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Ultimate German: Advanced Coursebook (Ll(r) Ultimate Advanced Course) [Large Print] [Paperback]

Living Language , Birgit Nielsen
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1 Oct 2003 1400020581 978-1400020584 Revised edition
Created for the serious language-learner, our Ultimate German Advanced course has been revised and updated. It teaches a sophisticated level of conversation and grammar and is equivalent to two years of college study. Free additional exercises are now available online!

Perfect for the businessperson and anyone traveling or living abroad, Ultimate German Advanced coursebook features 20 lessons. Each includes lively, up-to-date dialogues, vocabulary, exercises, culture notes, and detailed explanations of grammar and usage.

• Ideal for anyone planning to live or conduct business abroad
• Includes extensive business vocabulary and details of
business etiquette
• Free extra practice on line with more than 100 additional practice sections
• Updated with new vocabulary and information about culture and everyday life; and now include references to the euro

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  • Paperback: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Random House Inc; Revised edition edition (1 Oct 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1400020581
  • ISBN-13: 978-1400020584
  • Product Dimensions: 22.9 x 15.1 x 2.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,941,968 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars German language course 12 Feb 2010
Format:Audio CD
Absolutely delighted with these courses - use the CD's on my IPod whilst walking the dog, then revise what I have listened to. They are a great "carry on" course if, like me you did the Michel Thomas courses and wondered where to go to next with your German.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A very impressive effort that fills a much needed gap 9 Dec 2003
By Jerome A. Carney - Published on
Format:Audio CD
In recent years, I've purchased over 20 German study texts, and the Living Language "Ultimate German" series is the best I've come across. The textbook offers tried-and-true, nuts-and-bolts grammar and vocabulary review, along with interesting, useful dialogs and cultural and business essays. The two sets of CDs -- one to accompany the text and another, parallel set for "on the go" review -- are equally well-produced and relevant (although two of my CDs were mislabeled).

As a businessman focusing on international marketing, I greatly appreciate the "real world" content and social settings of each chapter. German is the third foreign language I've studied, and I'm most impressed by how well the Living Language "Advanced" series fills the gap for those of us who are well-beyond the basics, but not yet ready for Goethe.

The content, organization and graded structure are far superior to the advanced German text books I used for classes last year at a major California university. Other advanced texts tend to forego the graded approach, where each lesson builds on vocabulary and grammar learned in the preceeding lesson, offering instead an amalgam of short stories or essays accompanied by vocabulary lists that too often feature less-than-relevant terms and expessions. Despite being a first cousin to English, German is a complex langauge with an excessively rich and nuanced vocabulary, and a graded structure is still necessary, in my opinion, even at an advanced level.

For those who are visually inclined, however, please note that the textbook contains no images or pictures, just text and vocabulary and grammar drills.

All in all, "Ultimate German Advanced" is a well-thought, well-structured, well-executed product. It's not the prettiest, most colorful textbook to be found, but it will put real-world German fluency well within your grasp.
34 of 35 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Ultimate German Advanced vs. FSI/Barron's 12 Jun 2007
By Gregory B. Garrison - Published on
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Having completed both Barron's German I & II, I decided to try this to stay in practice while working abroad one summer. The layout is simple, and not dry as many would consider the FSI courses to be; however, as far as the breadth of material that is covered, I consider FSI to be superior.

FSI I & II covers the entire gamut of German grammar (from presnt tense to Konjunctiv/subjunctive), whereas the material in UGA seems to rest in between them. Thus,grammatically, FSI will take you beyond UGA. That said, the format of FSI might not be enjoyable for all as it is riddled with repetitive grammar drills. However, FSI is preferable for me.

So, in short: if you really enjoy laborious grammar exercises and would like to learn the full breadth of German grammar, FSI is certainly the one you want. UGA is an excellent program, but probably more geared towards those who are interested in practical situations and not in grammar mastery.
44 of 49 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars From a 2-year highschool, 1-year college German study 2 April 2002
By Bryan T. Vold - Published on
Format:Audio Cassette
When I originally bought the book, I didn't know that you could buy it with CD's. That would have helped tremendously, had I known. As it was, I sat down every lunch hour and did a lesson. Usually I only made it through the story (and looking up vocabulary). Then do the lesson on a future lunch hour. I thought the book was extremely helpful in explaining how things fit together. It also has pretty helpful cultural hints. I would also suggest All-Audio German (listen to it as much as you can, to perfect your pronunciation, you'll be glad you did). I also bought the English-German dictionary...for my Palm - this is an ABSOLUTE MUST if you are going to be going to Germany and you are serious about getting more fluent.
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Product is as it says...advanced 26 April 2010
By DEL - Published on
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
For once, a product that is what it was claimed to be. The audio cd content is very helpful and at a level of having taken at least two years of college German. That's the level the cds start at. The textbook that accompanies it is amazingly helpful as well. Overall, the purchase was well worth the $.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very advanced, but useful 12 Feb 2012
By Bat - Published on
Format:Audio Cassette|Verified Purchase
Ultimate German, Advanced, is an old package, cassettes you know!, but decided to go for it due to price. It was in great shape, the book and cassettes both. There are many dialogues on practical subjects, performed by native speakers of course, and read very fast for the most part, so it should be great for comprehension at conversational speed. However, it would be helpful to have it done once at a slower speed so as to be sure of correct pronunciation.
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