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ISBN-13: 978-0300124682 ISBN-10: 0300124686 Edition: Bilingual
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Frank E. Donahue was professor of German at the University of Texas at Austin.

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  • Paperback: 496 pages
  • Publisher: Yale University Press; Bilingual edition (June 28, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0300124686
  • ISBN-13: 978-0300124682
  • Product Dimensions: 9.9 x 7.1 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.7 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By C. Woodall on December 15, 2008
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I can't say enough great things about this book. As the title says, it is mostly a review of German grammar, not an introduction to it. However, the information is so clearly explained and it is presented in such an amazingly simple manner that I wish I had had access to it when I first began studying German. The book has made me realize that German grammar isn't nearly as complicated as most grammar books seem to make it! For example, Donahue shows that there is really only one declension table that you need to memorize, rather than the plethora of tables that those other books would have you learn. If only I'd known that from the start!

The book is organized into four "Phases" (I. Fundamentals of Verbs, II. Fundamentals of Case, III. Building on the Fundamentals, IV. Advanced Work with Verbs), which include a total of 24 chapters. Each chapter is devoted to a particular aspect of German grammar and there are a large number of exercises in each chapter that allow you to practice the material you have just learned (the answers to most, but not all, of the exercises are in the back). This book is especially good at dealing with all the different German verb tenses and relating them to their English equivalents.

All in all, I highly recommend this book for intermediate students (or any advanced students that may want to brush up on their grammar). Although I believe it would also be invaluable to beginning students, the book is not really organized in the right way for it to be an introductory text. It lays out the information all at once, and a beginner could easily become overwhelmed. Also, the book assumes you already have a basic knowledge of vocabulary and simple sentence structure. However, if you use this book as a supplement alongside a more traditional introductory text, you will likely find the grammar lessons in this text far clearer than those in your textbook!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By T. Strick on May 25, 2014
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This is the best grammar book I have ever used for any foreign language. Perhaps it is the relative complexity of German grammar that necessitates a book like this, but I'm certainly glad to have it. I bought it as I was approaching the intermediate level, and it is indeed an excellent review of all of the grammar concepts I'd learned so far — in fact, I wish I'd had it earlier, as learning the few remaining new grammar concepts was much better with the help of this book. However, I imagine it would not be as helpful for a complete beginner, since there is no review of vocabulary (though Donahue does make a point to keep the vocabulary relatively basic so as not to distract.)

The method of explanation Donahue uses is so different from anything else I've encountered; it truly seems like he has taken the time to find new and better ways to explain difficult grammar concepts. He somehow manages to be both succinct and thorough at the same time. As another reviewer notes, he combines many traditional tables for adjective endings into one super-table which is refreshingly concise, while aptly noting that the concept is best learned by acclimating to the sounds and not by visualizing a table. (After all, being able to reproduce a table on a piece of paper may help on an exam but will never help you to form sentences on the fly.) He is very straightforward about everything, with practical tips like this one to sum up a longer explanation: "The bottom line: You will only seldom need to use the adjective 'jen-' or the pronoun 'dies'."

He also takes the time to answer side questions that might be of interest to English speakers: for instance, why do we learn Subjunctive II before Subjunctive I? Is the passive voice discouraged in German as it is in English?
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on August 28, 2014
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This book is used in universities as a primary text for Juniors and Seniors in an intensive review of grammar learned in German I-IV. Not for beginners.

It is also a great review resource for non-students who had two or more semesters of college German. Remarkably clear and easy to use for self-study, this book is ideal for a refresher or to practice language skills.

Recommended to me by a German graduate student. I used it for summer review between German II and III and found several excellent explanations of concepts that were a bit muddy from my classes..
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mark Schierbecker on February 7, 2014
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Yeah it's pretty great, just not enough room to write your answers. I think I will order two; one for writing in, one for having a clean copy. The editing is not the best (typos in the answer key??!!) and there is some inconsistent formatting throughout.
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I have taught with this book at undergraduate level for years—since it first came out. Not a single student has ever wanted to sell it back and all have found it incredibly helpful. An answer to everyone who said "I feel like my German needs some work" The (late) author was my professor and he put it through multiple versions before allowing it to be published so the reader would have an optimized learning experience. It functions perfectly as a self-study or independent/distance/correspondence course because all the explanations are in English and it includes a glossary and keys to all the exercises except the essays (which can easily be left out without diminishing the usefulness of the book). Currently in revision to include a testbank, but no publication date for that newer version, so I am still using the old one to great effect. It differs from its competitors by being very down-to-earth in its explanations. You don't have to be a grammar whiz or a linguistic to understand what is being explained.
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