More About German For Reading

As stated in an earlier post, German for Reading by Karl C. Sandberg and John R. Wendel is an excellent book for improving your literary knowledge of German.  In many respects, the first chapter is the most important one since it deals with recognizing cognates, which are plentiful in German.  Be sure you study this chapter carefully as it will save you much dictionary use in the future.  The limitation of this book is that there are no excerpts from German newspapers or magazines, which employ a different kind of German than one finds in literary passages.  I recommend to the authors(assuming they are considering another edition) that they include excerpts from Der Spiegel, and German newspapers to better prepare the reader.

About Robert M. Weiss
From an early age, I've taken great pleasure in reading. Also, I learned to play my 78 player when I was quite young, and enjoyed listening to musicals and classical music. I remember sitting on the floor, and following the text and pictures of record readers, which were popular in the 1940s and 50s. My favorites were the Bozo and Disney albums. I also enjoyed watching the slow spinning of 16s as they spun out tales of adventure. I have always been attracted by rivers, and I love to sit on a boulder with my feet in the water, gazing into the mysteries of swirling currents. I especially like inner tubing on the Rogue River in Southern Oregon. Since my early youth, I've been interested in collecting minerals, which have taught me about the wonderful possibilities in colors and forms. Sometimes I try to imagine what the ancient Greeks must have felt when they began to discover physical laws in nature. I also remember that I had a special passion for numbers, and used to construct them out of stones. After teaching Russian for several years, I became a writer, interviewer, editor, and translator. I continue to delight in form, and am a problem solver at heart.

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