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Second German Reader (Graded German Readers Book 3)

Second German Reader (Graded German Readers Book 3) [Kindle Edition]

Elisabeth May
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Second German Reader – Discover the Power of the ALARM Method
Second German Readers is a Beginner and Pre-Intermediate level graded reader to learn German language easier and faster. If you already have background with German language, this book is the best one to try. It makes use of the so-called ALARM or Approved Learning Automatic Remembering Method to efficiently teach its reader German words, sentences and dialogues. Through this method, a person will be able to enhance his or her ability to remember the words that has been incorporated into consequent sentences from time to time. By practicing this method, German can be learned in a fun and convenient way. You will learn German vocabulary without hassle with parallel English translation. Audio tracks available on the publisher’s homepage free of charge will teach you German pronunciation. You will have fun learning German through this book because you will comprehend everything. You will be able to understand and create German dialogues as well. Second German Reader is ultimately comprehensive because each chapter is created with words explained in previous ones and with as few as possible new words. The author of this book used every opportunity to use the words used in the previous chapters to explain the succeeding chapter. This way, the reader will be able to understand every single detail of the book. Learning through this Second German Reader is like attending a sophisticated step-by-step lecture of Pre-Intermediate level. There is also First German Reader for complete beginners that was made in the same way. Those who do not have any background about German should start with First German Reader before moving on to Second German Reader.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2577 KB
  • Print Length: 545 pages
  • Publisher: Language Practice Publishing (15 Oct 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B009RTDLK6
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Not Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #189,393 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fun and useful 9 Mar 2013
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May has an unusual sense of humour. I liked this book a lot, and it's helped to improve my German.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Story is farfetched but okay. 26 May 2013
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Is a very good resurce for an old man trying to learn the language of his grandparents. Story is a fartetched but okay. English translation is sometimes odd but acceptable.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Really Useful! 3 Feb 2013
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I liked very much the First German Reader. This is a terrific sequel. It's a very intelligent way of teaching/learning the language. Also, entertaining. A pleasure.
5.0 out of 5 stars Comprehension builder 31 Dec 2013
By Francisco R. Canseco - Published on
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This book, builds vocabulary and comprehension with every chapter. It's great! I recommend this book to anyone who wants to improve comprehension.
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Learning Book 8 Nov 2013
By Cliff - Published on
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I really like learning from this book. It makes the German language easy and fun to learn from.
Can't wait for more books.
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3.0 out of 5 stars So-So. Definitely not for children 15 Dec 2013
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The story in this beginner-intermediate reader is about some bank robbers and a detective who tries to catch them. There is some violence and suggestive content. Some example vocabulary: porn, electroshocker, double bed, sexually, sexual exploitation. Someone jokes about porn in one chapter. A woman jokes about sleeping in a hotel with a man she just met. Sexual tension builds up toward an expected shower scene. In another chapter, one of the bank robbers repeatedly electroshocks another until his skin begins to smoke. This book is definitely not for children but adults may find it interesting and humorous.

The layout of the book is good. Each of the 29 chapters has three parts, A, B, C. Part A is a vocabulary list with 40-100 new words. Part B is the reading of part of a detective novella, with German in the left hand column and the corresponding English in the right. Part C is a jumble of very short dialogues in which to further practice vocabulary. There are E-G and G-E dictionaries in the back.

The vocabulary seems cumulative, but it is hard to tell. Each list does not contain all of the words for the current story part, and there are some new words in each story part that don't appear in the vocabulary lists, and some that are repeated. This is the most disappointing part of the book and the part that needs the most re-work. What the ALARM method is it is impossible for me to tell.

The story is fairly well-written and interesting, and the vocabulary and grammar are at the beginner to intermediate level, as advertised.

The English translations are good, but not always great. Some of the English sentences need to be re-translated and some should be more literal in order to help decipher the German idiom. The German overall seems better.

The dictionaries in the back are very incomplete, so you will need access to an online dictionary like Oxford's or This really needs to be fixed.

The paperback binding feels strong enough to get through the entire book.

I like the free audio files online in MP3 format for listening or downloading. They help to ensure proper pronunciation. Some of the recordings are very good, some are not so good.

I like the scheme of this book but would like it to undergo a more rigorous, professional editing. I look forward to the next level.
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