How to Talk About Books in German – German Learning Tips #40 (English) – Deutsch lernen

How to Talk About Books in German – German Learning Tips #40 (English) – Deutsch lernen


Hi, everyone. Today I want to talk to you about “Bücher” or books in German. If you haven’t already done so, you can
click CC down below and turn on the subtitles They are available in German and English. This video is also available in German
and there is a link down below. Now let’s get started. There are “viele Arten von Büchern”. If you want to “lachen”, you can read a “Komödie”. Sometimes they aren’t very funny, but at
least they have “eine gute Endung”. And therefore we call it “eine Komödie”. This is in contrast to “Tragödie” in the Greek sense of the word. “Tragödien haben traurige Endungen.” “Tragödie” and “Komödie” are both types of “Drama”. “Drama” is mostly recognized by a lot of “Dialoge”. There are 3 major “Gattungen der Literatur”. In addition to “Drama” there are also “Epik” and “Lyrik”. “Lyrik” is mostly written in verses. This doesn’t necessarily mean that is is sung or that it rhymes, but it should have “einen bestimmten Rhythmus”. Most of the time people think of this nowadays as “Dichtung” or “Lieder”. In the Greek sense, “Epik” also has “einen bestimmten Rhythmus”, but nowadays it means something a little
bit different. “Epik” generally has to do with “Heroismus” or larger themes. For example: das Ende der Welt, Erdbeben, Katastrophen, und so weiter. You should be careful not to mix up the word “Epos” and “Epik”. “Ein Epos”, in the Greek sense of the word, has “einen bestimmten Rhythmus”. For example: Beowulf. But that’s technically a “Lyrik”. If you search on amazon.de, you will find “viele verschiedene Kategorien von Büchern”. Some “Kategorien” have descriptive names. For example: Kinderbücher sind für Kinder. Jugendbücher sind für Jugend. Gegenwartsliteratur was written in the last 70 years. Other category names just tell you about the “Inhalt”. Ein Roman ist eine lange Geschichte. Ein Gedichtband ist ein Buch voller Gedichte. Ein Liederbuch ist ein Buch voller Lieder. The most popular “Bucharten” are Krimi oder Thriller, Fantasie, Klassiker, Liebesromane, Zukunftsromane oder Science Fiction, Politik und Geschichte, und Humor. There are also Tatsachenromane. These are books about Geschichte und Fakten. These could be “Biografien, Erinnerungen, Geschichtsbücher, oder Bücher über Politik und Naturwissenschaften, oder andere Themen. Who is your favorite author? What is your favorite book? What do you like to read? I like to read science fiction. I like “The Hunger Games” by Suzanne Collins and “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo” series by Stieg Larsson. I am currently reading a book about Münchhausen. My favorite author is Douglas Adams and my favorite series is “The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy”. but I like the second book, “The Restaurant at the End of the Universe” the most. Write in the comments down below your answers to these questions. That’s all for today. Thanks for watching. Until next time. Bye.

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  1. you mispronounce the german words Tragödie and Komödie. there is no silent e in german, so you should pronounce the ones at the end of these words.

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