Café in Berlin

Learn German with Stories 1 - 10 Short Stories for Beginners
Narrated by: André Klein
Series: Learn German with Stories, Book 1
Length: 1 hr and 8 mins
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Experience the first episode of our bestselling "Dino lernt Deutsch" story series for German learners on your stereo or headphones, at home or on the go. Narrated by the author with special emphasis on early text comprehension practice and pronunciation, this audiobook will not only help you learn German, but let you experience the story through the ears of the protagonist.

To maximize study effects, we recommend listening to this audiobook together with a paperback or ebook edition of "Learn German with Stories: Café in Berlin - 10 short stories for beginners". Can you solve all the exercises in the text just by listening to the audio edition?
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Great way to learn

Find the book online so you can follow along. The vocabulary words are bolded in the dialogue. Their definitions are included at the end of each chapter. I recommend adding them to a vocabulary list like the one found in dict.cc to quiz you. Viel Glück!

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So nice!

For a beginner it's so nice to be able to follow along! Seriously exciting :) highly recommended, great narration and pace!

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Hoping for more from the same author

What did you love best about Learn German With Stories: Café in Berlin ? 10 Short Stories for Beginners?

The narration matches the text in the ebook (also available in paperback). Each chapter is short, entertaining, and easy for a beginner. Mr. Klein is listed as the narrator, so you're hearing a native speaker read German. There are helpful (and non-instrusive) sound effects to accompany parts of the text. For instance, you might hear a crowd cheering when the text is about soccer. It never drowns out the narration. The narration is read very slowly, not at normal speed. This is helpful, but it would be even more helpful if the Audible book contained two parts, with the second part containing the narration read at normal speed.

What other book might you compare Learn German With Stories: Café in Berlin ? 10 Short Stories for Beginners to and why?

I don't think there is anything quite like this book or this series. They are very professionally done and the prices are extremely reasonable. You can listen while you're reading, or you can listen without the printed text, to test your listening comprehension.

Which character – as performed by André Klein – was your favorite?

He reads with enough expression to make it interesting, but not over-the-top, which would interfere with the story.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

No, it's not intended for that.

Any additional comments?

I've read and re-read the ebook versions of Mr. Klein's books, and the Audible version is a worthwhile addition. I would like it if the narration were read a second time at a much faster speed. This would only add about 20-30 minutes to the audiobook and it would not be necessary to include the sound effects, so it shouldn't be hard to do. I am looking forward to Audible versions of Mr. Klein's other books.

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Great material for beginners and refreshers

I've been refreshing my rusty German hearing understanding and found this to be of great help. I would recommend it to advanced beginners who have a grasp of basic vocab already.

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a great supplemental learning tool

This has been a great way to improve and to gage my understanding capability. I need more audios like this.

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Great addition to the written version of the stories

Highly recommended this simple and useful short stories. Make sure u get the written version of the same stories on kindle for optimal results.

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Amazing Way to start learning German

I am kind of a person who prefers the natural way of learning the language which should start always by listening. This book hss been done for such a way. The way I am using the material is as follow:
I read the chapter silently , then I listen to the audio 2-3 time, then I translate the text (there is translated keywords at the end of each chapter). after then I spend 1 week just listening to the material with at least 5 times a day.
I am still learning and working on the material in such a way but what motivated me that after 3 weeks I was able to phrase basic statements in the German language and suddenly a week later I had a basic conversation with a taxi driver and a receptionist at the doctor clinic. thanks to the author.

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Nicely done for beginners learning German

Really enjoyed learning with this first book. the reading pace helps you remember the words. the key words are introduced at the proper pace and repeated appropriately for the learning process using an entertaining format. i have book 2 now and my German speaking friends tell me that I'm progressing very well so far. i plan to learn with all the Klein series.
Thank you Andre for making this experience fun and enjoyable!

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Great for learning!

This has helped me alot with my understanding of German. I am now doing the whole series. Thank you for creating it!

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Thank you for making these!

I read the print books first. now I'm listening. These are great for those just beyond A1 levels.

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  • Anton van Deventer
  • 10-20-15

Thank you Andre

The best learning aid I've ever come across. Fun, engaging, good flow and rhythm. Would recommend for anyone willing to invest the time and effort to embark on a language learning adventure.
The world becomes your playground.

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  • Jason
  • 04-08-18

Doesn't come with recommended E-Book

Would you try another book written by André Klein or narrated by André Klein?

Yes if the E-book was included

Would you ever listen to anything by André Klein again?

Yes if the E-book was included

How did the narrator detract from the book?

The E-book wasnt included

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Café in Berlin (Learn German with Stories 1 - 10 Short Stories for Beginners)?

I would add in the e-book

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  • Krista Schug-Ringland
  • 09-13-15

Entertaining!

Fantastic approach to learning German. I have already purchased the 2nd one Ferien in Frankfurt- More please!

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  • Tim
  • 04-25-19

Great idea and well executed!

I thought these books were going to be a real struggle, the first book is read at what seems a painfully slow pace, however you quickly get used to it and appreciated why it's done - it enables you to clearly understand and repeat what is being said. The reading pace picks as as the series progresses. The stories are engaging and common vocabulary and phrases are repeated in different contexts so that they're readily absorbed. The books also use a lot of the simple past test in German because the stories are told from the point of view of the main character, Dino, so it's a great way to get used to saying things like "I said", "She said", "He bought" etc... There are a few odd sound effects that I don't really think add anything to the content but they're not irritating either and don't detract from what is being said, even for someone with hearing problems like me. Overall I'd thoroughly recommend these books to anyone learning German who's at advanced A1 or A2 level.

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  • Sarah
  • 11-05-18

Would recommend for those learning German!

Really helpful for trying to familiarise yourself with German pronunciation and phrasing. Found it very useful in conjunction with evening classes. I'll be downloading the other books in this series!

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  • Jeffrey Lehman
  • 06-17-20

Slow, uneven pace, even for beginners

I bought the audiobook because I already have the text on Kindle. To be honest, it was disappointing that the audio wasn't free with the text, or the text free with the audio.

I realize this is for beginners, but the narration is far too slow. Each word is spoken at a reasonable pace, but the narrator pauses between almost every word! The pauses mean that if you use the speed settings to speed it up, it sounds very stacatto, and is really no good to listen to. If it had been spoken slowly at an even pace it would have been fine.

The stories themselves are quite interesting considering that they are in very simple German. However, due to the painfully slow and uneven pace I feel I have wasted my money.

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  • Catherine Welsh
  • 04-19-20

Simple but entertaining

A great way to learn German. Easy to follow, and the stories are very entertaining!

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  • Aisling
  • 11-20-18

Easy to follow

Café in Berlin is completely ‘auf Deutsch’ but spoken slowly which allows the listener to easily grasp what is being said. I’ve not had any lessons since secondary school (around 8yrs ago) but I was able to understand the majority of what was being said, at least enough to follow the story. Great book, would recommend if you’re trying to self-learn German!!!

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  • Dan
  • 08-23-18

Great for refreshing my German

Didn't feel like any effort to get that knowledge flowing back and even learn new vocab

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  • Aleksandra Borawska
  • 05-29-18

really great for beginners!

I wish there was also another version that's faster and more natural so that I can listen to exact same story, now that I know what's coming, but at a bit more natural pace.

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  • PoppyMorgan
  • 03-07-18

A useful book

This book is good for those who are beginning to learn German. The reading is slow enough to enable word recognition and comprehension. The pausing is such that the listener can also repeat words to aid memorisation and pronunciation.

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  • Lambro Johnson
  • 01-02-15

Great approach to learning german

Excellent if you have a rudimentary vocab. Would be perfect if it simultaneously displayed text.