ist besser, falsch zu reden [=sprechen], als richtig zu schweigen
[=be silent]." [source unknown]
"With every mistake we must surely be learning." [George Harrison]
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"Bücher für motivierte Studenten"
These books have been ordered as recommended readings for German 102. If one of them interests you, they should be available at the campus textbook stores.
German Reader A systematic introduction to reading German. A wide
variety of texts arranged in increasing order of difficulty, ranging
from a text on the metric system intended for beginning 101 students
to some readable and amusing pieces of fiction and folklore.
Abenteuer Easy reader version of the stories of Baron Münchhausen,
the "lying baron" ["Lügenbaron"] who tells tales of such adventures
as his ride on a cannonball, or a visit to the moon. Terry Gilliam
made a movie loosely
based on these stories, and an older German
movie based on these tales is on reserve at the LRC for part of
this semester--see the list of movies
on reserve at the LRC.
- An der Arche um Acht Cute children's book based on the story of Noah's Ark. When the exhausted dove arrives in Antarctica to tell three penguins that a great flood is coming and that two tickets are reserved for them to get onto an Ark that will save them, they are faced with the dilemma of how to smuggle the third penguin onto the Ark. Meanwhile, the third penguin feels responsible for causing the Flood, as he's just accidentally killed a butterfly by sitting on it (at first, he had wanted to kill the butterfly, but the other two penguins remind him that God has told us we should not kill). The book is an attempt to tell a story that parents of any religion and non-religious parents would be equally happy for their kids to read. You may want to occasionally meet with me (Hartmut) or your instructor to ask any questions you have as you read. "Abmurksen" at the beginning is slang for "to kill": something like "to do X in."
- Asterix This
comic book series is actually translated from the French, but is very
popular in Germany (Hartmut read it as a kid...). It's about a single
village in Gaul that has continued to withstand and infuriate Julius
Caesar by virtue of its inhabitants' resourcefulness, stubbornness,
and a strength-giving magic potion whose secret is known only to the
village druid. Only Obelix, who fell into a vat of the potion as a baby,
permanently possesses the strength it gives. We've ordered the first
in the series. Worksheets are available to help you through it if you
want them--just ask Hartmut.