Short Stories and Novels

German as a foreign language

  • Being able to read a book in a foreign language is a great feeling.
  • Language is culture and by reading German short stories and novels that are suited for your level, you will dive into a new culture.
  • Learning a foreign language with stories is effective and fun.

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German stories for beginners

You can start reading in German even as a beginner. Books with short texts and simple grammar and sentence structures will give you an enjoyable reading experience and allow you to learn the language in a brain-friendly way by being exposed to natural language from day one. 

German stories for intermediate learners

At the intermediate level, you already understand enough German to read short stories or novels with easy-to-follow storylines and can enhance your vocabulary and grammar effortlessly by just reading. 

A1-B2 - 24 German Short Stories Vol. 1

  • 6 short stories for each level (A1, A2, B1, B2) and therefore perfect for beginner and intermediate students 
  • Different genres such as historical, fantasy, science fiction, romance, animals
  • Vocabulary German-English on each pages
  • Audios files (mp3)

This book is perfect for you if you don’t have the patience to read a novel but are looking for something to complement your regular textbook or online course of German. You can start reading as soon as have your first 300 words and basic grammar under your belt and then move on from story to story while you continue with your German studies. Or you are an intermediate students who took a break and would like to start with something easy. The stories are so different that there’s really something for everybody. 

A1 - Carla will nach Deutschland

  • 20 texts for beginners that are connected
  • Comprehension Questions
  • Grammar Notes
  • Grammar & Vocabulary Exercises
  • Conversation questions
  • Audio files (mp3)
  • Editions for English & Spanish speakers 

Carla is a young woman from Portugal who is learning German and plans to go to Germany and find herself a summer job. In 20 short and easy-to-understand chapters, you will get to know Carla, her parents Monica and Marcelo, her brother Thiago, her best friend Fernanda and her language exchange partner Susanne. You will learn about their everyday lives and activities. While reading, you’ll pick up new and relevant vocabulary and grammatical structures quickly and are encouraged to use them referring to your own life.

A2 - Jobsuche in München

  • Continuation of “Carla will nach Deutschland”
  • Grammar Focus: Past Tense
  • Vocabulary German-English on every page
  • Comprehension questions after each chapter
  • Vocabulary & Grammar exercises after each chapter
  • Audio files (mp3)

Carla, a young woman from Portugal has arrived in Munich and is looking for a job and a room. In 12 chapters, you can accompany her when she has a look at apartments, meets some pretty weird prospective roomies, has job interviews, bad and good experiences at work and falls in love with a young man from Norway. Apart from the dialogues, the book is written in the past tense and will therefore help you to become familiar with irregular forms that are not used in the spoken language. Improve your German by reading and listening to Carla’s adventures. 

B1 - Ein unvergesslicher Urlaub

  • Continuation of “Jobsuche in München” 
  • Vocabulary English-German on each page and in alphabetical order at the end of each chapter
  • Comprehension questions after each chapter
  • Audio files (mp3)
  • Coherent storyline

Carla and her Norwegian boyfriend leave Munich to spend some time at the German Baltic Sea coast before they move to Berlin. They are volunteering in small village on the island of Rügen when their hosts are stolen money and jewelry. In their attempt to help and find the thief, they meet a famous writer from Ireland, a Bulgarian computer expert with incredible hacking skills and learn about a tragic story in a remote city in Russia. 

B1 - Ein Sommer in Heidelberg

  1. An easy-to-read novel with a coherent storyline
  2. German-English vocabulary on every page
  3. Comprehension Questions after each chapter
  4. Grammar and Vocabulary exercises after each chapter
  5. Audio files (mp3)
  6. Includes some Business German

Improve your German with this compelling story about Linda from Germany and Arianna from Italy whose lives change drastically after Linda’s mother has an accident. Read about their adventures and life decisions and acquire new words and expressions in a fun and effective way. Natural dialogues will expose you to colloquial German as it is used by native speakers in everyday situations but also to some business German. 

B1/B2 - Johns deutsche Familie

  • A mixture of a historical and contemporary novel
  • 27 chapters covering a time range of almost 160 years (1864 – 2022)
  • More difficult to read than “Ein Sommer in Heidelberg” but extensive vocabulary help on each page
  • Comprehension questions after each chapter
  • More than 200 minutes of audio (mp3)

John, a young American law student,  discovers old diaries written in German in his late great-grandmothers house. He learns German, a young historian helps him to translate the old German diaries and he discovers why his ancestors moved to America and what their lives were like in Texas in the late 19th and early 20th century. In 2022, John finally makes it to Germany. Together with his distant cousin Alexandra from Bavaria he uncovers a secret from the past and learns about connections between his family and the Nazis during the time of the Third Reich.

B2 - Umzug nach Berlin

  • Continuation of “Ein unvergesslicher Urlaub” 
  • 16 chapters with a coherent storyline
  • Vocabulary German-English on each page
  • Comprehension questions after each chapter
  • Focus on colloquial and idiomatic expressions
  • Conversation questions after each chapter
  • Audio files (mp3)

Carla and Henrik moved to Berlin but things don’t go quite as planned. They have problems with housing that also affects their relationship and at one point, Carla suspects that Henrik cheats on her. As a result, she’s thankful about the opportunity to leave Berlin for a couple of weeks. She realizes that she needs to make a decision about her relationship with Henrik but is also wondering whether to continue living in Germany or go back to Portugal where she even has a job offer. 

Learn German everywhere!

Our books to learn German come in pdf or mobi (Kindle) format and are compatible with any device (PC, laptop, Mac, iPad, tablet, ebook reader) or you can buy them as a paperback. They include professional recordings of each dialogue in mp3. You can listen to the audio while reading the book, or you can play the mp3 recordings on your phone or audio player and listen to the book anywhere.

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