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Teach Yourself Complete German (Teach Yourself Complete Courses) Paperback – January 29, 2010

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About the Author

Paul Coggle has taught German at all levels, from school to postgraduate, both in Britain and the USA. Heiner Schenke has taught German at university level for many years. He currently teaches at Westminster University.
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Product Details

  • Series: Teach Yourself Complete Courses
  • Paperback: 496 pages
  • Publisher: Teach Yourself Books; 6th Revised edition edition (January 29, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1444100092
  • ISBN-13: 978-1444100099
  • Product Dimensions: 6.6 x 2.2 x 9.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #7,177,341 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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16 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Vitamini on March 18, 2013
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I wish I could compare this book to the pre-2010 editions, but this is my first time using Teach Yourself.

From what I've seen on other polyglots' videos, the German Teach Yourself books have gone through some major facelift in 2010, and the 2013 edition has inherited the paper quality, colors and pictures. Personally, those are no more than frills - all these pictures take up space and add nothing to the content. However, by comparing to a video review I saw from the 2010 edition, I could see that they removed the full-page pictures, which is a "step back in the right direction", and either added content to those pages (tips about the culture) or, less likely, just reorganized the content. I'm looking forward for other opinions on this, as I don't have another edition at hand.

Now, Amazon advertises it as if it came with two Audio CDs, but it comes in fact with a single MP3 CD. Not a problem at all in my opinion, but it should be advertised accordingly - the box comes with the correct information.

Regarding the method itself, I like it so far. It doesn't try to take you by the hand and explain everything, and you often come across phrases that aren't explained in the book, but that you can infer meaning.

So far, I can easily recommend this. I just wish they got rid of all the useless pictures.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on October 6, 2013
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I brought this book to help teach my partner German, and so far so good! It is well written, with a steady pace. You definitely need to use the cd, although you can download the files to your phone, mp3 player etc. I am really happy with this paclage and would recommend it to others trying to learn German.
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12 of 16 people found the following review helpful By S. Azzouz on September 23, 2013
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I know a lot of people complained about all the pics and glossy pages in this course but hey, I am a frills kinda gal and it actually made the course more appealing to me. They really need to update the description as there is only one CD with the course. They put all the content on one CD and instead of writing a new description, they just copied and pasted it from the old course page. So don't fret, same course, 2 CD content on ONE CD; you are not being cheated, Amazon web manager just got lazy. But then again, he may not have realized it. Either way, I think the course is worth getting....as well as the other books to: Essential German Grammar, the vocabulary book, how to improve your German, etc. Just get it all! LOL!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Bruno Oliveira on May 9, 2015
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This is a very good book. The quality of the material is excellent and the audio recordings as well. However, although it covers content from B1 and B2 it is VERY SUPERFICIAL.

A exemple: It only talk about Nebensätze (subordinate clauses) on the last 2 chapters while this is an topic for A2 level. Not to mention that it is limited to the use of "dass...". No "deshalb", "trotzden", "damit", "dafür", etc...

So, if you are a newcomer and has no purposes such as proficiency exams etc... This book will be great for you. You will be able to read and understand a lot of things. But, if you ALREADY studied German, and need to be prepared for the B1, I strongly recommend this one:
http://www.amazon.com/Gehts-Noch-Besser-Goethe--Osd-zertifikat/dp/3126758541/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1431205100&sr=8-2&keywords=so+geht%27s+noch+besser
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Renato Abreu on February 11, 2014
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I didn't know a word in German, today I have quite a solid basis to go further into the language.
I didn't know "Teach Yourself" either, I had never heard of it, but while making a research I found some good reviews on it on websites talking about self-learning methods.
So, I got myself this pack and I completely fell in love with it! I loved to see how I was making progress day after day.

Sometimes I found its pace a little too fast, but it's not a problem at all.

There's good balance between listening, reading, grammar, exercises and so on...! And everything seems so well thought, it's very precise!

But, I do think this course is just a beginning, one has to get immerse in the language learning process, and find other sources to practice what you learn and to learn more in different ways. But I am sure: Teach Yourself is a great beginning!

Now I am anxious to learning French, Italian and Russian! See you Teach Yourself in a near future! Thanks! ;)
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By newfiegirl16 on January 1, 2014
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I really like most of Teach Yourself products and have yet to be disappointed. If you're expecting in depth grammar you will be disappointed but I find the conversation easy to follow and I find that I do remember most of what I listen to but then I'm also a language freak so perhaps the best way to figure out if you like this is to just try it!
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