Item description for Ultimate German: Basic-Intermediate Cassette Program (Ultimate Beginner-Intermediate) by Ingeborg Lasting & Heidi Singer...
Learn German at home or on the go with the most complete, up-to-date program available!
Developed by the experts at Living Language, this deluxe course has everything you need to speak, understand, read, and write German. Ultimate German combines conversation with grammar and culture in an easy-to-follow, enjoyable, and effective format.
COMPREHENSIVE LESSON MANUAL with REFERENCE SECTIONS
40 lessons: lively, authentic dialogues vocabulary, grammar, and usage cultural highlights revised and updated with additional exercises, the latest in computers, the Internet, euros, and more
Reference sections: complete grammar summary with verb conjugations business and social letter writing German-English / English-German glossary
EIGHT 60-MINUTE CASSETTES
First learn at home: immerse yourself in German -- listen and repeat with the all-German recordings follow along with the manual, which includes English translations learn conversation, grammar, and culture
Then practice on the go: review and expand upon what you've learned an English-speaking instructor guides you through each lesson no reading required with these German/English recordings learn in the car, at the gym, anywhere
Eight 60-minute audio cassettes 448-page textbook
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Studio: Living Language
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 10.3" Width: 9.6" Height: 2.34" Weight: 3 lbs.
Binding Audio Cassette
Release Date Nov 30, 2000
Publisher Living Language
ISBN 060960760X ISBN13 9780609607602
Reviews - What do customers think about Ultimate German: Basic-Intermediate Cassette Program (Ultimate Beginner-Intermediate)?
An Excellent beginning course in German! Mar 9, 2007
I am just starting this course and find it well organized, comprehensive, easy to understand, & fun. I especially like the design of the lessons with doing the book lesson first followed by the CD work. The grammar, vocabulary, & lesson tests are also terrific. And I look forward to purchasing the advanced version of this program once I finish this level. All-in-all, this is a terrific value in a language course!
Beginners only Feb 14, 2007
This book is not for the advanced or intermediate student, the vocabulary is up-to-date and colloquial (though still hochdeutsch), but very sparse.
Suffice to say this is one of the cheapest primers out there with a near complete grammar, but the dialogues are what make me recommend it - they're actually amusing! Also the lessons are very short - 40 in all, each having 1-2 dialogs with excercises and quizes. There are only a limited number of reading passages making this a primarily converstaional primer. There are grammatical constructions included that don't often appear in a beginner's conversations, however.
*Despite the appendices and the section on letter-writing, there is not nearly enough common business vocabulary included to compose anything, recommend "Guide to Correspondence in German" by Charles J. James in addition to above title for readers with a business purpose (has vocab, sample letters, excercises etc.)
**Minor confusion in this site listing: This book appears to be the reincarnation of an earlier Living Language edition in the "All the way" series, however the publisher is listed on the author line for this site's stub for this earlier title, so anyone looking for that book can get this edition instead.
Great Course! Sep 2, 2005
As others have mentioned this book does not have pictures, games, puzzles and all that worthless junk like some other products that entertain you but don't teach you much. This book is text which means it is dense with information for learning the language which is what you want right? This one along with the advanced version goes through all of the pertinent grammar that you will need to get around in German speaking countries without an escort. The practice dialogues are contemporary and challenging. The eight hours audio is clear as a bell. In a nut shell if you need pictures and funny dialogues and other entainment gimicks to keep your attention then I would suggest you go back to grade school. Learning another language is not easy an endeavor not for light weights.
Decent book, weak audio program Jun 24, 2005
This product is better at teaching you the technicalities of the language than at teaching you to speak the language. I found the Pimsleur series both more engaging and far more effective at getting over that crucial barrier towards being able to actually use what one learns. The Ultimate text is decent, but rather dry and academic (even compared to my vintage high school german texts!). The audio program is simply ineffective; it is mostly vocabulary (a word in German, a word in English) and does little to teach one the use of the language. The book, however, uses a variety of approaches (blocks of text, exercises, diagrams and tables that document German forms, grammatical and cultural asides, etc.). I'd recommend buying the Pimsleur tapes, and complementing with this book/audio. The audio on the Ultimate German adds comparatively little, but is worth getting simply to help ensure you're correctly pronouncing the exercises in the book. Bottom line; the tape/cd is OK for pronunciation, but weak at teaching usage.
Not perfect, but probably the best bang for the buck! Feb 19, 2005
I am taking German in college, and am in my 2nd semester now. I bought Ultimate German to supplement my college textbook. I agree with some of the other reviewers that the material is very 'bland'; however, for the money, it probably provides the best value. It comes with a set of CD's to use with the book, and another set that you can use w/o the book (ie. in your car). The material in the book, while no frills, appears to be accurate and gets straight to the point. The cultural notes are a nice, but the book could use some color and pictures. I've looked through several other 'inexpensive' german course, and I believe this one to be the best for the money. Sure there are probably better courses out there, but they are very expensive. The college textbook I am using is very good (its called "wie geht's", but the book alone was $107, and it only comes with a single CD. I would recommend Ultimate German to anyone who wants to learn German. I would recommend picking up some other reading, as you might get bored with only this course.