Growing up I had a huge hardcover book called I Can Read German which had words and sentences in German followed by their English language translations. As a kid I would open this book up and spend hours looking at all the funny German words. I never actually bothered learning any of them or if I did, they never stuck.
Flash forward 30 years and finally, I can actually say I can read German as I have just finished reading my first proper book in German -Die Neune Abenteuer des Wunschstuhls (The New Adventures of the Wishing Chair) by Enid Blyton. At 144 pages, it definitely falls into the book category rather than being a graded reader. I didn’t understand every single word, but I definitely understood the gist of it and could follow the story. I didn’t look up every single word I didn’t know as the point of reading this book was to see if I could read an actual book with the level of German I have now. I’m happy to say that answer is yes, even a book that is written in Präterium which forces you to learn a totally different word for all words written in past tense.
I’m now moving onto my next book Im Netz der schwarzen Spinne (In the net of the black spider) which promises adventure, puzzles and knowledge about Australia. I can’t wait!