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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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Publisher's Summary

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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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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Great approach to learning german

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

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  • Super T
  • 13-06-2015

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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  • Jesus Villanueva
  • 02-04-2015

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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  • pm444
  • 16-09-2014

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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  • Alaa Halassa
  • 05-10-2019

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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  • Lassi Lapintie
  • 29-11-2015

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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  • Big Reader
  • 23-09-2020

Andre Klein is the best way to learn German

I'm a complete beginner in German. I read the stories and listen to the audio book. The narration could not be better. Slow, pleasant and easy to understand. This in combination with some learning apps is a delightful and fun way to learn German. The stories are informative, entertaining and sometimes silly. Can't wait to graduate to Andre Klein's detective series. The Learn German with Paul Noble audio books are also an excellent learning tool.

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  • Brenner
  • 17-09-2020

Its cadence is strange but the quality is excellen

the words are said slowly which is perfect for a german beginner but there are pauses between words which I don't think are necessary. this is my first one I picked up so I don't know if that is mitigated later in the series. I do really like the quality and knowing many germans, and having been to germany, the pronunciation is good and will help anyone studying the language. at $3-4 the price is excellent too!

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  • Karrin L.
  • 15-04-2020

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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  • Anonymous User
  • 13-10-2019

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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  • Gene A. Brotherton Jr.
  • 03-08-2019

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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  • Anton van Deventer
  • 20-10-2015

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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  • Tim
  • 25-04-2019

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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  • Jason
  • 08-04-2018

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
  • 13-09-2015

Entertaining!

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

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  • Sarah
  • 05-11-2018

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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  • D.B. Retired, male.
  • 04-10-2020

Commercialism Strikes Again!

The author is obviously a skilled language teacher and has come up with an excellent format for learners starting out on their long journey to acquire a new language. To the author I give five stars but the whole reading experience was ruined for me by the overt, intrusive and unavoidable commercialisation that surrounded every study session. One of the reasons I like to read is to escape the awful American - style commercialism that pervades and intrudes into every area of one's life with increasing regularity. Here is just one example: When I finished reading Cafe in Berlin, since I am a beginner, I wanted to reread the book. Silly me. I thought I was in control of my life. I thought, if I wanted to, I could simply reopen the 'book' I had long ago paid for and continue with my studies. No, first I must write a review, then tell anyone I know who gives a monkey's that I've read another book, then (forget language acquisition) give my attention to buying yet another 'book' that I won't be able to reread without going through all this again. If you see someone running down the middle of the road screaming, be gentle: es werde mir wahrscheinlich sein.

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  • wanda_gershwitz
  • 29-08-2020

Great for beginners

Nicely read at a slow, manageable pace. Content is interesting and informative about German culture. Thoroughly enjoyed it.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 29-07-2020

Quite disappointing

The staccato delivery is quite off-putting. The book is aimed at the early beginner and I found it irritating.

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  • Jeffrey Lehman
  • 17-06-2020

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
  • 19-04-2020

Simple but entertaining

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