Learn to speak German? Easy.
German All-in-One For Dummies conveniently combines titles from the German Dummies library into one handy guide that covers all of the bases of the German language. For those looking to master fluency in this popular language, this book and CD combo are an efficient and logical choice.
German All-in-One For Dummies brings together content from German For Dummies, 2nd Edition, German For Dummies Audio Set, German Phrases For Dummies, Intermediate German For Dummies, and German Essentials For Dummies. Plus, it includes a new CD that allows for even more opportunities to practice speaking the language, as well as additional content on grammar and usage to empower you to use and speak German like a native.
- Offers instruction and practice exercises for both speaking and writing German
- Helps you prepare to demonstrate proficiency in conversational German
If you want to improve your German, whether it's for work, travel, or enjoyment, German All-in-One For Dummies has you covered.
About the Author
Wendy Foster teaches Business English, German, French, and intercultural communication skills. She also does editing for online German education programs. Wendy received her degree in German studies at the Sprachen-und-Dolmetscher-Institut in Munich and later her MA in French at Middlebury College in Paris.
Paulina Christensen has been working as a writer, editor, and translator for more than 10 years. She has developed, written, and edited numerous German-language textbooks and teachers' handbooks for Berlitz International. Dr. Christensen recieved her MA and PhD from Dusseldorf University, Germany.
Anne Fox has been working as a translator, editor, and writer for more than 12 years. She studied at Interpreter's School, Zurich, Switzerland, and holds a degree in translation. Most recently she has been developing, writing, and editing student textbooks and teacher handbooks for Berlitz.
Table of Contents
Book I: Getting Started with German 7
Chapter 1: Warming Up to German Basics 9
Chapter 2: Handling Numbers, Times, Dates, and Measurements 31
Chapter 3: Meeting and Greeting: Guten Tag! 53
Chapter 4: Talking about Home, Family, Friends, and Daily Life 77
Chapter 5: Talking Telecommunications, Business, and Current Events 97
Chapter 6: Shopping Simplified 119
Chapter 7: Dining Out and Buying Food: Guten Appetit! 137
Book II: Speaking German on the Go 165
Chapter 1: Locating Places 167
Chapter 2: Going Out on the Town 185
Chapter 3: Planning a Pleasure Trip: Gute Reise! 203
Chapter 4: Finding a Place to Stay: Gute Nacht! 227
Chapter 5: Getting Around 243
Chapter 6: Handling Emergencies: Hilfe! 263
Book III: Assembling the Grammatical Foundations for Communication 281
Chapter 1: Laying Out the Basics to Build Sentences 283
Chapter 2: Sorting Out Word Gender and Case 307
Chapter 3: Dealing with the Here and Now: The Present Tense 331
Chapter 4: Asking and Answering Questions 353
Chapter 5: Describing and Comparing with Adjectives and Adverbs 379
Chapter 6: Modifying Verbs with Helpers: The Modal Auxiliaries 411
Chapter 7: Instructing and Commanding: The Imperative Mood 429
Chapter 8: Sorting Out Separable- and Inseparable-Prefix Verbs 445
Book IV: Building Detail and Precision in Your Communication 463
Chapter 1: Tying Ideas Together with Conjunctions and Relative Pronouns 465
Chapter 2: Specifying Relationships with Prepositions 479
Chapter 3: Using Reflexives and Other Verb Combinations 493
Chapter 4: Conversing about the Past: The Present Perfect and Past Perfect 507
Chapter 5: Narrating the (Simple) Past: Fact and Fiction 525
Chapter 6: Looking to the Future (And Avoiding It) 537
Chapter 7: Describing Your Mood: Summing Up the Subjunctive 549
Book V: The Appendixes 563
Appendix A: Verb Tables and Case Charts 565
Appendix B: German-English Mini-Dictionary 587
Appendix C: English-German Mini-Dictionary 599
Appendix D: Fun & Games 611
Appendix E: About the CD 655