German Survival Guide: The Language and Culture You Need to Travel with Confidence in Germany and Austria

German Survival Guide: The Language and Culture You Need to Travel with Confidence in Germany and Austria

by Elizabeth Bingham


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This book provides a lot of vocabulary, basic grammar instruction, and a healthy dose of cultural information. "Look inside the book" to see just how much is covered and how.

German Survival Guide is a down-to-earth, bare-bones introduction to German that aims to make a trip abroad as smooth and enjoyable as possible. This information-packed mini-course concentrates on preparing readers to travel in Germany and Austria in a limited time by focusing on what is most useful or interesting to travelers and cutting out unnecessary vocabulary and grammar.

This Survival Guide helps readers communicate in the German language and culture. It prepares travelers for what to expect and how to deal with it, what to say and when to say it. It's like three books in one--a phrase book (so you know what to say), a grammar book (so you know how to say it), and a culture book (so you understand daily social expectations)--all focused on a traveler's needs.

Learn how to greet people and introduce yourself in German, how to line up lodging, order food and pay properly, how to shop and ask for directions in German, how to drive a car or take the train in Germany and Austria, how to get help in an emergency or talk about your family or discuss the weather, and much, much more!

Get key insights into German and Austrian social conventions: why not to use first names, how not to look like a tourist, how to tip, how to have good table manners, how to be a gracious guest, how to act on a nude beach.

Discover the fine points of ice cream parlors, grocery stores, train stations and the Autobahn. Read how to handle tricky room windows and grumpy bathroom attendants. Learn insider German words so commonly used that you will want to know them even though you don't have to.

This book is packed with culture notes, study tips, travel hints, and reality checks galore. It includes optional exercises for practicing material from the lessons, German-English and English-German dictionaries. In addition, German pronunciations are written throughout the book, so users always have guidance on how to pronounce new words and phrases. Includes an extensive index to help readers find the topics they want, fast. All this packed into one volume small enough to tuck into a bag and take along.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780970373465
Publisher: World Prospect Press
Publication date: 01/18/2008
Edition description: REV
Pages: 196
Sales rank: 238,575
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.40(d)
Age Range: 17 Years

About the Author

Elizabeth Bingham has written numerous language and culture books for travelers to Europe (Italian Survival Guide, Italian Dictionary with Phrases for Travelers, French Survival Guide, German Survival Guide) and has recently branched into travel memoir with her book French Twist: A Refreshingly Frank Travel Memoir by a Modern American Puritan. She has a Ph.D. in Foreign Language Education/Applied Linguistics and lives in NE Iowa with her family and her elderly cat.

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