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Hey,

I'm doing German as my second language this year in IB. I've decided that in order to cover the vocab, I will read some German material every day. By this I mean just 15 minutes a day of reading basic German things like news articles or storybooks, because I know vocab is best learnt in context and other tools like flashcards can be limited in discovering new vocab.

Could anyone suggest a good source of simple German reading material? Or more generally (in any language), what forms of written material did you find effective for getting a better grasp of your second language while learning. Often I find news articles a bit too complex, and children's books I have found are really good, but hard to find enough of them.

Any help or info would be very helpful. Thanks :-)

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Hello,

I am also taking german B, and even though they are hard enough to come by, children/pre-teen books are very useful for vocabulary. You can also try to watch german shows on internet, to make sure you understand what they are saying. Try to re-read every german paper your teacher has given you in the past few years, and try to understand every word, using a highlighter if you do not know one, then looking it up. Keep all new vocabulary words in a small notebook you can easily look up words in.

I hope this can help! :) I know it's helping me quite a bit!

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Simultaneous translations of short stories were really useful for me, as well as interesting. I didn't take German, but I know that Penguin Publishing did a series for Spanish :)

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