Would you guys please recommend some German literature for someone who is learning the language (A2)? Danke sehr
I'm at B1.2 level although that was officially 1 year ago. Probably B2.2 or nearing C level.
At A2 level you have a very limited understanding of text so I wouldn't suggest trying to read Mann, philosophers, Kafka or other notoriously difficult authors. I found Zweig doable for A2 although I had to translate every 3 word. I did read some childrens books like Emil die Detektive but I dont recommend it, its boring af. If you have a kindle or other e-reader, get a english-german dictionary to translate words as you read and go for the easy-medium (contemporary, Hesse, Zweig, Flugblätter, etc.).
To really improve on your reading comprehension and vocabulary I suggest getting a 1-click google translate extensions or some other translation extensions for you browser and reading the major newspapers: Die Zeit, Handelsblatt (if you like business, they also have "life" articles), Suddeutsche Zeitung, Frankfurter Allgemeine.
As for reading comprehension use some kind of internet radio on you smartphone (which I assume you have) and listen to the major news radio channels, specifically Deutschlandfunk which has almost only talk programs about everything, literature, traffic, sports, politics, business, traffic, weather, traffic, traffic, traffic. What is up with germans and traffic?
Non-native living and studying in Germany.
I don't know about language levels, so I don't know if it's appropriate, but Michael Ende wrote some fun childrens books, that are an easy and entertaining read. Check out 'Momo' and 'The Never-Ending Story'
You could also try Hesse/Zweig as this anon mentioned >>7623707, both are relatively easy to understand.
From my first semester of German, bitte schön
Liebe, Schmerz und das ganze verdammte Zeug (Dories Dörrie)
Die Geschichte von Herrn Sommer (Patrik Süskind)
Am kürzeren Ende der Sonnenallee (Thomas Brussig)
Der Vorleser (Bernhard Schlink)
Sanzibar oder der letzte Grund (Alfred Andersch)
If you like poetry I can recommend Hermann Hesse. For prose, you can take about any good-selling novel from the Mayersche or Spiegel list. I for one like Sebastian Fitzeks thrillers very much.
German isn´t that hard to learn, so a lot of contemporary reading will help you more than analysing Faust three times over.
What is more worthy of learning? German or Italian?
I have been studying German alone and have found it somewhat difficult. I already know Spanish and can read French pretty well. Learning French, I could just passively learn the grammar and knew a lot of words because of Spanish. I thought English would help me with German but it seems much more different than Spanish is to French. The grammar specifically is strange. Plus I have such a hard time with pronunciation and subvocalizing since I know no German speakers.
dude at A2 you won't be able to read shit. Currently at C1 myself with the Goethe Institut and you might as well just find children's books to read. I read children's books all the time and they helped me scores.
I thought I was A2 and I can understand like 90% of German I read on the internet and 75-80% of literary German. Like I can follow a plot at this point.
Am I actually better than A2
German. Italian literature is fantastic, but even it falls short of the likes of Goethe, Schiller, Rilke, Holderlin, Kafka, Musil, Doblin, Mann, Schmidt... Not to mention philosophers.
i'm responding to the OP who said he is A2. i don't know if you're the OP or whatever but at A2 you are pretty much only able to follow the most simple grammatical forms and your vocabulary is tiny.
Have you done any official tests? Usually at A2 is means basic understanding of written texts, <5000 words in vocabulary and formation of basic sentences. If you follow 90% of german in articles and such you are probably above B2/C1 level, at least in reading. Written and fuck, grammar, is another beast.
By "on internet" i meant when Germans are talking. I can read /deutsch/ on /int/ without having to look anything up usually.
Newspapers like Die Welt jam me up good. The German there is ridiculous.
Well, written casual german is usually easier to understand because 1) the subject matter is easy or 2) strict grammatical structure is not being followed.
If you want to compare your knowledge to what is accepted by the german educational standard (at least to foreign university students) you should refer to the Goethe institute's levels of understanding : http://www.goethe.de/lrn/prj/pba/bes/enindex.htm
A nice little old shack you got there in marburg
We really need a German lit chart.
I would do one but I don't know about translations
As for OP, every literary journey into a new language has to start with a translation of le petit prince.
Also I remember Borges mentioning that he learned German with a copy of Heine's poems, which is a great choice since they are written in relatively easy (though somewhat dated) German yet carry so much musicality, they defy every cliché one can have about our tounge, Goethe's Divan has a similar effect
Check out Homo Faber. Its not great literature, but readable at that level. Else, I recommend Schachnovelle by Stefan Zweig, or Siddhartha by Herman Hesse, those are not terribly hard. If you want something more challenging, I suggest Das Parfum, I read it at your level, although it does go a little bit too much into details of plants and other things related to smell which can be very tiring if you have a basic understanding of german vocabulary.
Does anybody have any recommendations for good Danish authors?
I checked the /lit/ recommended page and it doesn't have anything. Didn't feel like I should clutter the board by making a thread about it