Category Archives: German reading project

Thoughts: Wer Fürchtet den Tod, by Nnedi Okorafor, translated by Claudia Kern

Right, let’s skip the apology for taking so long and just assume it at the beginning of every post, OK? OK. Another German book, but this time with a twist – it was translated FROM English INTO German! The English … Continue reading

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German Reading Project: Der Kleine Prinz, by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, translated by Grete and Josef Leitgeb

A whole book this time, and not just chapters! Der Kleine Prinz is both short enough and simply written enough that I managed it without too much heartache. My general German skills update: I’m improving in some ways and stalling … Continue reading

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German Reading Project: Die Tribute Von Panem by Suzanne Collins, chapter 24

Rereading The Hunger Games so closely, I really have to hand it to Collins. She brings across the sheer injustice, the unfairness of life in Panem, without ever overtly saying “this is unfair”. That is “show not tell”ing. Katniss’s ability to … Continue reading

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German Reading Project: Die Tribute Von Panem by Suzanne Collins, chapter 23

I’m sort of fudging a bit here. I didn’t take Die Tribute on holiday with me because I wouldn’t have had a dictionary without bothering Spuggy every two minutes and it would have been more hassle than it was worth. … Continue reading

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German Reading Project: Die Tribute Von Panem by Suzanne Collins, Chapters 19 & 20

Almost caught up with my little backlog again. More words than usual, because these chapters had lots of good words. Chapter 19 ein Aussätziger: a leper. A useful word to know! …OK this is why I can’t hold a conversation … Continue reading

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German Reading Project: Die Tribute Von Panem by Suzanne Collins, Chapters 16, 17 & 18

A threefor! Since my phone broke, it’s been harder to distract myself from reading on public transport, and I also noticed that if I finished chapter 18 I could finish off Teil 2 of the book, so I pushed on … Continue reading

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German Reading Project: Die Tribute Von Panem by Suzanne Collins, chapters 14 & 15

Well, this little project suddenly feels a lot more urgent. So, Chapter 14/15 is the trackerjacker part, full of gross words, and also the Rue part, full of heartwarming words. Best words: Chapter 14: die Jägerwespe: trackerjacker. I… much prefer … Continue reading

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German Reading Project: Die Tribute Von Panem by Suzanne Collins, chapters 12 & 13

It’s all water and fire in these chapters! Favourite words! Chapter 12 hinken: to limp. It just sounds like that’s what it should mean! Chapter 13 das Stinktier: skunk. Come on, need I say more?

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German Reading Project: Die Tribute Von Panem by Suzanne Collins, Chapters 8 & 9

I’ve got to the stage where reading a single chapter isn’t taking me days and days anymore, and anyone who’s ever read The Hunger Games will know that there’s a tipping point where the story stops being merely compelling and … Continue reading

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German Reading Project: Die Tribute Von Panem by Suzanne Collins, Chapter 7

Reading in a second language you’re not very good at yet is an intense experience. I wonder if this is what it was like to learn to read in English when I was young. I know I can’t learn to … Continue reading

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