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Complete German (Learn German with Teach Yourself) (Teach Yourself Complete) [Paperback]

Paul Coggle , Heiner Schenke
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Book Description

28 Dec 2012 Teach Yourself Complete

Complete German is a comprehensive book and audio language course that takes you from beginner to intermediate level.

This book is for use with the accompanying MP3 CD-ROM of audio files (ISBN 9781444177404).

The new edition of this successful course has been fully revised and is packed with new learning features to give you the language, practice and skills to communicate with confidence.

-Maps from A1 to B2 of the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR) for languages

-23 learning units plus verbs reference and word glossary

-Discovery Method - figure out rules and patterns to make the language stick

-Teaches the key skills - reading, writing, listening and speaking

-Learn to learn - tips and skills on how to be a better language learner

-Culture notes - learn about the people and places of Germany

-Outcomes-based learning - focus your studies with clear aims

-Test Yourself - see and track your own progress

Get our companion app. German course: Teach Yourself is full of fun, interactive activities to support your learning with this course. Apple and Android versions available.

Rely on Teach Yourself, trusted by language learners for over 75 years.

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Product details

  • Paperback: 408 pages
  • Publisher: Teach Yourself; New edition edition (28 Dec 2012)
  • Language: Unknown
  • ISBN-10: 1444177362
  • ISBN-13: 978-1444177367
  • Product Dimensions: 19.6 x 12.8 x 2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 70,747 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Paul Coggle graduated from Queen Mary, University of London in German and French and completed his teaching qualification at King's College, London. After a year teaching German at Cornell University, New York, he returned to the UK to teach at one of the first comprehensive schools to be established in London. He was later appointed as Lecturer in German at the newly founded University of Kent, where he continued to develop his interest in technology-assisted language learning. He taught German at all levels and postgraduate courses in Translation Studies and Applied Linguistics.

In the early 1980s he established guidelines and selected authors for the Teach Yourself language courses in French, German, Italian and Spanish. He also assisted in the production of audio and video-based courses, such as the BBC's Deutsch Plus.

In the 1990s Paul attracted media interest by drawing to the attention of the general public the phenomenon of Estuary English.

In more recent years Paul has been assisting with the development of online German materials as Senior Language Advisor at the University of Cambridge Language Centre. His interests include reading, film and the applied arts. He lives in the South Bank area of London.

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Book Description

Discover a new way to learn German

About the Author

Paul Coggle has taught German at all levels, from school to postgraduate, both in Britain and the USA. Heiner Schenke has taught German at university level for many years. He currently teaches at Westminster University.

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57 of 57 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great beginner's course 22 Sep 2010
I'm very pleased with the book and CDs. The book is very nicely structured, the exercises are not at all boring, and the CD complements the book perfectly. Also, the voices on the CD are pleasant, I usually find it difficult to listen to a language CD if the voices are annoying (but that's just me).
I didn't give 5 stars to my review because I don't think that what the book promises: "takes you effortlessly from beginner to confident speaker" is necessarily true. I don't think that only this book (or any other book for that matter) allows you to be a confident speaker after you complete it. The book is just the basis, you have to interact to native speakers, listen to German Radio and watch German TV programmes etc.
So, anyway, great beginner's course, haven't found any other on the market that's better. I hope this helps.
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44 of 44 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent independent tool for learning German 14 May 2010
By cdc22
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
This is an excellent tool for those who want to learn German independently. There are a lot of similar books on the market but this has the advantage of taking you past the basic stages of language learning (to B2) without the learner having to resort to expensive language schools! The explanations are clear and the material straightforward to use. What is particularly useful is the content is directed towards those who want to use German in practical situations. I would wholeheartedly recommend it! I am also looking forward to trying out Perfect Your German.
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great- As expected 1 Jan 2012
The 'Teach Yourself' series is my go-to guide for language learning. I've learnt French to a B2 level with their Complete French course and now, I'm loving this German course as well! Very straight-forward. Another series I like to use is the 'Oxford's Take Off in....'. Both of these are reasonably priced and offer a lot of good material.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic Product! 24 July 2012
By Mr G
I use this product to reattain a previous level I had in the language a few years ago. I feel that the units are set up in a good order and are not too long or overly complicated, which can be discouraging sometimes.

The CDs really do help with listening skills and can help you with pronunciation if you do not know some of the rules of pronunciation in German.

The book starts off quite easy and gets more complex, introducing grammar concepts and longer sentences to push your level of understanding up as you go along.

My only criticism is that it claims to get you to Level 4 on the Common European Language Framework, which it claims to be the equivalent of an A-Level. Unless the A-Level has got considerably easier since I did it 7 years ago, it is more like a higher GCSE/lower AS Level.

This is a quality product for those who wish to start the language up, or like me, wish to get back into it after a long break!
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Course 10 Aug 2012
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I've tried quite a few different language courses over the years and I was pleasantly surprised by this one. The book is quite compact, but it packs a lot into the colourful pages, with 23 chapters covering many different aspects of the language and situations you're likely to use it in.

I particularly liked the fact that the 2 CDs had a huge 110 short tracks over them, which makes it very easy and not at all frustrating to repeat the tracks so that you can be sure of the punctuation.

The style of teaching in the book is less dry than many others and I found the simple explanations given quite helpful when trying to understand the complexities of German grammar.

Having a reasonable basic understanding of German, this book was more of a revision for me, but even so I'm a bit dubious that it would take anyone to to the claimed Level 4 understanding and conversation level without a serious amount of speaking, constant revision and further reading.

I've bought 6 of the Teach Yourself German books - vocab, grammar, Perfect Your German etc, so we'll see how the whole package fits together and just how far it realistically takes me. So far, I've no regrets about the purchase.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars EASY LEARN 6 Aug 2012
By rokchik
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Huge book along with CD, looks a bit daunting at first. Really easy to understand and enjoyable way to learn a language
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Complete German Review 12 July 2012
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I found this book and CD excellent although I am only 4 units into it. Instructions are very clear and easy to understand, with the German alongside English. Although there are many units, they are short, so I tend to do one every day or every other day for about 20 minutes. Each unit has a test yourself section at the end for consolidation. What I also like is that you are introduced to new vocab and grammar and then given exercises to help implement it. And just when you're feeling confused or unsure, things are explained in depth. I would recommend this book for anyone who wants to learn German and knows absolutely nothing, like me! I have already learned quite a bit.

The only criticism I would have is that there is not much space to write in it but this is not much of a problem as I also use a separate notebook. The book itself is quite small and lightweight so it's easy to carry around.

The exercises are practical and interesting. This book is definitely not boring and keeps you engaged throughout. Very pleased with this buy and hopefully I will be able to speak German soon!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
So far I like the book. I only dip into it from time to time but enjoy doing so.
Published 1 month ago by Mr Geoffrey Fitch
1.0 out of 5 stars very disappointed on this item
very disappointed on this item, it explains that the reader must also listen to the audio`s but they are not available so the program is useless and I want a refund.
Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Very useful for work.
Published 2 months ago by neets
1.0 out of 5 stars No CD's
I bought the Kindle version. In the blurb it talks of CD's and there is nothing I can see that says you do not get an electronic copy of these CD's on your Kindle. Read more
Published 2 months ago by tom
5.0 out of 5 stars complete german
This is a fantastic compact course.Clear easy to read and goes well with the Cd.Well paced and stuctured course.Listening and reading exercises very good. Read more
Published 3 months ago by lee
5.0 out of 5 stars Comment and query
Very good, but the only disappointment was that I cannot play the CD Rom on my walkman or my radio. Why is that?
Published 4 months ago by marion dodd
4.0 out of 5 stars an excellent product
I would recommend Teach Yourself books for any one wanting to learn a language from scratch. However you do need to buy the accompanying disc.
Published 4 months ago by Colin Cain
5.0 out of 5 stars Thorough and simple
A great beginner to intermediate course. A friend, who speaks several European languages fluently (and is working his way through the Asian ones) agreed with this assessment.
Published 5 months ago by Robin J. Thomson
5.0 out of 5 stars Like it says - complete !
It gives the student all he needs to successfully express himself - go over the CD tracks several times and you will exude confidence at what you have achieved!
Published 7 months ago by Peter Waters
1.0 out of 5 stars poor condition.
I got this as a gift and left in packaging a while until it was time to give as a givef. The CDs are in poor condition as all of them jump at a certain point. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Jeannine
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