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Willkommen German Beginner's Course: Coursebook 2ED Revised Paperback – 27 Apr 2012
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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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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.
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.
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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Came with the other book and likewise I am using it to brush uo on my GermanPublished 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
The book is well planned to cover all areas of useful language. I have made very good progress using this book with the activity book but the book can be used very well alone... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Amazon Customer
the book was good, but the package does not contain the CD and the audio transcripts which are supposed to be included.Published 6 months ago by Amazon Customer