50 Ways to Improve Your German: A Teach Yourself Guide

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780071746335
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Professional Publishing
  • Publication date: 1/12/2011
  • Series: Teach Yourself Language Series
  • Edition description: Bilingual
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 160
  • Product dimensions: 5.10 (w) x 7.70 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Sieglinde Klövekorn-Ward is a native German speaker with extensive experience in teaching and teacher-training. She has worked as a freelance teacher for Surrey University and teaches at the Centre for International Briefing, Farnham.

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Table of Contents

How to use this book / Meeting People and making Conversation: / Mein Name ist Churchill – introducing yourself / „Guten Tag, Frau Professor Kuhschwanz” – forms of address / I am fine, thank you and how are you? / I am a millionaire – but not in German! – talking about your job / And where do you come from? / Where are you going? – countries, towns and places within towns / Making your excuses: entschuldigen Sie or entschuldigen Sie mich? / Bitte? Bitte! Different uses / With great pleasure: talking about what you like – the use of gern / Going Out: / I’ll have the champagne, please! – how to order food and drinks / And another one, please! / And for breakfast I’ll have (the Germans have no appetite for “für”!) / Take the Grizzle Out of Grammar: / All in a whirl... du, Sie, sie, sie! Does it make your head spin? / All about nouns: / The German penchant for compound nouns and their gender / The trouble with males and females (help with genders) / Plurals: why can’t I just add an –s? / Plurals: why a pain in the neck multiplies itself in German / All about verbs: / A painless filling: inserting –e in verbs whose stem ends on –d or –t / Watch your endings after ich and du! / Change your partners: when does the verb change its vowel in the 2nd and 3rd person singular? / Go, go, go – gehen or fahren? / Separable verbs: no acrimonious divorce / Use the modal verbs with confidence / Use and meaning of werden / All about adjectives: / Endless endings, but no panic! / A word about word order: / Let’s twist again: inversion after adverbial clauses / In subordinate clauses / Where do nicht and auch go? / How to handle aber and oder / Are the German nut cases? / The confusion over nominative and accusative case / Prepositions and their cases / The use and misuse of mit and bei / Questions, questions, questions... / The deceit of who and where / Wohin and woher? / When? / All about pronouns: / Possessive / Demonstrative / Relative / All about conjunctions: / als / wenn / daß / also / Get with it: damit, dafür etc. / Get your skates on: how to say you are going by car, on foot etc. / Spellings: / Oh those capitals! The spelling of German nouns / Good grief: - ei or ie; Leid, Lied or both? / Mann, man: spelling, what they mean and how they are used / All about numbers: / I am your number one fan! Eins or ein? / Counting in tens and hundreds / Don’t miss that date... / Rock around the clock... / Telling the time / Using the appropriate expression: today, in a while, not yet / The Pick ‘n Mix Section: / This bag of sweeties rots your teeth if you try to translate them literally, so- / Don’t get lost in translation : / Are you o.k.? / Do you want a lift? / I’d love to... / and numerous others / Mean what you say and say what you mean! / vermissen – verpassen? / reiten – fahren? / verlieren – verirren? / What makes the Germans smile...if you translate these literally / I am cold / I am warm... / and a few others / Glossary of grammatical terms / Transcript of audio download

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