the “original” old English and the “easy to understand” English on the opposite page. Of course, the German and the English are not perfect translations, but its interesting to see how much I can understand in German and then see if the English is close to what I read. Fun to read and easy to understand when you know the original tales in English (i.e., Rumpelstiltskin, Hansel and Gretel).
~ Oma Nana- Grandma Nana by Véronique Tadjo (German translation by Gisela Greatorex)
Another German/English book which I haven’t actually read yet because I just bought it yesterday but I am looking very forward to starting it. This is a children’s book, which is good for those of us just starting out.
Véronique Tadjo and Gisela Greatorex are also joint authors of another German/English children’s book, Mama Wata und dad Monster- Mamy Wata and the Monster, which I purchased at the same time as the previous book, so I have yet to read them. I promise an update on what I thought when I finish them 🙂
~ Der Kleine Prinz Antoine De Saint-Exupéry (translated by Grete and Josef Leitgeb)
This is a classic book, originally in French, that is now completely in German. I am not advanced enough to read this but I am still going to try. Even if I only understand 1 or 2 words per page, I know that with practice, this will change!
These are the books that are currently on my Kindle reader:
~ Der Struwwelpeter
~How the Fox got his Color*
~Warum die Grille Zirpt*
~Das Geheimnis der Lukaskinder
~Die Abenteuer von Schorsch dem Drachen