Mastering German Vocabulary: A Thematic Approach (Mastering Vocabulary Series) 8/22/95 Edition
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- Publisher : Barron's Educational Series; 8/22/95 edition (September 21, 1995)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 448 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0812091086
- ISBN-13 : 978-0812091083
- Item Weight : 10.2 ounces
- Dimensions : 4.75 x 0.84 x 7.63 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #458,440 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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For example (not the best example, but the last one I encountered):
Ich bin um 10 Uhr 30 beim Frauenarzt bestellt (bestellt sein) -- I have an appointment at the gynecologist at 10:30.
One friend said this is absolutely bad german. 3 other friends said it's possible if you replace "beim" with "zum", but even then, it has the meaning of being subpoenaed, which is really strange for an appointment with the doctor.
Langenscheidt has a "basic german vocabulary" with 4000 words. I took a few pictures of pages from this book and sent to german friends, who all said those sentences looked good. Langenscheidt also shows the plural forms for nouns
Last night, I was watching a movie in German and this time, without subtitles in German, and I could understand what they were saying. It's pretty exciting and I know this book (I'm about half way reading and recording it to my computer) is helping me learn/understand/remember many of the words normally used in every day conversations.
It's a helpful book, and for the price, it's excellent!
There are also a large number example sentences. One for each term, actually. Many people will buy this book just to learn the words, as a reference. However, by studying the example sentences and trying to read them, I was able to pick up a fair amount of German Grammar along the way. Thus, the book not only excells as a quick reference, but is also quite enjoyable to read cover to cover.
Thanks very much, Barron, for this wonderful series.
frankly speaking it is a intermediate German vocab book, so if you dont really have any basic knowledge about the language, it d not be your best choice. So far with my personal experience, I d say that the book does an excellent job in expanding your german vocab, with additional help of listing sentence examples that help you better understand the context of the words.
its a shame that I havent really read thru the book yet but I guess in order to remember more words, one needs to skim it over and over, and if learning German truly matters to you at the moment, better learn it more systematically, like preparing for the DAF test.
I have found the book to be useful, but if they added what I and others here have suggested, it could sweep the field.