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German with Ease (Assimil Method Books) [Audiobook] [Audio CD]

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  • Audio CD: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Assimil; Pap/Com edition (1 Mar 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 270051050X
  • ISBN-13: 978-2700510508
  • Product Dimensions: 16.3 x 23.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 180,613 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Learn modern German in 100 lively and entertaining lessons. In just five months, you will be able to hold a conversation with German speakers. The audio recordings, made by professional voice-over artists, are invaluable for picking up the rhythms of the spoken language. Book & 4 CDs (total running time: 130 minutes).

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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great once you find a good method 13 July 2008
Format:Audio CD
Essentially what you get with this product is a CD featuring 100 short dialogues (each about 3-5 minutes long) in German. In addition you are given a booklet which gives you a transcription of these dialogues, some notes on the grammar illustrated in the speech and an English translation of what it all means.

The basic method is to first listen to a dialogue and continually repeat it until you have a grasp of what is being said. Next, you continue repeating the dialogue but whilst reading the text in German so that you get a grasp of the way in which the words you're speaking are represented in writing and finally, you read the English translation to discover what the words you've been speaking actually mean (though by the end of this course you usually have a good idea of what the dialogues are saying before looking at the translation).

This may sound like it lacks a great deal of substance, but this method of language learning actually makes a lot of sense when you consider the way in which a native speaker learns to communicate. Focusing on sounds before text and before you have an idea of the English equivalent is a much more effective method from my experience than just looking at a translation of English text into German and then trying to remember it (in addition to learning grammar rules and verb conjugations). The Assimil method gradually teaches you grammar and conjugations in a relatively painless way which sticks effortlessly because you already know what the words are by the time you look at the translation.

Overall, I found this a very effective technique for picking up the language and this is the only course which has brought me anywhere close to fluency in German. Of the two most comparable courses (Pimsleur and Michel Thomas) it has far more content and teaches you a wider variety of skills which can have you on your way to fluency within 6-12 months.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars German Course 5 Jun 2011
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Pleasurable learning with down-to-earth language demonstrations in everyday situations. Use of short sentences, typical of ordinary discourse. Clever graded build-up of vocabulary and grammatical forms. I think that it will be good for practical situations, although only a starting point for those who require to be able to take part in high level discussions.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Be sure you know what you get 24 Mar 2007
Format:Audio CD
I ordered this item thinking it would be a German course with audio CDs, but it turned out to be the other way around, audio CDs with a book containing the transcriptions and explanations. I must admit I wouldn't have bought it if I had knew this. Having said that, I'm giving it a try and I have to say it works. It consists on small audio lessons and exercises, where grammar points are slowly introduced. The quality of the audio recordings is very good, and it is very well-thought and clever in the way of presenting the material and making the most out of each lesson. On the other hand, I think this method is best as a complement rather than an alternative to standard language learning (classes!) and requires constant daily work (around half and hour a day).

All in all, be sure that you know what you get, but if you think this type of learning suits you, I would definitely recommend it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Nice progression 3 July 2014
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
this maintains interest alongside the free youtube video - and alongside other youtube videos.
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47 of 47 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An entertaining way to learn German 19 April 2000
By Michelle - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Initially I got this kit out of my local library but liked it so much I decided to purchase it. This study kit is made up of 100 individual lessons, with the aim of doing one lesson each day. Despite good intentions, this has not happened for me - I usually manage about 3 or 4 lessons per week. Vocab and grammatical concepts are introduced gradually, with the intitial focus being on understanding the dialogues and later moving onto a more active phase of study. Every 7th lesson is a review of the previous six, which draws together the grammatical points introduced. The texts are entertaining, and are supplemented by cartoons that are amusing. Using this course I have found my German has made very good progress in a short time. The key thing with this course is persistence - keeping the momentum going and trying to do a little each day. There are a few errors in the texts, but these are fairly obvious and not misleading to the learner. I find it useful to have a dictionary handy to check individual words and a book of verb conjugations (I find the "501 German Verbs" book most useful) as sometimes a new verb is introduced in the past tense. I find the CD format useful for shutteling from track to track. This course may move too quickly for some peoples liking but for me the pace is ideal.
36 of 36 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A very good language learning system 5 Sep 2004
By Airdale - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
I highly recommend all the Assimil products for aids in learning a new language. I have used Assimil to learn both Hungarian and German, with very good results. The key to this system is assimilation, so be sure to practice a little bit every day for best results. This system will teach you a foreign language, but I have a suggestion to help you along with the process. There is a very good website with radio streams from all over the world, at [...] where you can find radio broadcasts from the country of your target language. Spend some time every day listening to native speakers speaking the language you are trying to learn, the news stations are best. This way, as you progress in your studies, you will be surprised at to how fast you will be able to follow along to broadcasts and start to understand the native speakers. This is truly assimilation, and the more time you spend studying the Assimil tapes and listening to the foreign radio, the faster you will learn, the more fun you will have, and the more motivated you will become to stick with it. Don't give up! Leaning a foreign language can be a very rewarding and stimulating undertaking.
38 of 40 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Easy Way to Learn a Language 23 Sep 2006
By Mr. William Handley - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
I used the Assimil German course for six months before travelling to Germany. I had never studied German before so my knowledge was nil when I began.

I studied one lesson per day, spending a total of around 20 minutes broken up into chunks of five or ten minutes at a time. I would read the text of the lesson through in the morning, taking note of the meanings of new words and reading the explanations and grammar notes. Then I would play the recording several times until I understood it. Then I read the text several times through the day in coffee breaks or during lunch, then play the recording and read the text in the evening.

I didn't worry about memorising vocabulary or grammar. Any words I forgot would be reviewed tomorrow and for the next week of review. I reviewed each lesson for a week. I picked up most of the grammar by usage.

I was able to converse with my German friends after two months using Assimil and I spoke good German after completing the course in six months. I got a job in Germany as a technical translator, translating from English to German. I had to negotiate in German on behalf of my company and I taught in a German school. After a year I did a lot of public speaking. I wrote reports in German and did a fair amount of correspondence in German.

I was so pleased with my Assimil German program I bought Assimil courses for French, Russian, Dutch, Spanish, Hebrew, Arabic, Polish and Italian. I have used them all except for Hebrew and Arabic. Assimil was not my primary program for Russian and Polish but I highly recommend them.

Assimil takes the hard work out of learning a language. Learning becomes fun. Assimil texts are friendly and humorous. Each lesson has a cartoon to illustrate the lesson. Some of the older courses have a central person who visits the country where the language is spoken and you follow his adventures as he comments on customs and the people. You feel you get to know the characters.

I am looking at tackling more languages and Assimil will be my first choice.
16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It works, but you have to follow the method 16 Mar 2006
By P. Larkin - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
The Assimil method is a great way to build up your language skills in an easy and relaxed manner. But in order to make it work, you have to follow the rules explained in the book. This means that you have to learn on a daily basis and without conscious memorization (not to mention drills).

I write this mainly because I got the impression that one previous reviewer misunderstood the concept completely or didn't give it the time it deserves. The course isn't at all limited to listening and writing skills. On the contrary, it encourages you to practise pronunciation from the very first day and focuses strongly on speaking skills later on.

But there is indeed an extended period of passive learning which to my knowledge is unique to the Assimil method. For several month you simply listen and read and then repeat aloud what you've just heard and read (and check your progress with the exercises). Only after two or three month (depending on your schedule) of passive learning you enter the second phase where you are asked to formulate sentences on your own.

By this time, you have already amassed so much knowledge that speaking (simple) German will be an amazingly easy task for you. Plus, it takes a lot of pressure from the first phase of learning. Here's a tip from my own experience: Don't go too fast, never learn more than three lessons a week. The material will sink in better this way.

To sum up, this method works fine for me and I can recommend it wholeheartedly. But then again, there are always people who love to sweat...
10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best method, in my opinion 4 Dec 2008
By desert wonderer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
I have studied with Assimil before. Many years ago, French, all by myself. After a few months, I spoke to a French person that could not believe I had never been to France.
So, after checking several methods from the public library to learn German, remembering my good experience with Assimil, I bought the German version of it. Well, I am definitely not disappointed this time either! What I like about Assimil, is that you really learn to speak the language little by little. I love the way they introduce the conversations, especially for an English speaking person. They sort of ease you into the language like no other method out there. The trick is to repeat each lesson until you learn it completely. I write it over and over, also, to memorize it. I also love the fact that they don't overwhelm you with the grammar from the start, which I find very discouraging.. The book is small and light, so I take it everywhere.
I definitely recommend it. But I strongly suggest to learn each lesson by heart, like an actor learning his/her lines. That really works for me. I've been to France many times and now speak fluent French, and I plan to do the same with German.
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