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German: How to Speak and Write It (Dover Dual Language German) Paperback – June 1, 1967

ISBN-13: 978-0486202716 ISBN-10: 0486202712 Edition: 2nd

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Product Details

  • Series: Dover Dual Language German
  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Dover Publications; 2nd edition (June 1, 1967)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0486202712
  • ISBN-13: 978-0486202716
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.4 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (90 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #291,013 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I would highly recommend this book for anyone who is beginning the German language.
bookworm
I live in Brazil and it's really hard to find good books to learn german and even japanese.
Bela
It provides explanations, exercises, and illustrations that help reinforce the lessons.
ks

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210 of 213 people found the following review helpful By Ms. Packer Fan on April 17, 2002
Format: Paperback
What all the other 5-star reviewers say is true! I am an American who learned German as a second language starting in college, and continuing into time spent studying and working abroad. Back at home now, I am ever interested in, and conscious of, the need to keep up my language skills, and am always scanning German language books and aids. Although this book is meant for a beginner, I couldn't pass it up. It is chock full of approximately 1950's era, quaint illustrations and drawings (all much more helpful, somehow, than modern books' attempt to be "hip"). The illustrations all tie in closely with the readings, and make it easy to stay interested. There is such a variety of different excercises, amusing stories, interesting facts, maps, etc., that it is a pleasure to pick up the book each time. Take it from someone who has been comparing German language learning aids for years - this one is hard to beat!
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97 of 98 people found the following review helpful By Lake Waters on April 24, 2005
Format: Paperback
I have to also agree with most everyone else who thinks this book is great. I've looked at just about every self-teaching book out there and this is one of my two favorites.

Positive:

It offers a lot of simple exercises that force you into thinking 'in German'; the questions are quite easy and build up in difficulty slowly over time. Their repetitive nature makes for great learning with instantaneous feedback.

The pictures/drawings are also nicely done, far from new and probably very dated as far as whats going on in Germany but very good at getting you to remember the word or concept. I think the dated look to the drawings actually helps in that they look so no-nonsense... like old textbooks that you may have used before the age of illustrations having to look comical or politically correct.

The learning is accomplished mostly via learning to say sentences and build up gradually each chapter. I think this is similar to the (also very old) Berlitz Self-Taught book (which I nearly purchased before I saw this one, not bad either). All in all, I think this book beats the old Berlitz book as it seems to have more exercises which are much more varied; actually, the scope of the information about Germany and its customs is quite interesting.

All words are also presented phonetically just underneath the german spellings... this was helpful.

Negatives:

Its probably a little light on explaining the grammar rules. I don't think you'd really be learning as much as you could by using this book alone.

I've found that this book, when used along with the old 'German Made Simple' book (for its grammar info and exercises) offers about as much as you could ask for, assuming you learn by repetition/exercises like I do.
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81 of 84 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 3, 1998
Format: Paperback
Dover books are usually good, and this is no exception. I am just learning German and found this book far better and more interesting than some of the other basic books I tried. The rate of progress is noticeably slower than in say the Hugo book and I found this helpful. One thing: you will want to get a separate grammar reference to go with this as he works more with examples than charts.
Compared to the other beginner books this has FAR more in it.
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32 of 33 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 5, 2001
Format: Paperback
I am studying German independently armed with only this book (and a good dictionary). My friend in Berlin is consistently impressed with my progress and I have only been studying for 6 months. Don't let the old fashioned style dissuade you, the pedagogical approach is effective and accessible to everyone. Highly recommended!
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30 of 31 people found the following review helpful By Brian S. on December 9, 2005
Format: Paperback
This book is immersing and tough. The first German sentences you're exposed to are not translated and complex. You won't get all the grammatical concepts till late in the book. The translations are in the back though. The teaching style is excellent. It is great supplement or book to expose you to German. It will take persistence to get though it. The illustrations from the 40s (I think) are great. The book is a great buy for the info it holds.
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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Fred on September 21, 2005
Format: Paperback
As a self-taught student of German, and having experimented with courses ranging from instant to not-so-instant German, I found this quaint, but highly rigorous and well-organized approach to learning German, to be effective and enjoyable. The format is excellent. There is no recorded component, so this book is definitely for visual learners, and it will need to be supplemented with audio materials for those who want to speak, rather than just to read, German.
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful By ThorBjorn on September 12, 2006
Format: Paperback
What a treasure! The book is inexpensive, and jam-packed with useful instruction in German. This book is a relaxed introduction to the German language, ideal for the beginner. It provides the novice with a basic grasp of the grammar and a foothold to devoloping the new vocabulary, as well as some interesting cultural insights. I have yet to see a textbook as thoroughly illustrated as this one. There are numerous quaint illustrations, photographic and drawn, that really make this book unique. The pictures seem to be mainly of 1930s to 1940s era, and some possibly from the 1950s. Its like a relic from a lost time!
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Eclectic reader on October 4, 2003
Format: Paperback
Agree with all of the positive reviews. I studied German in school 20 years ago, but had forgotten most all of it. This book got me back on track in no time. Gets you reading sentences and paragraphs from page one.
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