- Format: Kindle Edition
- File Size: 604 KB
- Print Length: 256 pages
- Publisher: Collins; 3 edition (31 Oct. 2011)
- Language: English
- ASIN: B005IGZUVA
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Not Enabled
- Average Customer Review: 73 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #218,549 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Collins Gem German Phrasebook and Dictionary (Collins Gem) 3rd Edition, Kindle Edition
|Length: 256 pages|
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I was on holiday in Berlin for a week, and though English is widely spoken there, I used the Menu Reader section every day (knowing what I'm ordering in restaurants is important to me since I'm a veggie!) I also frequently referred to the vocabulary lists (with pronunciation guide beside each word) in the Shopping and Eating Out sections.
The colour coded sections were great for finding relevant pages quickly.
The bit I used the most though, was the dictionary at the back - both German to English and English to German. This takes up more than a third of the book. It's much smaller and more concise than a full-blown dictionary, yet there are enough words in it for everyday use.
The book also contains many other helpful topics like Key Phrases, Polite Expressions, Pronunciation and Asking the Way, and though I didn't personally refer to them during my short stay, it was reassuring to know they were handy!
I give this invaluable wee travelling companion full marks for its compact size, easy layout and useful dictionary.
I have an issue that the 'Making Friends' section is all in the informal 'du' form - OK with youngsters getting to know each other but not for the more formal German adult who may well end the friendship the first time you call her 'du' uninvited. It would have been a good idea to provide the questions in both formal and informal style.
It would have been handy, in the 'telling the time' section to explain that the half hour is always half TO the hour (ie halb drei is half-past two). Although 'half-past' examples are given, this can throw English speakers.
Apart from these quibbles I can recommend this. Very handy to have on your Kindle.
i didn't know it was pocket sized when i got it!
however it is really good, useful and colour co-ordinated, its everything a traveller would need for hotels, food, taxi, airport, etc. i would also suggest a book to accompany it for beginners to German. even though it tells you how to pronounce words it doesn't tell you how to structure full sentences in every section.
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