- Series: 1001 Pitfalls
- Paperback: 312 pages
- Publisher: Barron's Educational Series; 3rd edition (January 1, 1997)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0812096525
- ISBN-13: 978-0812096521
- Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.5 x 8.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 12 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #366,102 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Then come the language pitfalls. I found this book very good in giving you condensed rules of thumb for every topic that a native English speaker tends to have problems with. I particularly like the way that they gave about 5 different examples and their English equivalent to highlight the points they are trying to make.
The book also alerts you easier ways to recognize the meaning of German words to help build your vocabulary. Like German "d" is English "th". Or German b is English "f". So, German "dieb" is English "thief". If I had to say something bad about the book it would be that the books contents are lay! ed out a bit messy, but not enough to get you to toss it in a corner.
Table of contents:
Parts of speech
1 Adjectives and Adverbs
2 Cases, Articles, Der- and Ein- Words
8 Word order and Sentence Structure
9 Punctuation and Division into Syllables
10 Numbers, Measurements, Time Expressions
12 Vocabulary Building, Confusions, Regional
This book is geared towards going over all of the most common mistakes and problems that an English speaker who is learning German will encounter in their studies. All of the questionable points of German grammar, word order, etc., that an English learner will have, is most likely covered in this book.
I generally look over something in this book *every* day, and it's helped me a great deal. Definitely 5 stars from me.
All in all, this isn't a book which you can use as your only resource to master German grammar but it definitely can help you to understand this language and avoid serious mistakes in using it.
This book changed everything!
Use this book at about the B1 certificate level and you will suddenly see the clouds part. Once you feel more sure about the differences between English and German, you'll finally be able to stop translating in your head and speak/write. You'll make more sense of the things Germans say. And of course, you'll be able to explain to the Germans why they say those things!
It's a book I carry around and read (reread!) every day on the U-bahn. It's actually a fun read, with snarky examples now and then and a lot of amusing complaints about the Americanization of Deutsch.
It's not a German grammar but it fills gaps that even really good teachers often don't. I cought 7 highly recommended German books on Amazon, but this is the one that made the difference!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is a good book for beginner to intermediate learners. It's mostly a grammar book with a pitfall or two at the end of each topic, most of them pretty obvious to an intermediate... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Odysseus
With the help of this kind of materials I have learned to speak the German language. This volume has an excellent presentation. Perfect for a quick review of the language. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Luis Cabrera
I do not generally recommend Barron's products, but this book is a complete must-have!
I have been learning German by myself (for the hell of it) on and off, so when I can't... Read more
If you're an experienced linguist accustomed to learning new rules when you tackle a different language, this book is not for you. Read morePublished 17 months ago by Stella Fitzgibbons
It is all that I had hoped for. The volume is in fine condition for a used book. Using it a good deal.Published on February 9, 2014 by Lawrence Shierk
I teach German at the High School level. This book helps me to make sure I address all of the problems that students typically have with any given topic in German. Read morePublished on February 7, 2013 by Levi Antrim
This is a great resource for those who wish to improve their knowledge of German. This is not for beginners, in my opinion, but for those who have at least some background with... Read morePublished on February 18, 2011 by Jorgy