Anchors Aweigh! Dino Goes To Hamburg (Episode 5)

Hallo zusammen,

Summer is slowly approaching and soon we’ll all be sitting in trains, airplanes, or stuck in traffic on the Autobahn, looking for that special place in the sun. And whether you end up lying on the beach, or just lounging on Balkonien*, why not enjoy some stories and learn German at the same time?

Also Dino is on the road again, this time visiting Hamburg, “the most beautiful city in the world”, with its famous port, inner-city lakes, canals and green parks. Here’s the cover and the blurb:


Fresh off the train, Dino stumbles over an apartment offer which seems too good to be true, and of course there is a catch. Coping with new neighbors and a strange dialect, he soon begins to wonder whether he bit off more than he can chew.

You can get the book in three different editions: as Kindle (US | UK), Paperback (US | UK) or direct download from our site. (If you don’t live in the US or UK, check here for more Amazon links). iTunes and other stores will follow soon.

Alright, I guess that’s it for today. Have a great summer!

Alles Gute,


*German equivalent of “staycation”, i.e. a holiday spent in the comforts of your own home

P.S.: In case you haven’t subscribed to the LearnOutLive blog yet, I’ve posted a new article yesterday about German graphic novels. And if you look at the archive, there are tons of (free) resources for German learners, from books, to TV series to games.

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A FREE Choose-Your-Own-Story Book For German Learners, And Finally: Part III Of The Aschkalon Trilogy

Hallo zusammen,

It’s the beginning of the weekend (and the summer), so I won’t take up too much of your time. But the news I have to tell you are just too exciting to wait any longer! (Skip to the bottom for that sweet hyperlink action).

An Idea Whose Time Had Come

Two years ago I had an idea. What if there was an interactive fantasy adventure especially written for German learners, where you could explore strange landscapes, slay monsters and loot dungeons, while at the same picking up new vocabulary, phrases and grammar without even noticing?

I checked local libraries and the Internet. There was no such thing. So I set out to create it. I started out with a quick story-line and asked my sister, who’s a talented painter to make this fantasy world come alive with illustrations. Before we knew it, the story was sprawling out across the pages and it was clear that the materials were too much for just one book. We needed a trilogy!


Now, almost exactly two years later, we finally put together the third and final part of this interactive fantasy adventure for German learners. The final episode is entitled “Targarax” and it’s the longest book in the series. And it’s now ready for download! Here’s the blurb:

The evil prince Katano has withdrawn to the secret realm of shadows, from where he plans to unleash an army of unspeakable terror onto the world. Only you can confront him. But will you withstand the temptation of dark forces yourself? 

Get it now on (UK, or other branches) as a Kindle edition and start adventuring on your Kindle, iPhone, tablet or desktop computer.

Did I Hear You Say Free?

Now, I’m aware that this type of choose-your-own-story fantasy book genre is not everyone’s cup of tea. Fair enough. This is why for the next few days I want to give everyone who has just the slightest curiosity about this series the option to download the first episode of this trilogy for free, zero, nada, zilch! So, if you’ve toyed with the idea of trying this in the past, now is the time to do it risk-free! offer expired!

Interested? Just follow this link, start downloading Genowrin and get three files (MOBI, EPUB, PDF) for the price of none! What are you waiting for?

But … What About Dino?

Ah, yes. I told you last time that there would soon be another Dino lernt Deutsch episode, didn’t I? Well, I got good news for you. The first draft for the next book is finished and I’ll start as soon as possible to add vocabulary, exercises and illustrations. Can you guess what city we’re traveling to, this time? No? You’ll find out very, very soon 🙂

Okay, that’s it from me today. Time to say goodbye to work and “Welcome!” to the weekend.

Viele Grüße,


P.S.: If you’re wondering about the paperback edition of Targarax, this is definitely on the roadmap but will take me a little bit longer due to the interactive nature of this book.

P.P.S: Come join me and other German learners on  Twitter and Facebook, as well!

Dino lernt Deutsch: New Editions All Around

Hallo zusammen,

It hasn’t been that long since my last letter, so I’m happy to say that today I don’t just have one but even three (!) announcements to make!

But first of all, did you know that the number of German language learners worldwide is growing, and for the first time since more than a decade ago, people are again increasingly interested in learning this beautiful (and yes — sometimes a little contrived) language?

Almost every day I receive emails from German students and teachers, sharing with me how they use the “Dino lernt Deutsch” or “Baumgartner & Momsen” books in their personal study or in class. And, to be quite honest — while I’m always very happy to hear from you, it is also very humbling. When I first started this, I never expected that these little books would one day find their way into classrooms and onto e-readers and tablets worldwide.

I know that learning a new language can sometimes be frustrating, so I’m just glad to help add a little bit of fun back into the mix. Thank you for that! 🙂

Dino lernt Deutsch Collector’s Edition


The first news I have for you today is a brand-new collector’s edition of the four “Dino lernt Deutsch” episodes which have been published so far. “What for?”, you ask. Well, I’ve heard from some readers that instead of jumping from book to book, they’d prefer to just have all the stories in one place, which made a lot of sense to me. Also, it’s a nice gift-idea for budding German learners. Plus, it just looks nicer on the bookshelf.

You can get the Dino lernt Deutsch collector’s edition either as a paperback or as Kindle edition (more links here). Also, there’s a little discount so that when you get the collector’s edition you save a few bucks in comparison to getting all the episodes separately.

And just in case you ask … this does not mean the end of the Dino lernt Deutsch series. More episodes are already in planning and I’ll keep you updated when the next one is ready.

Ferien in Frankfurt Finally Available On Audible & iTunes

Remember that last time I told you about the new “Ferien in Frankfurt” audiobook? I promised you Audible and iTunes versions, and it took them a while to approve the files, but they finally went through, and now in addition to getting the MP3s from the LearnOutLive bookshop, you can also get them from iTunes and Audible!

Ferien in Frankfurt on CD


Last but not least, I also created a CD version for “Ferien in Frankfurt”. And yes, I know … CDs are just on the verge (or even way past) of becoming an obsolete medium, but you have to admit it’s just nice to be able to hold something in your hands in this digital day and age, isn’t it?

You can get your own copy via — put together with a paperback edition it could be a nice gift idea as well. *Hint, Hint*

Okay, this whole newsletter is already much longer than I originally intended, but I think that’s it for now. Stay healthy and happy, and much success on your learning journey!

Mit besten Grüßen,



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It’s German Story Time: The Ferien in Frankfurt Audiobook is Finally Here! (and another surprise)

Hallo zusammen,

It’s been a while since my last email. Now, it’s spring time. The days are getting longer. The cold is slowly moving on. We have a saying in German: “April, April, der macht, was er will.” (April, April, it does what it wants) — and although it’s only March the weather still doesn’t seem able to decide what it wants in many places around the world.

Over the last couple of months I received many emails from you guys, asking me about more audiobooks in the “Dino lernt Deutsch” series. And today I have not just one but two big news in the audio department! Let’s get right to it.

Take a Walk in Your Imagination

After many weeks of recording, editing and post-processing, I proudly present to you the Ferien in Frankfurt audiobook edition. The narration speed and style is aimed at absolute beginners, with special emphasis on word pronunciation, so that you can easily pause and repeat words and phrases whenever you please.

Intermediate learners will enjoy just sitting back, listening to the chapters and immersing themselves in the story: visiting a traditional Frankfurt cider pub, riding in the U-Bahn and strolling along the shores of the Main river.

You can get the audiobook now as a direct download for only $4.99. The audiobook contains an unabridged reading of the original story and runs over one hour long. The download comes as a ZIP file containing MP3 audio, without DRM or copy-restrictions so that you can listen to this audiobook on whatever device or app you like best.

Also, if you don’t have the ebook yet, you can get both the audio and the ebook version in a special bundle offer for only $6.99.


(Audible and iTunes versions will be added in the coming weeks)

Café in Berlin For Your Record Collection: The CD Version

In a world of digital downloads, cloud storage and music streaming it can sometimes be nice to hold something in your hands. This is why I decided to create a CD version of the Café in Berlin audiobook. Whether you’d like to give it as a present, display it on your shelves or just look at the cover while you’re listening, the CD is now available on Amazon (US-import) with full color cover and unfoldable booklet.


Okay … that’s it for today. Happy listening 🙂

Any questions or comments? Just hit reply. I’m always happy to hear from you.

Viele Grüße und Alles Gute,


P.S.: You can also get in touch directly via Twitter or Facebook.

With Love From Munich: Dino’s Next German Learning Adventure

Hallo zusammen,

It’s that time of the year again. Temperatures are falling. The days are getting shorter. And while everyone’s already in over-drive mode for the annual holiday shopping, why not just take it easy, have a hot cup of coffee or tea and brush up your German while enjoying a nice little story?

Today, I’d like to present to you the fourth and latest episode of our Dino lernt Deutsch series. This time we’re going all the way south to München, which — as you may know — is the German name for Munich. Like previous episodes this book features ten humorous chapters packed with easy-to-understand dialogues and descriptions for the budding German learner, complete with a detailed vocabulary, comprehension questions and illustrations.

Learn German with Stories: Momente in München – 10 Short Stories for Beginners cover

The book is called Momente in München and is available now as a Kindle edition and Indie Publishing Pack (i.e. direct download) for the warm and fuzzy-feely reader-friendly price of $2.99. (Print and other editions coming soon)

What are you waiting for? Head on over to Amazon (US|UK) and start reading within seconds. Or, if you’d rather download the ebook directly from us, you can also get three different file formats (MOBI, EPUB and PDF) for the price of one, no DRM, no registration, no questions asked. Here’s the link to to our store.

Also, I’d like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who’s been writing me emails over the last few months, sharing their own learning journeys and feedback about these books. You’ve been a great inspiration and remind me daily why I’m doing this. Tausend Dank!

But enough from me. You probably can’t wait to see what Dino’s doing in Munich.

Thanks for reading! Thanks for supporting independent publishing.

And most importantly: Happy Reading!

Viele Grüße,



P.S.: You can also get in touch directly via Gezwitscher or Gesichtsbuch. (Yes, those are literal translations of Twitter and Facebook. I wonder why not more start-ups have German names …)

New Navigation Maps For Your German Learning Adventure

Hallo zusammen,


It has been claimed many times that learning the German language is like entering a vast and dangerous territory. “Many have ventured inside, and only few returned”, or somesuch. However, this journey doesn’t have to be intimidating. If you immerse yourself in a good story, for example, you can learn the language while giving the panic-prone part of the brain a timeout.

As you know, I’ve written a number of different stories for German learners in the past few years, among them an interactive adventure series (Genowrin, Shanima) set in a medieval fantasy kingdom. Today, I’d like to announce a big update for the first two books of this trilogy. They now come with maps! That’s right, no more wandering in circles when entering dungeons, forests or buildings. You can now simply follow the maps included at the end of the books, or just download them as PDF versions. Find out more about this here.

Ladies & Gentlemen, Update Your Kindle Editions

Somewhat connected to this, I’d like to remind everyone who’s using Kindle (devices or apps) to turn on Automatic Updates. Every few weeks and months I make updates to my books (fixing typos, improving layout, etc.) and if you own the Kindle edition you can get these updates automatically, free of charge. This way, you’ll always have the latest edition of a book, even if you bought it years ago. Find out more about this here.

Ducks, Horses and Books Around The World

In other news, I wanted to thank everyone again for participating in The Incredibly Fabulous LearnOutLive German Books 5-Minute Mini Survey that I sent out in March. Among the results were many mind-boggling insights such as that a whopping 70% of you would rather fight 100 duck-sized horses than 1 horse-sized duck. Who’dathought? When it comes to preferred reading formats (electronic vs. paper) there’s only a slight preference for digital convenience, with no end in sight for the good old paperback. Also, when I asked you which stories and characters you’d like to see more of, you all said Baumgartner & Momsen andDino lernt Deutsch, to which I can only reply: I’m working on it. Geduld, Geduld!

Last but not least, the LearnOutLive global book map is slowly starting to get populated, with new readers sending in their photos from all over the world. If you’d like to add your own, showing off how you read Café in Berlin next to the pyramids or sit perusing the latest Baumgartner & Momsen mystery in a canoe on the Congo, by all means, please go ahead and put it up! The more the merrier.

That’s it from me today. As usual I’d like to invite you to follow on Twitter and Facebook if you haven’t done so already and wish you a beautiful weekend.


Viele Grüße,





Connecting German Learners Worldwide

Hallo zusammen,


Last week I wrote you about the release of the new Café in Berlin audiobook and today I have yet another thing to share with you. And no, it’s not another book.

Connecting Readers Worldwide

Part of the pleasure of being an independent author/publisher is the direct communication with readers from all over the world. It’s often only through readers’ mail that I find out where (and how) my books are being used, and it can be very surprising.

To be quite honest, when I started writing these little stories for German learners I had no clue that one day they would be read (and even taught in schools) around the globe.

So, for a few weeks, I’ve been thinking: “Wouldn’t it be great if readers could share their experience with other readers?”

Today, I’m glad to present the first step in that direction: the LearnOutLive Readers Map, where you can upload a photo of a book (and yourself) and share a bit (if you like) about how you use these books in your own studies.

You can find more information about this project here.

Viele Grüße,




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