German All-in-One For Dummies Kindle Edition

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    Title
German For Dummies, with CD German All-in-One For Dummies, with CD Intermediate German For Dummies German Essentials For Dummies
 
 
 
 
 
Guide Type
Immersion
Course-in-Book
Workbook
Review/Study
 
Audience Level
Beginner
Beginner to Intermediate
Intermediate+
All Levels
 
Pages
384
720
322
192
 
List Price
$24.99
$34.99
$19.99
$9.99
 
Publication Date
February, 2011
June, 2013
March, 2008
May, 2012
 
Author(s)
Christensen
For Dummies
Foster
Foster
 
Imprint
For Dummies
For Dummies
For Dummies
For Dummies
 
Print Book
 
Kindle Book
 
Edition
2nd
1st
1st
1st
 
Brief Description
Everything needed to speak German. Includes: grammar, verb conjugations, pronunciations, dictionary, vocabulary, exercises, more.
Conveniently combines titles from the German Dummies library into one handy guide that covers all aspects of the German language.
Hands-on workbook with examples and exercises covering: vocabulary, numbers, tenses, verb conjugations, and grammar.
Concise coverage & examples of key concepts. Free of review information. No practice problems. Use as a refresher or for review.
 

From the Back Cover

5 books in 1

  • German For Dummies
  • German Audio Set For Dummies
  • German Phrases For Dummies
  • Intermediate German For Dummies
  • German Essentials For Dummies

Companion CD allows for more practice speaking the language

Your all-encompassing guide to speaking, reading, and writing German

Guten Tag! German All-in-One For Dummies brings together content from the Dummies German library into one handy guide that covers all the bases of the German language. Plus, it includes a companion CD that allows for even more opportunities to practice speaking the language. You'll also find additional content on grammar and usage to empower you to use and speak German like a native. If you want to improve your German, whether for work, travel, or enjoyment, German All-in-One For Dummies has you covered.

  • Talkin' the talk — get your feet wet with some basic German phrases, common greetings, and everyday conversation topics
  • Out and about — get the know-how to confidently navigate public transportation, dine out, find a hotel, and handle an emergency in German-speaking regions of the world
  • Get down with grammar — grasp the various parts of speech, including nouns, adjectives, adverbs, and verbs, unlock the mysteries of gender and case, and find out how to construct sentences in German
  • Fine-tuning — understand the difference between the conversational past and the simple (narrative) past; find out how to choose the correct verb form to express yourself in the future; and learn how to use reflexive verbs

Open the book and find:

  • Popular German phrases and expressions
  • A close-up look at combining nouns and pronouns with verbs
  • How to ask and answer questions
  • Six modal verbs that help you be polite, ask for help, and talk about what you do
  • The lowdown on how to use tricky two-part verbs
  • How to connect shorter ideas with conjunctions to build more complex sentences
  • Verb tables for conjugating verbs

CD Includes

More than 25 audio tracks to help improve your listening comprehension and speaking skills

Please see CD appendix for complete system requirements.


Product Details

  • File Size: 8674 KB
  • Print Length: 720 pages
  • Publisher: For Dummies; 1 edition (June 5, 2013)
  • Publication Date: June 5, 2013
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00DE7J0PW
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Not Enabled
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By Brian M. Ranzoni VINE VOICE on September 19, 2013
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I read World War II history and watch some German cinema. I find that I don't really trust dubbing, and I don't want to rely on other people to interpret for me. When Aquirre: the Wrath of God or Das Boot flickers on screen at night, I want to understand the words from my speakers.

As it happens, German All-in-One for Dummies came down the Vine. Organized as into several "books", it is written by the headline authors of German For Dummies, (with CD)and the portable German Phrases For Dummies. I don't know if their newest project reprints prior information, but it appears to be the heftiest in the series, at 600 pages and a crammed appendix. Aside from tourist vocab, the later parts of the book delve into grammar, and forming original German statements from the basic parts you have learned.

True to the Dummies series, this tome mixes light humor, friendly typography, and icon-driven learning flow with serious subjects of studies. So on page 210 the book shares practical phrases for announcing flora and fauna one might see while on a trip to the German countryside, then slyly slips in:

"Ich habe eine lilafarbene Kuh gesehen! (iH hah-be ayn-e lee-la-far-ben-e kooh ge-zey-en!) (I saw a purple-colored cow!) Well, maybe not in the Alps, but you can see the purple cow on the wrapper of a well-known brand of chocolate."

Book I introduces the German language from the perspective of a visitor, whether a tourist for a week or a soldier for a year.
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At about 600 pages, if you don't end up learning German with this 5 books in 1 tome, you will at least be able to seriously hurt someone. Kidding aside, this is an excellent resource for anyone who wants to learn or brush up on their German. Each book addresses language learning from a different angle, from the basics that a tourist may need, including important information for eating to other tourist activities, including seeking emergency medical services. Each book is comprehensive in itself, and also stands alone, so that you can begin at the level you desire, or go back at anytime to refresh a particular area. As with most languages, the difficult part is the formal grammar. This book does not flinch from dealing with that and presents the material in categories that aid in learning. The book is also accompanied by a CD that covers some of the basics and includes some of the dialogue from the book. This is a must have resource for anyone who wants to learn German.
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There's been an increased interest in language learning. I don't know if Quantum thinking has anything to do with this, but how we learn and problem solve,come to express ourselves in a new tongue is an important part of acquiring a second language.This also makes your brain work in ways you should, give your brain a run!

There has been numerous theories on why we learn or don't learn language.I've come to think that any new language book takes all the theories together as ONE. Here we have that.
The older you get the process is suppose to be more difficult, I can tell you myself, past 60+ you need to work at your second language everyday,and be excited about it.Challenge your imagination. With a second language Food will taste better, you will love classical music more. Einstein and the Schrodinger cats might make more sense to you.

Get up in the morning and learn,look at words, speak,listen, read, whatever you can do, Do it Everyday."Talkin the Talk"(page 176). Carry this book around with you. There is never a shortcut for that, and you will be thrilled about the results if you apply yourself.

This is great place to start, no nonsense comprehensive approach to German, forget the "Dummies" icon, this is difficult going; and if you do nothing,you will not get too far.
The authors are well aware of this process, and the difficulties.Here they allow you to work at the book as you will,not cover to cover, but bouncing around, that's how the mind works for many, again the affinity with quantum thinking perhaps.

You don't need to learn grammar and conjugate the subjunctive or the future tense prior to even speaking one word of German.No jump in, there are pronunciation sounds for English below the German.
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I consider it met my expectations because It contains all the information needed to learn basic German. However, the information it is not well organized and I have to jump between chapters to match some topics.
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I don't speak German myself (yet) but my boyfriend does and we both looked it over.

It's not quite the "WOW" factor to get 5 stars, but we both were pleasantly surprised and thought it was a pretty well done book.

First I'll say this: the layout is very friendly...it's easy to jump into it and actually find yourself wanting to read it. Also, the way things are said, it's easy to grasp and they do tend to stick with you. That's a DEFINITE pair of pluses for any instructional book!

Here's some questions and answers we (boyfriend and I) decided to pose to ourselves and answer:

1) Is this a good book for someone who previously learned German to brush up on their skills if they haven't used their German in a while?

Absolutely.

2) Could I learn German from this book if I've never taken a class?

Well...maybe, though a course would be better. The fact that there is a DVD helps, but the book has the standard limitations of a book - it's one way teaching with no chance to converse or ask questions.

Since the book is centered around the basics of conversational German, the cultural component that you might find in a classroom setting is far more muted. Further, the idiomatic or dialect nuances that an instructor might be able to expand upon in a classroom are also missing from the text.

The book could serve as either a primer to German or as a supplement to a course, but I don't think it would make a very good stand-alone resource.

That said, the book is organized in such a fashion that it would work with most classroom material very well even if the sections are bit shuffled from what your teacher may choose. For someone needing a little extra instruction this book would be perfect.
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