This Interlinear book is very special because we revived it from a century ago. This is a rewritten, reviewed and updated version of a book by F. Hahn (initial translator) and C.A. Thimm (editor).
A book out-of-print for a century. We found it, updated it and are bringing it to you for the first time.
The translation includes:
This Interlinear translation closely follows the original translation published by F. Hahn, C.A. Thimm in 1916.
While working on our own Interlinear translations, we stumbled upon some old exisitng Interlinear translations of fiction: most of them from over a century ago!
We obtained one such translation - a book with the short title German Reading Book, published in 1901 by C.A. Thimm (and authored by F. Hahn). We had a key contributor to Interlinear, David MacLeod, transcribe the book from Gothic script, and Steffen Haugk helped us update it. We renewed not only the font but also the old spelling, updated the translation of some words, and decided to publish the book online again - after more than 100 years since its publication.
This is a revived book but it in principle follows the same Interlinear principles: it is literal but still understandable. This translation, however, is even more literal than we would normally have it, providing the translation of each individual word rather than merging words together. Due to the syntax of the German language, however, this is possible and indeed done very well in this revived translation!
"German Reading Book" (originally published in 1901) is a book for beginner German students. It is a collection of sentences (back in the first chapter), anecdotes and later very short stories in increasing difficulty. The shortest stories are just a page long while the longer ones span over ten pages.
The book was originally presented as "a selection of tales by celebrated German authors, progressively arranged either for use in classes or for self-study." Due to its format and length, the book is a very good introduction to reading German - and it is also a very interesting collection of little-known stories to read and enjoy!