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Streetwise German: Speak and Understand Colloquial German Paperback – September 30, 1991

ISBN-13: 978-0844225142 ISBN-10: 0844225142 Edition: 1st

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 280 pages
  • Publisher: Passport Books; 1 edition (September 30, 1991)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0844225142
  • ISBN-13: 978-0844225142
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 2.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #735,040 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Text: English, German

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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Lawrence on February 8, 2003
Format: Paperback
Hi,
I am a graduate student from germany. After I just read the excerpts online, I could not believe that anyone ever bought this poor book and thinks it is a good start to learn Colloquial German. Living 25 Jears in Germany I definitely know what German slang is like and this book doesn't have the foggiest idea. Please don't ever use one of the words from the book in Germany!
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15 of 18 people found the following review helpful By truth on April 16, 2001
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I may only be an intermediate German student, but this book hasn't helped me at all. I am a serious student and graduated magna cum laude from college in 1999 so I don't think the fault is in my ability to comprehend. I admit to not giving the book much of a chance, but the conversations seem silly and talk about things you would never find yourself asking. I would have preferred a book that had conversations the non-native German speaker would find himself engaging in. I don't think this means a conversational, "streetwise" text has to be dry and stilted, but I think a healthy mix of idioms and slang with language the non-native German speaker is attempting to learn would be more effective. It seems to me that if you aren't already a master of German, you will not like this book and that, if you are, you don't need it because you already master the language.
My 2 cents.
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17 of 21 people found the following review helpful By anja on June 3, 2003
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I am german and looking for a good way to teach my american fiance my language. This book is pure horror. Don't waste your money on it, it makes neither sense nor is it a way to impress. Learn "propper" german before you go slang. It saves you a great deal of embarressment.
This book should be taken from the market. Sad that any german author thinks that is the way to TEACH someone.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Gabriel A. Da Silva on March 28, 2009
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I'm appalled by the review of other readers especially the german lot.
I bought this book while i was living in England, i had great interest in learn german, so i bought every single book which could aid me in my interprise. I gave 4 starts instead of five because i didn't like the english translation of some expressions, they could be better, the author translated some expressions with the colloquial english, which in my opinion the literal tranlation would rendered a better understanding.(or perhaps could have used both literal and figutive).
Most germans frowned upon this book, but i recommend it to those who already have a good background in german, maybe a intermediate level would be good for a start, i also suggest the you study with a assistance of a german native, or austrian if that's the case, to help you with the literal translation, literal translation shed light on the spirit of the expressions. This book is full of funny expressions and dialogues, some of them might sound rude, but although many germans reviwers may dislike my comments, i have to say that this kind of language is common in every language, i agree with the reviwer who says that we have to learn the Hoch Deutsch fisrt, and then take up the colloquial, slang part of it.
Many expression used here are very similar to those used here in Brazil like:
Bist Knapp bei Kasse? Are you broke or are you short in money (from the till)
Der hat's g'schallt. He swallowed it. (meaning he was taken in) Un so weit.
Good book for serious students, not for dabblers.
Aufwiedersehen!!
Gruss aus Brasilien.
Gabriel
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