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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton; 2 edition (27 April 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1444165151
  • ISBN-13: 978-1444165159
  • Product Dimensions: 24.4 x 1.3 x 18.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (69 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 18,741 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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'... an excellent and very appealing book both for use in the class as well as for self-study' (Amazon user review)

'As teacher of German I have found this book plus the activity book an excellent resource for teaching German to my students.' (Amazon user)

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THE best-selling German course for adult beginners in a class environment or for revision purposes.

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I agree with the other people I brought this,and when I looked through, It says listen to CD? well that wasn't mentioned I don't want to pay more for that. However even worse than that it refers to the help book and the answers which are all at the back but they are not! So you try do the activities but have no idea whether you are doing it right -.- This book frustrates me. Although to the sellers credit delivery was very quick although haven't received the work book which was ordered at same time. Wonder if I have to buy another answer book for that :/
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I can't endorse this textbook chiefly because it doesn't introduce the genders until Unit 3. I've not come across this approach before and find it quite unhelpful especially as the author states himself that the gender of nouns has to be learned. Not including the gender of nouns in the vocabulary lists for units 1 + 2 is unhelpful and even in Unit 3 there are nouns in the vocabulary list without a gender.
Days of the week aren't taught until Lesson 6 ( page 100) and months of the year not at all. The presentation of role plays is also so unhelpful and confusing, I leave them out completely. (The person taking Partner B has to refer to a section right at the back of the book, some 200 pages away). The pages are littered with errors that go beyond typos. Some German expressions are inaccurate and/or poor, lazy Geman with poor/lazy English translations attached which are inaccurate. ( Monday I'm going to Berlin). Page after page is full of childish cartoons; hard to imagine that this is aimed at adults.The activity book does not stand alone very easily; students say they need to refer to the coursebook which makes it rather cumbersome. The Cds are completely superfluous. When I read on the front cover that this book has been trusted for over 10 years, I wonder who by especially as no mention is given. I have now finished teaching Units 1 - 6 and am abandoning this course. I know I cannot fully trust this book so buying 25 of these + 25 of the activity books has been an unwise and costly investment.
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For class at college. This book is so worth the money, if you want to learn German, get this book. I got the workbook with it also, I'd advise you get the workbook too, because the two work alongside each other and will help you to learn better.
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Okay, so I purchased Wilkommen!: Coursebook to be used in conjunction with a beginner's German class, and have to say that I expected better.

While delivery was swift and the price seemed reasonable, I found the lack of explanation and activities in the book frustrating. Granted, you can purchase a separate activity book which may be of more use, but that seems an inconvenient extra expense.

Outside of class, using this book to progress and recap was an uphill battle, the opposite of what it should have been. Most of the pages are filled with pictures and cartoons which are all very well if you are, say, 10 years old, but the actual educational quality of this product in isolation is poor. All of the instructions for activities and questions are mostly in German, and if you have no German teacher to translate, this becomes tedious. The most useful pages in the textbook were the grammar and vocab sections at the end of each chapter, but these are hard to digest in one go, despite being a useful tool. Despite these sections being intended for recap, I consistently found myself reaching them and thinking 'I've actually never come across these words before in the book'. Not great.

Granted, if you possess an amazing German teacher, this product may work better for you than not. For self-educating however, I would not recommend this product unless you are willing to invest in the activity book too. Could you learn German from this book alone? Nope. Could you learn it using this book with other resources and lessons? Probably. For a reputable textbook though, I expected more.
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I am a beginner in German so thought this book would be ideal for me. I was influenced by the reputation of the Willkommen! series too. I didn't realise that the book didn't come with an audio CD and that in order to really use it you need the audio, which means having to buy it separately (in another pack). If you're counting your pennies, this book isn't the best investment. The pictures are distracting and feel very dated. To me, it had a mish-mash feel and I found it really difficult to navigate through the book. I flicked to the back and found things that I could already say/understand, so didn't hold up much hope for it teaching me anything. It is for absolute beginners and you really do need the whole collection (audio/activity/support book) to make the most, so it is not by any means a stand alone resource. I wish this had been made clear before I bought it. I ended up sending it back. I would recommend many more books before this one.
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This is the course book for my German evening class (beginners term 1) and we were also told to get the activity book.
However about two weeks in the teacher announced that she doesn't like the book and asked us to buy secondhand copies of the book she used to use (Let's Talk German by Peter Sutton- now out of print) instead.
We have since combined both books, but focusing mainly on Let's Talk German.
The teacher does not like the way things are introduced and says that we might revert back to Willkommen when we know more.
From this I conclude that if you are a complete beginner this book is not the best one to start with.
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