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#6 – Easy book reading at Metso

When we were at Metso last time, we suddenly had the idea that reading a children’s book could be a good excercise. I know from my own very first books that they are written in a very easy way with a small amount of vocabulary, short sentences and have a common everday setting for their stories.

Luckily, there’s a children’s books section with books in various languages at Metso. I decided on the book “Der gelbe Pulli” by Paul Maar because of it’s common content. Also, his name rang a bell in my mind, I think I’ve read books from him when I was younger as well 😀 That book is available in Metso but you can also find it for example here on Amazon.

I pulled out my notebook to write down some words in case they were unknown. Maija and Kaisa were taking turns in reading after every page or paragraph. I think it went pretty well and both told me that it was easy to understand (much better than in our newspaper excercise) except for some new phrases or words 😀

Characteristic for those children’s books is that the font size is… well… reaaaally big. So we read through the whole book in roughly one hour only 🙂

I teached them a little bit about the reflexive pronoun “sich“, which basically means “oneself“, that is used in combination with certain verbs. Like in English language, there is no exact rule when it has to be used, you just have to learn that the verbs that need the pronoun with them.

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Some other useful words:

bunt = colourful

sauber = clean

dreckig = dirty

malen = to paint; colloquial meaning also: to draw, to doodle, to sketch, …

And pay attention to this!

Der Krieg (noun) = war

kriegen (verb) = to get, to receive sth.

>>> They might sound similar but the meaning is TOTALLY different!

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As you can see, our reading session went over without any big problems, I can really recommend learning with children’s books when you are beginners 😀 Children also have to start somewhere right? 😉 Metso is in my opinion, a good location to meet since they have books to read for free and space to sit down together and even a café upstairs 😀 Talking is possible if you’re not too loud, so hold your EOTO meetings there?! 🙂

~ Theresa ♥

Again at the library

Our study group met again at the main library Metso and this time we red a whole book in German. We chose a book which we decided to read and translate all the unfamiliar words from the text. It was actually book for children. It was a story about a girl who hated yellow color.

We red the text aloud and translated it page by page. There in the text were mentioned all the main colors so we had a good opportunity go trough all the colors in German again. The text wasn’t so difficult to understand but there were some strange phrases which I was not familiar with before. Our teacher explained those to us very well but also mentioned that ‘normal’ people doesn’t maybe use that kind of phrases. The book was also so old that some words were written with the old way.

It was great to notice that I really can understand written story in German and read a whole book. It was a easy read children’s book but still, it’s a book! :).

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Oktoberfest and books

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On nice and already a bit dark October afternoon we went to the main library Metso and found a nice cafe upstairs. Our teacher had found a newspaper article about Oktoberfest and we started to translate it. It was nice to notice that even I didn’t understand all the words, I could still follow up the story.

Oktoberfest is a huge happening in German. Our teacher told us that many people steal the beer glass (jar) as a souvenir. New word from the text for me was ‘Sanitätsstation’. It doesn’t mean ‘toilet station’ which was my first guess. It means first aid station which is usually quite crowded during the Oktoberfest.

When we got trough the text we went to the library downstairs. We looked around and tried to find a bookshelf where the German books are kept. Finally we found for example books for children, German poetry, novels and study books. There were a quite impressive collection and I think it is possible actually borrow and read something from easy read section :). At least we know now where those books can be found.