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  •  Pratchett in German???? (7+ / 0-)

    I'm curious. What are the advantages of Pratchett in German?

    Maybe just maybe our foremothers and our forefathers came to this land in different ships. But we're all in the same boat now. - John Lewis

    by bluesheep on Wed Jun 12, 2013 at 06:27:46 AM PDT

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    •  It's not to make Pratchett better, it's to (7+ / 0-)

      make me spend more time practicing and buffing up my German, which I've let get far too rusty over the years.

      I've found that by reading things I actually like to read, I'm far more likely to actually spend time reading in German than if I was just using dry as dust textbooks or things like 'The Life of Galileo' in German.

      •  okay, makes sense! (4+ / 0-)

        I was already relatively fluent by the time I had access to science fiction in German (when I moved there in 1995) but my reading speed increased dramatically when I found a source for StarWars books in German.

        An german fantasy author I loved was Harald Evers. I read the first part of the Höhlenwelt Saga and I loved it. In fact that might have been the first originally German popular fiction I read because I wanted to read the books, and not just improve my German. Then there was Wolfgang Hohlbein, but I have mixed feelings about him.

        Another thing I can recommend - The girl with the Dragon Tattoo - the original films were produced I think in Swedish and German. They are excellent and riveting, and something you can't watch in English.

        Maybe just maybe our foremothers and our forefathers came to this land in different ships. But we're all in the same boat now. - John Lewis

        by bluesheep on Wed Jun 12, 2013 at 06:58:55 AM PDT

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      •  Beyond my abilities... (1+ / 0-)
        Recommended by:
        Dr Erich Bloodaxe RN

        But watching "krimis" (crimeshows) on ZDF online isn't. My German skills lapsed quickly after high school, but I've been catching up by watching programs on both the ARD and ZDF websites in order to recover some of my verbal skills.

        Admittedly, they are formulaic in nature, but it's the use of everyday Deutsche sprache that is appealing.

        And yeah, I know tarantulas don't really act like that at all, so no snarking, this is the internet damnit!

        by itzadryheat on Wed Jun 12, 2013 at 09:37:03 AM PDT

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