German For Dummies

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John Wiley & Sons, Apr 24, 2000 - Foreign Language Study - 384 pages
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You'll find German spoken all over the world – German tourists are famously intrepid – and especially across much of Europe, including (besides Germany, of course) Austria, Switzerland, northern Italy, the Czech Republic, and several other countries. Whether you're taking a trip to Germany or just want to surprise your German neighbor with a “hi-how-are-you,” learning this language will help you see the world and yourself from an entirely different perspective.

German For Dummies uses the renowned Berlitz approach to get you up and running with the language – and having fun too! Designed for the total beginner, this guide – with dialogue and pronunciation audio CD included – will introduce you to basic grammar, then speedily have you talking about:

  • Dining out
  • Shopping
  • The office
  • Planning a trip
  • Recreation
  • Partying
  • Trains, planes, and automobiles

In addition to the audio conversations, fun and games sections ease your way into German fluency, while phonetic spellings following expressions and vocabulary improve your pronunciation, and helpful boxes and sidebars cover cultural quirks and factoids. And, in trademark For Dummies fashion, you'll go beyond expressions for checking train schedules or buying potatoes to learn:

  • Things never to say in German
  • Ways to pick up German quickly
  • Phrases that make you sound German
  • Holidays to remember
  • Emailing and Internet vocabulary
  • German TV and movie vocabulary
  • How to browse and window-shop in Germany with style

Whether you're just looking for a greeting besides “Guten tag,” or you want to host a foreign exchange student, or want to become one yourself, German For Dummies gives you what you need to learn the language – as much as you like, as fast as you like. Gehen wir! (gehn veer) (Let's get going!)

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Contents

Introduction
1
Appendixes 303
4
You Already Know a Little German
9
The Nitty Gritty Basic German Grammar
25
Guten Tag Hallo Greetings and Introductions
43
Guten Tag Hallo Greetings and Introductions
45
German in Action
63
Guten Appetit Dining Out and Going to the Market
81
Staying at a Hotel
215
Getting Around Planes Trains Taxis and Buses
231
Planning a Trip
251
Handling Emergencies
265
The Part of Tens
281
The Part of Tens
284
Ten Things Never to Say
287
Ten Holidays to Remember
295

Shopping Made Easy
105
Going Out on the Town
119
Recreation and the Outdoors
143
Talking on the Phone and Sending Mail
159
Talking on the Phone and Sending Mail
161
German on the Go
185
Asking for Directions
197
Ten Phrases That Make You Sound German
299
Appendixes
303
Verb Tables
305
Mini Dictionary
317
About the CD 333
Index 337
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About the author (2000)

Berlitz(r) has taught languages to millions of people for over 120 years. Paulina Christensen, Ph.D., and Anne Fox are veteran language teachers and Berlitz(r) authors. Updated to the latest German spelling and usage standards by our German publishing partner, MITP-Verlag.

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