GROW Project 2022 Q3 Reading in German Language

Employee: Sara Jakša (28th June 2022)

Goals: What do you want to achieve/resolve/solve?

Long-Term Goal: Being fluent in the German language

Short-Term Goal: Being able to read fiction in the German language, both with ease and with huge holes in understanding

Current Reality: What is happening now? Have you already taken any steps towards your goal?

I had been learning German on and off ever since I needed to pass a B1 exam for my exchange at the Leipzig university (which the professor passed me, even though I did not reach that level in speaking and listening). I now want to put at least the most frequent skill - reading, to the level, when I can use it without any problems.

Currently, when I am reading in German, I sometimes miss the meaning of entire paragraphs, I need to really think to follow along and I get tired after reading for 15-20 minutes.

Options: What can you do? What are your options?

The main task would most likely be to just read more. I bought myself around 20 book, that I am willing to read in German. I can also participate in events like Tadoku, for motivation.

Since one of the problems is also a lack of vocabulary, I could increase my vocabulary by:

  • watching shows (with German subtitles) - here German dubbing everything would be a great help
  • doing vocabulary drills in Anki
  • I could also supplement this with courses, speaking exchanges and travel in German speaking countries

Will: Of these options, what is your most powerful next step? / What will you do until our next meeting?

I will start with reading more, and then we will see, if I will need something more.

Other things to be mentioned:

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Do you need specific development support (training, coaching, etc.) to achieve your goals?

Probably none.

Interspection on the goal

I have spend some time in this quarter improving my German. I spend most of my time on the reading skills, but I have also been spending some time on the listening skills and even less on vocabulary. I did not do any notable work on the language skills outside of this.

Based on the fluency and understanding of my reading, I have been improving in the last three months. I am now in the level to read comics and simple book, but not yet the young adult level books. I can also now listen to some of the series and get the gist - something I could not have done on the beginning of the quarter.

I also participated in two Tadoku reading competition, each time reading a bit over equivalent of 500 pages of German books.

In this quarter, I have finished the below list of books:

Comics:

  • Aoyama, Gosho: Detektiv Conan Bourbon on the Rocks , Egmont manga, 2019
  • Aoyama, Gosho: Detektiv Conan Lone Wolf Edition , Egmont manga, 2021
  • Neet, Aneko, Yusagi: The Reprise of he Spear Hero 2 , TokyoPop, 2022
  • Neet, Aneko, Yusagi: The Repise of the Spear Hero 3 , TokyoPop, 2022
  • Shinkai, Makoto, Kotone, Ranmaru: Your Name 2 , Egmont manga, 2016
  • Shinkai, Makoto, Kotone, Ranmaru: Your Name 3 , Egmont manga, 2017
  • Shinkai, Makoto, Kanoh, Arata, Nakamura, Jyunya: Your Name - Another Side: Earthbound 1 , Egmont manga, 2018
  • Shinkai, Makoto, Kanoh, Arata, Nakamura, Jyunya: Your Name - Another Side: Earthbound 2 , Egmont manga, 2019
  • Shinkoshoto, Liver Jam & POPO: Der Stärlste Held mit dem Mal der Schwäche 1 , Altaverse, 2021
  • Shinkoshoto, Liver Jam & POPO: Der Stärlste Held mit dem Mal der Schwäche 2 , Altaverse, 2021
  • Shinkoshoto, Liver Jam & POPO: Der Stärlste Held mit dem Mal der Schwäche 3 , Altaverse, 2022
  • Shinkoshoto, Liver Jam & POPO: Der Stärkste Held mit dem Mal der Schwäche 4 , Altaverse, 2021
  • Shinkoshoto, Liver Jam & POPO: Der Stärkste Held mit dem Mal der Schwäche 5 , Altaverse, 2022
  • Shinkoshoto, Liver Jam & POPO: Der Stärkste Held mit dem Mal der Schwäche 6 , Altaverse, 2022
  • Shinkoshoto, Liver Jam & POPO: Der Stärkste Held mit dem Mal der Schwäche 7 , Altraverse, 2022
  • Yamaguchi, Satoru, Hidaka, Nami: My Next Life as a Villainess: Wie überlebe ich in einem dating-game? 3 , Manga Cult, 2020
  • Yamaguchi, Satoru, Hidaka, Nami: My Next Life as a Villainess: Wie überlebe ich in einem dating-game? 4 , Manga Cult, 2021
  • Yamaguchi, Satoru, Hidaka, Nami: My Next Life as a Villainess: Wie überlebe ich in einem dating-game? 5 , Manga Cult, 2021
  • Yamaguchi, Satoru, Hidaka, Nami: My Next Life as a Villainess: Wie überlebe ich in einem dating-game? 6 , Manga Cult, 2021
  • Yamaguchi, Satoru, Hidaka, Nami: My Next Life as a Villainess: Wie überlebe ich in einem dating-game? 7 , Manga Cult, 2022

Simplified books:

  • Böttcher, R., Lang, S., Salvador, K.: Der Fluch der Mumie , Cideb, 2003
  • Böttcher, Regine, Lang, Susanne: Erich ist verschwunden , Cideb, 2004
  • Cadwallader, Jane: Aladin und die Wunderlampe , ELI, 2020
  • Cadwallader, Jane: Oma Fix und das gelbe Band , ELI, 2013
  • Cadwallader, Jane: Oma Fix und der Pirat , ELI, 2016
  • Cadwallader, Jane: Oma Fix und die kleinen Wikinger , ELI, 2017
  • Czarnecki, Stefan: Das geheimnisvolle Foto , Cideb, 2015
  • Hoffmann, E.T.A., Liberati, Alessandra, Meglio, Marcella De: Der Nussknacker , Cideb, 2011
  • Medaglia, Cinzia, Seiffarth, Achim: Die Nachbarn , Cideb, 2003
  • Shelley, Mary, Werner, Sabine: Frankenstein , Cideb, 2007
  • Tieck, Ludwig, Seiffarth, Achim: Der Runenberg , Cideb, 2003
  • Werner, Sabine: Das geheime Rezept , Cideb, 2012
  • Werner, Sabine: Die Legende des Piraten Störtebeker , Cideb, 2017
  • Werner, Sabine: Diebstahl in Hamburg , Cideb, 2014
  • Werner, Sabine: Eine spezielle Band , Cideb, 2010

Books:

  • de Saint-Exupéry, Antoine: Der Kleine Prinz , Fischer TaschenBibliothek, 2015