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First Thousand Words in German (Usborne First Thousand Words) Paperback – 8 Dec 1995

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Product details

  • Paperback: 64 pages
  • Publisher: Usborne Publishing Ltd; Revised edition edition (8 Dec. 1995)
  • Language: English, German
  • ISBN-10: 0746023065
  • ISBN-13: 978-0746023068
  • Product Dimensions: 22.9 x 0.5 x 30.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 30,624 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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As someone returning to German and trying to brush up on lost vocabulary I am finding this useful, even though it's clearly a kid's book. It's just more fun to sit browsing through this of an evening, rather than scrolling through long lists of vocab. More useful, I would imagine, in a classroom situation, as the large pictures would surely make for great Q and A sessions... direct the postman to the post office.... tell the little girl where her dog is.... describe what's under the window etc etc etc... The illustrations are very sweet too.
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The book's a great way to learn. The genders are listed alongside every noun helping to build the foundations of learning German, without you even realising.
Although the cartoon pictures and hidden duck on every page may be aimed at a younger audience, I believe it has a lot to offer GCSE and A-level pupils too.
I'm graduating from Uni this year - I only wish I'd discovered it sooner!
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This book is absolutely ideal for either adults learning German or for young children.

It starts off with an introduction to masculine, feminine and neuter words (Der, Die, Das), uses of capital letters, and weird letters and signs (e.g. ß and the umlaut). Furthermore, it even goes on to supplying you with a link to a website for listening to the pronunciations of the 1000 German words in the book, print out some German picture puzzles for free, and find links to other useful websites about Germany and the German language.

But what about the content of the actual book?
The book itself consists of double-page pictures to show practical scenarios and then identify everything in the scenario, so you can learn the German words for everyday things, such as in the hospital (Das Krankenhaus), at the airport (Der Flughafen), or on the street (Die Straße).

In addition to the many scenarios offered, you can also learn the names for activities, like running (rennen), singing (singen), sleeping (schlafen), waiting (warten), drinking (trinken), etc.

Opposites are covered, e.g. small (klein) and big (groß), days of the week and times of the day, special occasions, e.g. a wedding (die Hochzeit), the weather, the seasons, pets, animals, a wide variety of sport from das Kricket to das Sumo, colours, shapes, numbers, and less common scenarios, such as the fair (Der Jahrmarkt) and the circus (Der Zirkus).

To complete the book, on the back pages there is also a comprehensive A-Z word list, just in case you have difficulty finding a particular word, understanding its translation, or need a bit more practice with pronunciation.

My opinion? BUY THIS BOOK.
It's definitely essential for learning the German language.

Oh, and if you're learning any other languages, this exact book is also available in other languages, too.
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By bernie TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 25 Dec. 2000
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This is like a mini version of The Oxford-Duden Pictorial German-English Dictionary.
Only this one shows the big picture. It has an index of words and more words that at not pictured. It even comes with an Easy Pronunciation Guide. The pictures are cute and colorful.
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I am what you call an "adult" learner, and find that, despite my weekly classes and separate lessons with an independent tutor, the one major problem that has to be addressed is the lack of vocabulary. At school I was a fan of flash cards, but nowadays I find this book is a good answer to those. At first it might feel that a lot of words are not really useful, but if you want to learn the language, ultimately, all the words in this book (and thousands more) will have to be learnt. "First Thousand Words in German" is a good point to start, covering all the useful topics, such as family, food, travel etc.

One of the best features of the book - the nouns have gender articles in front of them! And for those of you who just starting to learn German - you will definitely appreciate that (I certainly did!).
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This is very similar to a book I had as a child, when I was learning English (my first language). It is excellently laid out, beautifully illustrated and logically composed. I find it a joy to look through and its nature is well suited to my preferred method of learning a foreign language - through the eyes of a child, so to speak. It is very different from a lot of the other language books aimed at adult learners, which are often quite heavy to read, meaning progress can be slow. Obviously this is great for those who have a good photographic memory as the pictures are accompanied clearly by their names and genders. The book is usefully separated into vocab clusters, for example words relating to the living room are grouped around a picture of the living room, sports and hobbies likewise. This is the kind of book you can dip in and out of, flick to the bits relevant to your learning and pick things up as you go along, which gives you a sense of progress and achievement. There are lots of engaging scenarios (story boards) to put what you've learnt to use and a few grammatical pointers to clarify. I think the most important thing about learning a language is to find the method best suited to you, and I certainly would recommend this is you don't have the inclination to plough through a typically academic language text book, which can for some be dry, tedious and discouraging. Suitable for all levels and is a great companion to the Usborne Learning German book.
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