First Thousand Words in German (Usborne First Thousand Words) Paperback – 8 Dec 1995
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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!
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.
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.
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!).
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The book quality is very good.
Very easy to understand the signal words.
Good for children or beginner.
Lovely book, bought for an adult friend who is learning German. The pictures are lovely, although sometimes, without guidance, it is unclear what the words are referring to. Read morePublished on 28 April 2014 by HoneyPossum
I am an adult learning German as a complete beginner and this book has been really useful for getting to know some core vocabulary.Published on 5 April 2014 by Amazon Customer