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Initial post: 13 Jun 2008 18:47:56 BDT
... which are written not so difficult, because my english is not so good. I can understand very much and speak and read, but not so perfect and often I'm searching for the words, because I don't know what they mean. Can anybody help me? Thank you, Andrea

In reply to an earlier post on 14 Jun 2008 09:24:59 BDT
Lanthanium says:
Recently I have read the book "How I made $ US 2,000,000 in the stock market" which was written by the Hungerian dancer Nicolas Darvas, who became famous by his success in stock-picking (and, of course, as a dancer). It is written in plain and simple English, because Darvas was an immigrant.

In reply to an earlier post on 16 Jun 2008 10:56:09 BDT
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Tedesca says:
Hi Andrea,
maybe you could let us know what kind of books you enjoy reading, so it will be easier for us to recommend something!
Kind regards,

In reply to an earlier post on 16 Jun 2008 14:11:12 BDT
Varnhagen says:
If you are ineterested in children's books: the classics like Edith Nesbit, C.S. Lewis etc. are written in very good English and a lot easier to understand than adult books. They helped me to improve my English after leaving schoool.

In reply to an earlier post on 17 Jun 2008 14:09:05 BDT
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In reply to an earlier post on 17 Jun 2008 19:20:38 BDT
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Hi! English isn't my first language either and I enjoy reading and watching books and films in English.

I would recommend to look for books, where you are interested in the topic. Maybe one of your favourite films is based on a novel? This could be a starting point. Do you like romantic love stories, or mystery thrillers? Classics like Charles Dickens or Mark Twain or Jane Austen etc. also are always good and rewarding reading material.
Even if you need a dictionary at hand in the beginning, that doesn't have to be for long. It gets better with every book.
Just recently I found the volume of Jane Austen's "Pride and Prejudice" from a few years ago and had to smile about the pencilmarks on words I translated with the help of my dictionary. Now I read English as fluent as German.

What I essentially want to say, read in English what you would read and enjoy in German, and don't go for children's books, as the language used there is by no means "easier", sometimes it's just the opposite.

In reply to an earlier post on 17 Jun 2008 20:08:54 BDT
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In reply to an earlier post on 17 Jun 2008 21:41:03 BDT
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sista A says:
Hi Andrea,

maybe you should have a look at "Quick Reads". It's a series of books for english native speakers (adults) whose reading abilities are less than a hundred percent perfect, either because they didn't learn it properly or have some sort of handicap like dislexia. All books are written by established writers (like e.g. Val McDermid or Minette Walters) especially for this series. They are short and the vocabulary should not be very extensive. If you enter "Quick Reads" in the search field you'll get a list of books from various genres and authors. Maybe you'll find something you like. Good luck :-).

In reply to an earlier post on 17 Jun 2008 21:51:11 BDT
Heike Stoll says:
Hallo Andrea,
versuch es doch mal mit den Büchern von Danielle Steele. Die sind in Englisch leicht zu lesen und es hat den Vorteil, dass man, wenn man sich das Buch in Deutsch aus der Bücherei holt, ganze Passagen nachlesen kann, die man nicht verstanden hat. Aber das sollte die Ausnahme sein. Auch die Bücher von Nora Roberts gibt es fast alle in beiden Sprachen. Aber hier noch ein Tipp: Einfach weiterlesen!! Wenn ein wort (oder Satz) nicht klar ist beim Lesen, einfach Augen zu und weiter, meistens wird die Bedeutung ein wsenig später klar. Manchmal jedoch gibt es Schlüsselwörter, die sich nicht aus dem Zusammenhang erklären, dann erst nachschauen. Viel Spass! Schreib mal wie's gefallen hat. Heike

In reply to an earlier post on 18 Jun 2008 00:24:45 BDT
Betti says:
I think to start with a novel based on a movie is probably the best and easiest for the start. If you like love stories I can definently recommend "Ps I love you!" not only beeing humerous but also very easy to understand

In reply to an earlier post on 19 Jun 2008 15:35:13 BDT
Hi Andrea,

It really all depends upon your taste. If there are not too many words you don't understand, I would suggest you just read on. In that respect, all Reclam-edtion books have the big advantage of words explained on the bottom of the page, although the books do simply not look appealing. You can find almost anything in Reclam.
The same holds true for simplified editions as well. There are several series of different publishers. The higher levels might be the right thing for you, even if some people say simplifieds should not be read at all.
Some easier authentic books which should als be fun to read are : Tracy Chevalier "Girl with a Pearl Earring", Helen Fielding "Bridget Jones's Diary", Graham Greene "Dr. Fisher of Geneva or the Bomb Party", Nick Hornby "About a Boy" and Sue Townsend "The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole, Aged 13 3/4", Collin Higgins "Harold and Maude" and Roald Dahl "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory"
I hope some of these might be of your taste. Otherwise, just go to a bookstore and browse ... this helps as well

In reply to an earlier post on 20 Jun 2008 00:20:54 BDT
Terry Pratchett has writtena number of books intended for young adults or children. The vocabulary is easy enough and still these books are fun to read even for the adult reader.
Nomes Trilogy ("Movers", Diggers", "Wings")
"Only you can save mankind"
"Carpet People"

If you like these works you can later continue with the diskworld novels (or much recommended "Good Omens") as your skill in the language does increase.

Ich kann auch noch mal auf Deutsch schreiben ;)

In reply to an earlier post on 22 Jun 2008 02:44:59 BDT
I enjoyed reading the "Vampire Kisses" Novels. Ellen Schreiber, the author, doesn't use a too difficult vocab cause it's written from a teenage girl's view.
If you enjoy vampires and sarcasm, you'll love the series!

In reply to an earlier post on 22 Jun 2008 13:17:03 BDT

auch ich suche englische Literatur, hauptsächlich Krimis, und wäre an Deinen Büchern interessiert. Der Begriff "Sano Ichiro Mysteries" sagt mir leider nicht viel. Handelt es sich dabei um Romane an asiatischen Schauplätzen? Die kommen dann nicht so in Frage. Ich hätte gerne eine Liste und die Preisvorstellungen dazu.

Vielen Dank

Marita Schneider

In reply to an earlier post on 22 Jun 2008 13:50:06 BDT
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Heike DA says:
Hi Michaela,
ich lese gerade dein Angebot und bin auch interessiert. Besonders an "vieles mehr".
Ich habe schon alles gelesen von elizabeth george, cornwell, reichs und viele gerritsen. rowland kenn ich nicht. welche autoren hast du noch. würde dir ein ggfls ein paket abkeufen.

In reply to an earlier post on 24 Jun 2008 13:17:39 BDT
Try *Skyline-Syndikat*, a mystery novel I wrote specifically for people like you! It's written for German-speaking adults who would like to improve their English. The story takes place in my native city, New York. *Skyline-Syndikat* is inexpensive and fits in your pocket or purse. There are easy exercises on every page.
or search for "Skyline-Syndikat"on
Wishing you both fun and success,

In reply to an earlier post on 24 Jun 2008 18:42:10 BDT
E.S. says:
Dear Andrea , try Agatha Christie novels and mysteries. Her novels really helped to improve my English. The sentences are not too long and the language is a correct and proper English. Language sometimes seems to be a bit old fashioned but the dialogues she wrote are also very helpful to improve conversation skills.
Christie wrote so many novels and crime mysteries that you have a great choice. It is also worth to watch the BBC series of her Miss Marple and Poirot novels (which are very close to the written ones). Chose the English Version with subtitles. Then you can read, listen and watch an entertainig and well made TV series.

In reply to an earlier post on 24 Jun 2008 20:17:50 BDT
Hi Andrea,
best tip I can give is - don't look up words! It spoils the fun and flow of reading and doesn't help all that much because it is so easy to pick the wrong meaning from all the options offered in a good dictionary (a friend at work does this - its hilarious for me, but not so funny for her). So many words in English depend on the context for their meaning and if you understand the rest of the sentence and are following a story you will automatically (subconsciously?) pick up what the unfamiliar words mean (in general, if not in detail). Don't let too much conscious thought block natural, subconscious understanding. When I was teaching English to groups or german adults I often had to tell them "don't think, just speak", otherwise they spent so much time thinking about, checking and then re-checking what they wanted to say, that they never actually said it :)

In reply to an earlier post on 7 Jul 2008 09:09:25 BDT
Tedesca says:
Hallo Andrea,

ich lese gerade "The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time" von Marc Haddon - der Ich-Erzähler ist Autist, dementsprechend einfach ist die Sprache gehalten, was irgendwie den besonderen Charme der Geschichte ausmacht. Ein wunderbares Buch, auf eine spezielle Art witzig und rundherum berührend, fast schon traurig.

Liebe Grüße

In reply to an earlier post on 13 Jul 2008 10:33:04 BDT
M. R. Jones says:

Go to your local library and go to three sections:

English book section in the children's section of the library - I am currently reading Inkspell (Tintenblut) by Cornelia Funke
Foreign book section in the adult section of the library
The 'easy reading book' section of the area of the library where there are books for learning English.

If you don't know where they are, ask the staff of your local library to show you where they are.

Believe me - much, much cheaper than spending money on each book. The library fee will cost you about EUR 10-13 a year - and you can read lots and lots of books.

In reply to an earlier post on 15 Jul 2008 21:36:27 BDT
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In reply to an earlier post on 16 Jul 2008 10:22:06 BDT
blaujackie says:

ich mag die englischen Bücher von Cecelia Ahern. Das versteht man auch ganz super. Ich bin auch der Meinung Augen zu und durch und nicht jedes Wörtchen nachschlagen. Sollte ein Wort mehrmals vorkommen, dann schlage ich es auch mal nach.

Ich kann noch Jodi Picoult empfehlen (z. B. 19 minutes), wobei ich ich das Buch etwas schwerer finde.

Dann gibt es noch sogenannte Lernkrimis. Die gibts es für Grund- und Aufbauwortschatz. Da sind zwischen den Kapiteln immer Übungen drin.

In reply to an earlier post on 16 Jul 2008 11:37:33 BDT
hallo michalea,
falls sich andrea bei dir nicht meldet , ich würde mich auch für deine englischen und französischen bücher interessieren.
gruß kosirot

In reply to an earlier post on 21 Jul 2008 15:09:13 BDT
Last edited by the author on 21 Jul 2008 15:09:58 BDT
Hazel says:
Hi Andrea,

If you like historical fiction, you might like The Roman Mysteries by Caroline Lawrence. The first book is called The Thieves of Ostia (Die Diebe von Ostia). And there are many more. They are for children, but very enjoyable for other age groups too. (I don't know how old you are, but that doesn't matter).
If you go to or and look up this book, you can 'read an excerpt'. If you read the first few pages, you will probably know, if this book is something for you.

They are also translated in German, so you might able to borrow them from your library, maybe even in both languages. Maybe this is also a good tip for other books.

Anyway, happy reading and good luck!

P.S. German is not my native language, and English isn't either, but I read a lot of English books, and my English is much much better than my German. That is why I wrote this in English.

In reply to an earlier post on 22 Jul 2008 20:56:14 BDT
AMapp says:
Try "The Center of the Spiral" by Cecille Ravencraft. She's German, so there should be no problem with understanding her English!
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