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Neue Horizonte employs a four-skills approach to German that stresses communicative competence, cultural awareness, and mastery of language structures. Students learn the language through solid grammar presentation, useful exercises, and an excellent selection of literary readings.

Pedagogy throughout the text reflects current trends in spoken German, such as updated Dialoge sections which introduce vocabulary in the context of everyday conversations. The overall chapter structure now falls into 5 major sections: Dialoge, Grammatik, Lesestück, Nach dem Lesen, and Almanach for better manageability, and the Videoecke section appears in the Workbook/Lab/Video Manual.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780618267064
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Company College Division
  • Publication date: 4/28/2003
  • Edition description: Book & CD-ROM
  • Edition number: 6
  • Pages: 512
  • Product dimensions: 8.28 (w) x 10.26 (h) x 0.84 (d)

Meet the Author

David Dollenmayer is Associate Professor of German at the Worcester Polytechnic Institute (Worcester, MA). He received his BA and Ph.D. from Princeton and was a Fullbright fellow at the University of Munich. He has written on the 20th century writers Alfred Doblin, Joseph Roth, Christa Wolf, and Ingeborg Bachmann, and he is the author ofThe Berlin Novels of Alfred Doblin, 1998.

Tom Hansen is Professor of German at Wellesley College. He received his BA from Tufts University, studied at the University of Tubingen, and received his Ph.D. from Harvard University. This past December saw the publication of his translation of The Trumpet of Reform: German Literature in Nineteenth Century New England (Columbia, South Carolina, Camden House, 1998). The work, by Prof. Sigrid Bauschinger of UMASS Amherst, traces the influence of German writers, particularly Goethe, upon the Concord Circle of intellectuals around Ralph Waldo Emerson. The chapters cover Emerson, Margaret Fuller, Thoreau, Bronson Alcott, Louisa May Alcott. Prof. Hansen has also embarked upon a new project that grows out of his earlier work on German exile literature: the life and work of the artist and book designer, George Salter (1897-1967). Salter's beautiful and innovative book covers, which influenced the aesthetics of the book trade in Berlin of the Weimar Republic and later in post-war New York, are the subject of a monograph he is currently researching.

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Table of Contents

  • Einführung
    Stufe 1. Guten Tag! (Hello!), Wie heißen Sie? (What's your name?), Wie geht's? (How are you?), Was ist das? (What is that?), Auf Wiedersehen! (Good-bye!), Die Wochentage (Days of the week)
    Stufe 2. Das Alphabet, Wie geht's?, Das Wetter (The weather)
    Stufe 3. Die Zahlen (Numbers), Wie spät ist es bitte? (What time is it, please?), Persönliche Fragen (Personal questions), Useful classroom expressions
    Almanach. Profile of the Federal Republic of Germany
    • Kapitel 1. Wie geht's dir?
      Dialoge. In Eile, Die Mensa, Typisch für September; Lyrik zum Vorlesen: Kinderreime, Zungenbrecher
      Grammatik. Personal pronouns; Verbs: Infinitive and present tense; The noun: Noun gender and pronoun agreement; Noun plurals; Nominative case; The sentence: German word order; The flavoring particle ja
      Lesestück. Tipps zum Lesen und Lernen: The feminine suffix -in; Lesestück: Wie sagt man "you" auf Deutsch?
      Nach dem Lesen. Schreibtipp: Writing e-mails in German
      Almanach. Where Is German Spoken?
      • Kapitel 2. Familie und Freunde
        Dialoge. Wer liest die Zeitung?, Ich hab'eine Frage, Georg sucht ein Zimmer, Notes on Usage: Unstressed e and denn; Vokabeln zum Thema Familie: Der Stammbaum; Lyrik zum Vorlesen: Hermann Hesse, "Liebeslied"
        Grammatik. The verb haben; Accusative case, Note on Usage: Es gibt + accusative = there is, there are; Verbs with stem-vowel change e–i(e); The verb wissen, Note on Usage: German equivalents of to know; Possessive adjectives; Cardinal numbers above20
        Lesestück. Tipps zum Lesen und Lernen: Compound nouns; Lesestück: Die Familie heute
        Nach dem Lesen. Schreibtipp: Eine Postkarte schreiben
        Almanach. Die ganze Familie
        • Kapitel 3. Jugend und Schule
          Dialoge. Du has es gut!, Eine Pause, Heute gibt's keine Chemiestunde, Note on Usage: The flavoring particle schon; Lyrik zum Vorlesen: "Bruder Jakob", Rätsel
          Grammatik. The predicate; Modal verbs; Verbs with stem-vowel change a–ä, au–äu; Negation with nicht; Negation with kein; Expecting an affirmative answer: nicht wahr?; Contradicting a negative statement or question: doch; The indefinitve pronoun man
          Lesestück. Tipps zum Lesen und Lernen; Lesestück: Eine Klassendiskussion
          Nach dem Lesen. Vokabeln zum Thema Kleidung: Was soll ich heute tragen? Welche Farbe hat das? Schreibtipp: Writing with modal verbs
          Almanach. A note about Schools in German-Speaking Countries
          • Kapitel 4. Land und Leute
            Dialoge. Am See, Winterurlaub, Morgens um halb zehn; Vokabeln zum Thema Frühstück; Lyrik zum Vorlesen: "Die Jahreszeiten"
            Grammatik. Prepositions with the accusative case; Time phrases in accusative case; Suggestions and commands: The imperative, Notes on Usage: Flavoring particles doch and mal; The verb werden; Negating schon and noch; Equivalents of English to like; Sentence adverbs; Gehen + infinitive
            Lesestück. Tipps zum Lesen und Lernen; Lesestück: Deutschland: Geographie und Klima
            Nach dem Lesen. Vokabeln zum Thema Klima, Wetter und Landschaft; Schreibtipp: Free writing in German
            Almanach. The common Origin of German and English
            • Kapitel 5. Arbeit und Freizeit
              Dialoge. Der neue Bäckerlehrling kommt an, Beim Bäcker, Schule oder Beruf?; Note on Usage: Seit wann? Lyrik zum Vorlesen. Richard Dehmel, "Der Arbeitsmann"
              Grammatik. Dative case; Dative personal pronouns; Word order of nouns and pronoun; Prepositions with dative case; Verbs with separable prefixes; Verbs with inseparable prefixes
              Lesestück. Tipps zum Lesen und Lernen: Agent nouns, Adverbs of time; Lesestück: Drei Deutsche bie der Arbeit
              Nach dem Lesen. Vokabeln zum Thema Berufe, Note on Usage: Stating profession or nationality; Schreibtipp: Writing a dialog
              Almanach. Stellenangebote (Help Wanted Ads)
              • Kapitel 6. An der Universität
                Dialoge. Karin sucht ein Zimmer, Am Semesteranfang, An der Uni in Tübingen, Note on Usage: Definite article with names; Volkabeln zum Thema Studentenzimmer: Die Möbel (pl.); Lyrik zum Vorlesen: Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, "Wanderers Nachtlied"
                Grammatik. Simple past tense of sein; Perfect tense; Two-way prepositions; Masculine N-nouns
                Lesestück. Tipps zum Lesen und Lernen; Lesestück: Ein Brief aus Freiburg
                Nach dem Lesen. Vokabeln zum Thema Studium: Einige Studienfächer; Schreibtipp: Einen Brief schreiben
                Almanach. Universities in the German-Speaking Countries
                • Kapitel 7. Auf Reisen
                  Dialoge. Am Bahnhof, Vor der Urlaubsreise, Am Telefon; Lyrik zum Vorlesen: Wilhelm Müller, "Wanderschaft"
                  Grammatik. Der-words and ein-words; Coordinating conjunctions; Verbs with dative objects; Personal dative; Using würden + infinitive; Verbs with two-way prepositions; Perfect tense of modal verbs; Official time-telling
                  Lesestück. Tipps zum Lesen und Lernen:Translating English to spend, Verbal nouns; Lesestück: Unterwegs mit Fahrrad, Auto und der Bahn
                  Nach dem Lesen. Vokabeln zum Thema Reisen und Verkehr; Schreibtipp: More on free writing
                  Almanach. Jugendherbergen
                  • Kapitel 8. Das Leben in der Stadt
                    Dialoge. Im Restaurant: Zahlen bitte!, Was brauchen wir noch?, Ein Stadtbummel; Vokabeln zum Thema: Am Tisch; Lyrik zum Vorlesen: Heinrich Heine, "Ich weiß nicht, was soll es bedeuten" ("Die Loreley")
                    Grammatik. Subordinate clauses and subordinating conjunctions; Infinitive constructions with zu; Genitive case, Note on Usage: The preposition von + dative; Prepositions with the genitive case; Nouns of measure, weight, and number, Vokabeln zum Thema: In der Konditorei; Equivalents for English to
                    Lesestück. Tipps zum Lesen und Lernen: Compounds with -stadt; Lesestück: Aspekte der Großstadt
                    Nach dem Lesen. Vokabeln zum Thema Stadt; Schreibtipp: Brainstorming ideas for a topic
                    Almanach. Mit dem Bus durch Berlin
                    • Kapitel 9. Unsere Umwelt
                      Dialoge. Recycling in unserem Wohnhaus, Ein umweltfreundliches Geburtstagsgeschenk, Treibst du Sport? Notes on Usage: Adverb da and flavoring particle aber; Vokabeln zum Thema Sport; Lyrik zum Vorlesen: Jürgen Werner, "Die Lorelei 1973"
                      Grammatik. Attributive adjectives and adjective endings; Word order of adverbs: Time / manner / place; Ordinal numbers and dates
                      Lesestück. Tipps zum Lesen und Lernen: Identifying noun gender; Lesestück: Unsere Umwelt in Gefahr
                      Nach dem Lesen. Schreibtipp: Using adjectives in descriptions
                      Almanach. Seid ihr schlaue Umweltfüchse?
                      • Kapitel 10. Deutschland im 20. Jahrhundert
                        Dialoge. Damals, Das ärgert mich!, Schlimme Zeiten, Note on Usage: Flavoring particle doch; Lyrik zum Vorlesen: Bertolt Brecht, "Mein junger Sohn fragt mich"
                        Grammatik. Simple past tense; Equivalents for when: als, wenn, wann; Past perfect tense; More time expressions, Note on Usage: "For a long time"
                        Lesestück. Tipps zum Lesen und Lernen: Nouns ending in -ismus, City names as adjectives; Lesestück: Eine Ausstellung historischer Plakate aus der Weimarer Republik
                        Nach dem Lesen. Vokabeln zum Thema Politik; Schreibtipp: Using simple past tense to write about the past
                        Almanach. German Politics and the European Union
                        • Kapitel 11. Deutschland nach der Mauer
                          Dialoge. Am Brandenburger Tor, Ein Unfall: Stefan bricht sich das Bein, Anna besucht Stefan im Krankenhaus, Note on Usage: The definite article as pronoun; Lyrik zum Vorlesen: August Heinrich Hoffmann von Fallersleben, "Das Lied der Deutschen"
                          Grammatik. Reflexive verbs and pronouns, Notes on Usage: The pronoun einander (each other), Intensifiers selber and selbst; Dative pronouns with clothing and parts of the body; Adjectives and pronouns of indefinite number; Adjectival nouns; More on bei; Designating decades: The 90s, etc.
                          Lesestück. Tipps zum Lesen und Lernen: Country names; nouns and adjectives of nationality; Lesestück: Deutschland im europäischen Haus
                          Nach dem Lesen. Schreibtipp: Making information interesting
                          Almanach. Zeittafel zur deutschen Geschichte, 1939-heute
                          • Kapitel 12. Erinnerungen
                            Dialoge. Idiotensicher, Klatsch, Vor der Haustür, Notes on Usage: Es and etwas; Lyrik zum Vorlesen: Joseph von Eichendorff, "Heimweh"
                            Grammatik. Comparison of adjectives and adverbs; Relative pronouns and relative clauses; The verb lassen, Notes on Usage: German equivalents for to leave; Time Phrases with Mal, Note on Usage: The suffix -mal; Parts of the day
                            Lesestück. Tipps zum Lesen und Lernen: The prefix irgend-; Lesestück: Anne Seghers, Zwei Denkmäler
                            Nach dem Lesen. Schreibtipp: Creative writing in German
                            Almanach. Denkmäler
                            • Kapitel 13. Die Schweiz
                              Dialoge. Skifahren in der Schweiz, In der WG: Bei Nina ist es unordentlich, Am Informationsschalter in Basel, Note on Usage: Nicht Dürfen; Lyrik zum Vorlesen: Eugen Gomringer, "nachwort"
                              Grammatik. Verbs with prepositional complements; Pronouns as objects of prepositions: da-compounds and wo-compounds; Future tense; Wanting X to do Y
                              Lesestück. Tipps zum Lesen und Lernen: German equivalents for only; Lesestück: Zwei Schweizer stellen ihre Heimat vor
                              Nach dem Lesen. Vokabeln zum Thema: Wie stellt man sich vor? Schreibtipp: Fromulating interview questions
                              Almanach. Profile of Switzerland
                              • Kapitel 14. Österreich
                                Dialoge. Auf Urlaub in Österreich, An der Rezeption, Ausflug zum Heurigen; Vokabeln zum Thema: Im Hotel; Lyrik zum Vorlesen: Ernst Jandl, "ottos mops"
                                Grammatik. General subjunctive: Present tense, Notes on Usage: Wishes contrary to fact, Using the subjunctive to make suggstions, Polite requests: subjunctive + gern; Uses of the general subjunctive
                                Lesestück. Tipps zum Lesen und Lernen: Suffix -lang; Lesestück: Zwei Österreicher stellen sich vor
                                Nach dem Lesen. Schreibtipp: Using the subjunctive to write a speculative essay
                                Almanach. Profile of Austria
                                • Kapitel 15. Kulturelle Vielfalt
                                  Dialoge. Wo liegt die Heimat? Die verpasste Geburtstagsfeier, Vor der Post; Lyrik zum Vorlesen: Clara Tachert-da Cruz, "Über Grenzen"; Sadi Üçüncü, "Integration"
                                  Grammatik. General subjunctive: Past tense; Passive voice, Note on Usage: Summary of uses of werden; The present participle; Directional prefixes hin- and her-
                                  Lesestück. Tipps zum Lesen und Lernen: German equivalents for to think; Lesestück: Sanasi Dikmen, Wer ist ein Türke?
                                  Nach dem Lesen. Vokabeln zum Thema Haus und Wohnung; Schreibtipp: Choosing between subjunctive and indicative
                                  Almanach. Foreigners Living and Working in Germany
                                  • Kapitel 16. Die Frau: Neue Wege und Rollen
                                    Dialoge. Kind oder Beruf? Goldene Hochzeit; Vokabeln zum Thema Gefühle; Lyrik zum Vorlesen: Vier Gedichte von Mascha Kaléko
                                    Grammatik. Subjunctive with als ob; Indirect quotation and special subjunctive; Impersonal passive; Subjective use of modal verbs; Extended modifiers
                                    Lesestück. Tipps zum Lesen und Lernen; Lesestück: Marie Marcks: Politik mit Witz
                                    Nach dem Lesen. Schreibtipp: Using indirect quotation in German
                                    Almanach. Berühmte Frauen
                                    • Appendix 1. Info-Austausch Exercises for Partner B
                                    • Appendix 2. Principal Parts of Strong and Irregular Verbs
                                    • German-English Vocabulary
                                    • English-German Vocabulary
                                    • Index
                                    • Credits
                                    • Maps. Die deutschsprachigen Länder; Die Bundesrepublik Deutschland; Die Schweiz; Österreich; Europa
                                    • Table of Equivalent Weights and Measures
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