- Paperback: 280 pages
- Publisher: Passport Books; 1 edition (October 21, 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: 8 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,874,789 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number.
Streetwise German: Speak and Understand Colloquial German 1st Edition
Use the Amazon App to scan ISBNs and compare prices.
The Amazon Book Review
Author interviews, book reviews, editors picks, and more. Read it now
Customers who viewed this item also viewed
What other items do customers buy after viewing this item?
Text: English, German
From the Back Cover
With its 15 humorous, down-to-earth dialogues, Streetwise German is chock-full of colloquial language, slang, and vulgar expressions that are usually understood only by Germans and Austrians. It also includes an extensive Thematic Dictionary, grouping informal words and expressions by topic.
Top customer reviews
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.
Gruss aus Brasilien.
My 2 cents.
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!
This book should be taken from the market. Sad that any german author thinks that is the way to TEACH someone.
Hi ich komme aus Deutschland...
um Deutsch wirklich zu checken müsst ihr ne Zeit in Deutschland gelebt haben...
um den realen deutschen Slang zu reden müsst ihr einfach Deutsch reden und ein paar englische wörter dabei machen.
Ist der deutsche Hip-Hop oder punk Slang
Haut rein... leute