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German: A Self-Teaching Guide (Wiley Self-Teaching Guides) [Paperback]

By Heimy Taylor (Author) & Werner Haas (Author)
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The fast track to speaking and understanding basic German

Sprechen Sie Deutsch? Now you can learn how---quickly and easily---with this practical, self-paced guide. It combines the user-friendly virtues of a phrase book with the learning tools of a full-fledged language course to provide you with the basic vocabulary and grammar you need to start using German right away. Completely revised and updated for today's usage, this new edition gives you:

  • A proven interactive format that lets you teach yourself at your own pace
  • Exercises to reinforce what you've learned
  • Clear explanations of German grammatical structures
  • More than 1,000 of the most frequently used German words
  • Sample dialogues with cultural notes and lists of terms

See inside for information on German pronunciation cassette.

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Studio: Wiley
Pages   288
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 9.1" Width: 7.9" Height: 0.7"
Weight:   1.25 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Apr 30, 1997
Publisher   Wiley
ISBN  047115704X  
ISBN13  9780471157045  

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Very good guide - Not for the absolute beginner  Mar 30, 2004
I found the book extremely helpful in studying German. There are a few caveats, though. First, you probably would want to start with a simpler book, as the pace picks up pretty quickly in this one, and it can leave you behind.

One thing that annoyed me was the way some terms and structures were introduced out of the blue - not always properly explained. One such example is case declension - the meaning of "cases" wasn't defined at all, as if the book was meant for reviewing the material, rather than learning it for the first time.

For the most part, I like it  Jun 24, 2003
As someone who's just trying to brush up on my German before I need to use it this fall, I have found this book really helpful at covering vocabulary and grammar points. It often bothers me, though, that the answers in the back sometimes directly contradict instructions in either the reading or the exercise itself. Also, there have been several times when a word used in an exercise was not in either the end-of-chapter vocabulary, or in the German-English dictionary at the back of the book.

As I said, though, for the most part, I do like this book. Just make sure you take it with a grain of salt.

This guide will surely guide you!  May 5, 2000
I have found this book's layout to be very clear and easy to follow. The introduction teaches in detail how German spelling are supposed to sound by providing english words that appoximate the sounds. This book seems to contain grammar lessons that are more extensive than those found in the popular "Teach Yourself" course. This book serves duly as a workbook in that you can write your answers to the exercises in the spaces provided and refer to the correct answers in the back of the book. My biggest gripe about the book is that there were no pictures. I love pictures!

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