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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful
on 25 June 2012
This is a brilliant idea.

Rather than wading through lists of nouns, phrases etc, this book improves your language by telling an excellent detective story.

I became completely engrossed in the story and forgot I was supposed to be learning. There are phrases and excercises at the end of each chapter but these don't seem like a chore, rather they are a necessary part of finding out what happens next.

Before I knew it, I'd read an excellent detective story and learnt quite a lot of German without much effort. There should be more books like this for different levels and in different languages as this format works so well.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
on 28 October 2012
This book was purchased to help bring variation of language to my voluntary class, which is made up of retired people wishing to learn, or improve their German language skills. The chapters and exercises are of an appropriate length, providing bite sized extracts, which are not overwhelming to the beginner. The vocabulary lists are mostly relevant and useful.However, genders are not supplied with the vocabulary lists, and I do feel any aid to German learning should always include gender references when vocabulary is supplied, otherwise readers cannot recognise or understand the nuances of meaning that occur in the text.My group members are thoroughly enjoying the story and the subsequent boost to their confidence at being able to cope with a "German book", is really gratifying.I will be following up other books in the series.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on 7 August 2014
This is the first in a series of five short “krimis” by Andre Klein. They are for more advanced students than his previous trilogy of tales set in Germany. The format is similar – a dozen short chapters [500 or so words] each with a detailed glossary of translated words and phrases, and then a few questions to check comprehension. These are more advanced - more complex grammar, more use of idiom. The reader also has to follow a narrative through a whole book.

The detective story lends itself to language learning, as you want to solve the crime, and this gets you through difficult passages. Much can be figured from the context, too. These detective stories are entertaining – not Ian Rankin, but nothing of which CSI would be ashamed. The two detectives – Harald and Katerina – are a modern pairing, characters. The cases are cleverly plotted.

An excellent way to improve comprehension without realising it. I read the series in order of publication, but you don't need to do this - there is no cross referencing and the level of each one is the same.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 4 February 2013
I enjoyed this book thoroughly, and have bought the next two Baumgartner books.
It's pitched pretty accurately at my level of German ability - not too easy, or too hard. I especially like the German slang and colloquialisms.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 26 June 2013
The book is really good and the vocabulary at the end of the chapter is exactly what you need. However I found it just a bit short. Anyway you can always buy the rest of the serie...
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 17 April 2013
Bought this together with the dictionary for my kindle and it is so much better than a paper book because you can look up any words you don't know immediately... Really good
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 26 December 2012
It keeps the process of learning from being repetitive and a chore. The reading and learning is kept interesting and amusing (when you understand what is being said.)
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on 21 January 2015
A fun way to lighten up a German class. Easy read, rather for intermediate than for advanced students. I like the style with the quite natural dialogues. Most of the questions at the end of each chapter are a bit too easy. The text itself is just about 30 pages. We are reading it in an adult education class and would welcome a slightly longer text. Yet, this one is just right for a mixed-level class, and the presentation is nice. I ordered a set of ten and they arrived within a couple of days. Will consider one of the other stories for another term.
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on 1 May 2015
I quite like this author's series of books, they really do help with learning German, and the glossary at the end of each chapter is useful for translating whole phrases, which is good for those times when you know all the words but can't understand the sentence or phrase.

My German teacher (native speaker) does find some of the constructions in German are a bit odd, but she thinks this is because she's lived in Britain for a long time, and might be a bit out of date. This would only affect very advanced learners, anyway.
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on 28 May 2015
Great quick reads in either or both languages, nice for learning or just to enjoy the story. Helpful vocabulary making it a little easier to pick up words and to save having to read with a dictionary next to the book, and the stories in these little books are engaging enough to sustain interest. Very nice, the level is pitched right - a pleasant experience since I find many language texts either too advanced for the level they are aiming at, or too boring. Great value for money too and prompt delivery.
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