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First Thousand Words in German (Usborne First Thousand Words) Paperback – 8 Dec 1995


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  • Paperback: 64 pages
  • Publisher: Usborne Publishing Ltd; Revised edition edition (8 Dec. 1995)
  • Language: English, German
  • ISBN-10: 0746023065
  • ISBN-13: 978-0746023068
  • Product Dimensions: 22.9 x 0.5 x 30.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 135,005 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By daisyrock on 17 Nov. 2007
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As someone returning to German and trying to brush up on lost vocabulary I am finding this useful, even though it's clearly a kid's book. It's just more fun to sit browsing through this of an evening, rather than scrolling through long lists of vocab. More useful, I would imagine, in a classroom situation, as the large pictures would surely make for great Q and A sessions... direct the postman to the post office.... tell the little girl where her dog is.... describe what's under the window etc etc etc... The illustrations are very sweet too.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Anitha Babu on 19 Dec. 2009
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I am one other person thriving to learn German, and was completley clueless where to start. Had to do a lot of research on which book to buy. I am a consultant and have very limited time to invest on studying. I was looking for a book that is fun to learn and just needs little time everyday. And this book is jus perfect. It has all i was looking for. Everyday you sincerely invest 10min, am sure you will pick up the basics. I wont say you will learn and master german, but you will definitely pick up the essentials which ofcourse you have to put into practice a lot.I am highly satisfied with my choice and will definitely recommend to anyone who is looking for to learn german with limited time investment everyday.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Cat on 8 Oct. 2012
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This is very similar to a book I had as a child, when I was learning English (my first language). It is excellently laid out, beautifully illustrated and logically composed. I find it a joy to look through and its nature is well suited to my preferred method of learning a foreign language - through the eyes of a child, so to speak. It is very different from a lot of the other language books aimed at adult learners, which are often quite heavy to read, meaning progress can be slow. Obviously this is great for those who have a good photographic memory as the pictures are accompanied clearly by their names and genders. The book is usefully separated into vocab clusters, for example words relating to the living room are grouped around a picture of the living room, sports and hobbies likewise. This is the kind of book you can dip in and out of, flick to the bits relevant to your learning and pick things up as you go along, which gives you a sense of progress and achievement. There are lots of engaging scenarios (story boards) to put what you've learnt to use and a few grammatical pointers to clarify. I think the most important thing about learning a language is to find the method best suited to you, and I certainly would recommend this is you don't have the inclination to plough through a typically academic language text book, which can for some be dry, tedious and discouraging. Suitable for all levels and is a great companion to the Usborne Learning German book.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By J. Carter on 8 Nov. 2010
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Primarily aimed at children, it is full of brightly coloured pictures along with the corresponding German word. As you progress, some of the words get more difficult but that adds to the fun of it all - to look back and review your progress. It has been a long time, 30 years+ since I passed my GCE and my daughter have made an evening game of one page and I'm not sure who enjoys it more. The author has split the activities into seperate sections to make life easier and it works for Poppy and I. A great teaching aid, she could almost sit the GCSE now,a year before time, because of this book alone. Had I seen a copy in the local Waterstones (OOPS) I would have purchased it immediately. It has also switched my brain on again and we have 'subject' evenings to see if we can converse for an hour from one of the subject pages. Its great positive is that it is pictures and words not just lists of words and their grammatical use.
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39 of 42 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 8 May 2002
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The book's a great way to learn. The genders are listed alongside every noun helping to build the foundations of learning German, without you even realising.
Although the cartoon pictures and hidden duck on every page may be aimed at a younger audience, I believe it has a lot to offer GCSE and A-level pupils too.
I'm graduating from Uni this year - I only wish I'd discovered it sooner!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A.McGrath TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 15 Feb. 2012
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I'm finding this book very useful, as one of the biggest problems when learning a language is finding out the names of objects, how to describe them, pronounce them and a list of common verbs, in a way that is easy to remember. This book does it very well. The online pronunciation guide is great but would have been better had they included it on a DVD or CD (even if this meant at a little extra cost). Although it may seem like a child's book its format is used in other far more expensive language methods.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Lola TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 16 Sept. 2013
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I am what you call an "adult" learner, and find that, despite my weekly classes and separate lessons with an independent tutor, the one major problem that has to be addressed is the lack of vocabulary. At school I was a fan of flash cards, but nowadays I find this book is a good answer to those. At first it might feel that a lot of words are not really useful, but if you want to learn the language, ultimately, all the words in this book (and thousands more) will have to be learnt. "First Thousand Words in German" is a good point to start, covering all the useful topics, such as family, food, travel etc.

One of the best features of the book - the nouns have gender articles in front of them! And for those of you who just starting to learn German - you will definitely appreciate that (I certainly did!).
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