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Listen to German – A Berlin Crime Story

Hello everyone,

wie geht’s euch heute? Last week was an all about grammar, so this week we’ll give those muscles a rest and instead focus on the muscle group called Earus Understandiceps with some listening comprehension. And today, I’m not going to read a short story. Instead, I’ll read a snippet of a whole book for learners.

Krimi in Berlin v1

V1 because it’s a three part series by now :).
The author is Janine, she is a German teacher (from Berlin, by the way) both in real life and online, she has a website with super useful free mini courses about German grammar (I’ll add all the links below), she has her own Youtube channel about the German language AND as if that wasn’t enough, she also writes novels for learners. And those are really lovely.

They’re well written and fun, she uses lots of colloquial language and slang that people ACTUALLY use in daily life, the stories are really up to date and “zeitgeist”-y and most importantly, she puts a lot of love into it.
Not like all those sterile, artificial learner books from the book assembly lines of the industry, full of preservatives and flavor enhancers and crap like that. Those will eat your soul.
Okay, no, they’re not that bad. But Janine’s books are better and funer and I’m really happy that she agreed to this little project.
We won’t read the very beginning because it is a bit slow, so let me fill you in on what happened so far: