German Quickly: A Grammar for Reading German

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Peter Lang, 2004 - Foreign Language Study - 432 pages
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"German Quickly: A Grammar for Reading German is a thorough, straightforward textbook with a sense of fun. It teaches the fundamentals for reading German literary and scholarly texts of all levels of difficulty. It can be used as an introductory text for scholars with no background in German, or it can serve as a reference text for students wishing to review German. The grammar explanations are detailed and clear, addressing common problems students encounter while learning to read German. This book includes thought-provoking and entertaining reading selections consisting mainly of aphorisms and proverbs. There are also twelve appendices, including a summary of German grammar, descriptions of German dictionaries, a partial answer key, strategies for learning German, and a humanities vocabulary section of about 3,800 words.
  

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Review: German Quickly: A Grammar for Reading German

User Review  - Ctg7w6 - Goodreads

This is a pretty good book for a graduate student looking to pass a reading exam. The vocabulary is particularly good for those studying the humanities. I've had two years of college German prior to ... Read full review

Review: German Quickly: A Grammar for Reading German

User Review  - Tyler Stewart - Goodreads

Prior to using Wilson's textbook I had never taken a German course in my life. However, I had already learned other inflected languages which made it much easier to pick up German without an ... Read full review

Contents

The Case Endings
3
The Case Endings
21
Adjectives and Adverbs
29
Prepositions
37
Prepositions
46
Basic Verb Placement Part I
57
The Pronouns
64
The Various Uses of Es
79
The Passive
204
Constructions to Be Translated Passively in English
213
Subjunctive II
223
Other Subjunctive Forms
230
If a Sentence Starts with a Verb
236
Use of Commas
245
Strategies for Reading German Suggested Syllabus
261
Important Words
267

Comparison and Superlative of Adjectives and Adverbs
87
Daand WoCompounds
94
Verb Prefixes
100
Verb Tenses Part I
106
Verb Tenses Part II
117
The Plurals
125
Common Suffixes
137
The Zu Construction
148
Coordinating Conjunctions
155
Basic Verb Placement Part II
159
Dependent Clauses Part I
165
Dependent Clauses Part IISubordinating Conjunctions
172
The Reflexive
185
English Grammar Necessary for Learning German
275
Summary of German Grammar
285
Patterns for StrongHard Verbs
297
Days of the Week the Months and Numbers
307
Descriptions of German Dictionaries
313
Partial Answer Key
319
Weak Nouns and Adjectives Used as Nouns 73
328
The Overloaded Adjective Construction 194
342
General and Humanities Vocabulary
353
German Proper Names
423
INDEX
429
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About the author (2004)

The Author: April Wilson has been offering German reading courses to graduate students in the University of Chicago community since 1972. She learned German as a high school exchange student to Berlin. She continued her studies at Barnard College, where she received her B.A., and the University of California, Irvine for an M.A. Ms. Wilson also received an M.A. in religion and literature from the University of Chicago Divinity School. Her courses have an excellent reputation for providing students with the essentials of German grammar, quickly.

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