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The "Everything" Learning German Book [Paperback]

Edward Swick
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27 Nov 2009 159869989X 978-1598699890 2nd Revised edition

Order das beste Bier at Oktoberfest! Hitch a ride on der Autobahn! Say "Wilkommen" to your neuen deutschen Freunde!

Learning to sprechen Sie Deutsches is fun--and far easier than you might think. German and English are closely related--you already know viele Phrasen! With this guide, you will make sense of this fascinating language in no time.

This practical, hands-on Buch comes with easy-to-understand lessons, useful exercises, and a CD for pronunciation help. Building on the German language's close relation to English, this all-new edition covers everything from basic introductions to verb conversions. You will learn to:

  • Ich möchte ein Berliner, bitte. Order food with ease.
  • Wie viel kostet der Käse? Ask how much items cost.
  • Der Vater kaufte seinem Sohn ein Fahrrad. Understand direct and indirect objects.
  • viel / mehr / am meisten. Use superlatives to communicate more effectively.
  • Der Ball wird von dem Mann geschlagen. Know when to use passive voice.
Whether you want to sample das stoutest Lager or converse with your grandparents in their native tongue, you'll soon discover just how easy it is to learn German!

This edition includes completely new material on:

  • Rules of spelling and punctuation
  • Appropriate language for correspondence in German, including e-mail
  • Updated exercises

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  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Adams Media Corporation; 2nd Revised edition edition (27 Nov 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 159869989X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1598699890
  • Product Dimensions: 23.1 x 20.1 x 2.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 236,438 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Edward Swick, MA (Chicago, IL), has been teaching languages for more than thirty years. He holds master’s degrees in German, Russian, and English, and was a Fulbright scholar at the University of Hamburg. He is the author of several German, Russian, and ESL textbooks and wrote the first edition of The Everything Learning German Book and The Everything German Phrase Book.

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This is the best introduction to German grammar I have found. It covers everything you need to know in a very understandable way (including the aspects not covered by Michel Thomas!) It is easy and pleasant to read. It is equally easy to refer back to specific sections when needed. The CD is useful to help with comprehension, pronounciation and to revise the verb conjugations and vocab lists. (I use it on the daily commute.)

I have dropped a star because there are not many exercises to help imbed the grammar points in one's mind (try Schaum's Grammar for that). There is also very limited vocabulary as this book sticks to basic sentences and the odd vocab list.

You will never learn German from one book, but for beginners, this should be one of the books you read. The grammar is far more logical, better explained and easier to refer back to than in the "Teach Yourself German" book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very good! 8 Feb 2004
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This book is superb! I am married to a native German speaker and need all the help I can get. I am writing as a self taught German student that is trying to learn all as fast as possible. This book starts off slow with very useful vocabulary. There is an excellent pronunciation section which is very necessary with German. I very much like how new vocabulary and workbook pages are mixed together. Everything is index so perfectly so it is easy to find help within the book. All new vocabulary have translation so there is no need for an extra dictionary with this book. The presentation is very well done. It is a basic level book (as the title mentions) so it is great for new students or self taught students. The book can be used again and again for practice. There are so many words to learn and exercises to do making this book well worth the money. I am very sorry this book was not available when I began my studies! The author is very talented. Thanks to him for such a useful book and hopefully there will be more advanced books with audio programs in the future.
120 of 122 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book- but be careful of kindle version 19 Nov 2010
By Ashley - Published on Amazon.com
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I really like this book. It's easy to use and understand. But if you buy the kindle version, be aware that it doesn't come with the audio CD. I thought I would be able to download the audio CD when I bought the Kindle version, but that isn't an option. The Kindle version is for the book only.
120 of 125 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This book was exactly what I was looking for! 17 Sep 2003
By Chris C. - Published on Amazon.com
I recommend this book to anyone interested in learning the German Language. It is full of all the little questions and answers that other books lack.
Last year I decided to start teaching myself German and for someone who has language based learning disabilities this was going to be a challenge. Since I started teaching myself German I have mostly used audio CD's, some of which come with books to aid you. I found all of these CD books to be unhelpful since they all usually moved to fast and did not explain or answer the small questions that someone would naturally develop as they started learning. Because of the lack of information in these CD books I ended up only focused on the CD's themselves. After nine months I was feeling confident enough and had enough questions to start learning the rules of the German language so I began hunting for a good book to help me. When I found this book I immediately knew this was the one. It starts off with the very basics by explaining the origins of the German/English languages and how they broke apart and differ from each other. As the book moves forward the author adds notes and explanations to many of the questions that one might ask. I am still reading this book and will probably re-read it many times using it as my German language text book but I am confident that between this book, a vocabulary book and some audio CD's I will eventually teach myself this language. I give this book a big thumbs up!
65 of 66 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A handy learning aid 24 Sep 2010
By CJ - Published on Amazon.com
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I am a native English speaker, and I find myself living in Germany for the forseeable future. I wanted to learn completely by immersion, but my progress stalled. I bought this book to assist me and I love it. I sat down and read it through, and before I even did the exercises I understood so much more about German. I had several "Oh yeah! I get it now!" moments. I find the explanations helpful and the grammar sections to be pretty straightforward. And of course, the random facts are interesting and break up the reading nicely. Having said all that, German is my fourth foreign language. I can't really remember the problems I had studying my first foreign language, but this book seems to be on a level helpful to anyone. I'm currently on my third time through it, and as yet have found no faults according to my own learning needs. For the price, I say it's a good gamble; incredibly helpful at best and a useful reference (to augment other texts) at worst. To those just learning a second language, don't give up. The hardest part about learning a language is learning how you personally learn another language best. Once you get the knack (and the appropriate learning aids), they're cake.
50 of 51 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best single-source German starter! 4 Nov 2006
By Stephen Beckvonpeccoz - Published on Amazon.com
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This book is phenomenal. It is written with concise common sense and humor. I am a student who just began learning German professionally 20 hours/week. I use this book as my self-selected textbook; I refer to it every day. Edward Swick wrote it for Americans and it has all the grammar rules and the short cuts to remember them. The best feature is the pronunciation guides after German words: particularly helpful with sounds we don't have in American English, such as the guttural "ch" and the three umlaut letters.

This book also includes cultural information, the new spelling rules, common German usage, and appendices with basic German-English and English-German dictionaries. Combine this book with some CD's such as Learn in Your Car German and you will be learning German in no time!
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