Index of Simple German Readings
for Older Beginners

Chapter 300 is our effort to help you read German like a German.

This chapter has lots of simple German texts suitable for middle school and adults. We have translations by native Germans for many of the texts. We want to help you build your skill and confidence by providing dozens of pages written in standard German grammar and syntax. We have so much simple material that beginners of all ages will be able to read simple German texts for fun. Important assistance for first-time visitors .

303 - Meine Katze, Der Maus, Der Siebenschläfer, - simple sentences about animals.
305 - Picture page with german translations. This is only a demo page. We are awaiting comments by viewers. Pages 306, 307, also exist but only in early contruction.
310 - Index 1000 simple German sentences anyone can read. INCOMPLETE
    311 - Things I am doing now (simple present tense). Please send more.
    312 - Things I did (simple past tense). Please send more.
    313 - Things I will do (simple future tense). Send more.
313 - The Atom - a booklet written in simple German (placed here by error needs moved) 361?
321 - Lessons by Jorge. He lives in Chile and is studying German
322 - Simple German Sentences taken off the Internet from e-mail, web pages, etc.
331 - Simple stories about flowers
332 - Simple stories in German about birds (Vogel)
340 - Simple German Agriculture pages (trip thru Denmark) 340 is vocab for agriculture
341 - Some issues of Kai's NetzTips written in German for Germans with beginners help by Kai.
342 - Proposed: Kai's helps for those wanting to learn about German Agricullture
351 - The Little Prince ~30 chapters ; German, English, French, some in other Languages. Kids and adults enjoy this book written in1944 by a gifted French pilot, author, and journalist.
352 - Grimm Brothers Fairy Tales.

German Texts from the Internet

Extract from 2000 - Introduction to German He has texts in several Languages - introduction These are not simple.

Schools of Bonn - Univ VA texts - das Urteil - Peti's Homepage - Marchen-

Two Ways for English Beginners to Read German

A first when you see the word Maus you will pause and finally think "mouse". Instead, try picturing the little rodent in your mind. There is no reason to take the time to remember the English word. Such jumps to thinking English break you German thoughts and slow your reading of German.

Soon you will find that as you see the German words you are understanding the text without translation into English. I am saying you have a choice of methods for reading German:

The second method is much faster and more enjoyable. Some students resist going from German to meaning because they think the teacher expects them to translate. It is better to read for the fun of learning what the German paragraph means. Only translate when someone asks you to do so.

This second approach, "Reading German like a German", makes sense and should allow you to read German much faster. When you are reading texts in your native tongue, you don't have to translate them word for word into some other language to understand them. Then why translate German into your native tongue before you attempt to understand a phrase or sentence? Reading German "in German" will speed your reading because you avoid the translation process.

It is never easy to translate a text into another language. That is because the two languages have differences. One language may have one word, but the other may have many words for the same concept. For example, I have heard Yiddish has 30 words where English uses only the word "love". If he told a Yiddish person you love your dog, ice cream, geometry, Kentucky, and your girlfriend, he might think you were a very abnormal person. As an example, Germans use the word "futter" to mean food for animals, but no German would want to eat "futter". A German kindergarden book has "futter" label on a bucket under the sink. In Ameria, we would label that bucket "slop" or "waste" and we would fed it to our pigs. No American would want to eat "slop". Sometimes Americans call poorly prepared food "slop" to express their dislike for it. While in America we use cat food and human food, Germans would use different words for these two types of food: futter and ????.

Try to guess the meaning of new German words

You can look a new word up in a dictionary, but two other methods are faster.

As an example consider Nagetier. Since it is capitalized, you know it is a noun, a thing. Suppose you already know that tier means animal. What is nage (nah' gay)? As you pronounce it out loud, you may recognize it sounds a little like the English word "gnaw". What do Englishmen call an animal that gnaws? Rodent! Rodents are gnawing animals. Thus, nagetier is rodent. Look nage up in the dictionary and you find it does mean gnaw, but we figured it out using the cognates ideas of Chapter 200.

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Humorous EisVogel cartoon - kingfisher pictures.