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Intermediate German For Dummies

ISBN: 978-0-470-22624-7
336 pages
March 2008
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Need to brush up on your German? Intermediate German For Dummies is your key to success in becoming confident in both written and spoken German. It gives you the straight talk and nitty-gritty detail that will see you successfully through any major or minor roadblocks to communicating in German.

This friendly, hands-on workbook is loaded with practical examples and useful exercises so you can practice how native speakers use the language. From vocabulary and numbers to juggling tenses, you’ll get a clear understanding of the nuances of German style and usage that will have you writing and speaking in no time. Plus, you’ll find multiple charts that provide conjugations for all types of German verbs. You’ll get up to speed with German grammar, master essential differences between German and English language usage, and be able to communicate effectively when traveling or conducting business. Discover how to:

  • Use fundamental German grammar, from nouns, adjectives, and adverbs to pronouns, prepositions, and conjunctions
  • Select and conjugate German verbs correctly
  • Understand the importance of grammatical gender in German
  • Avoid the most common writing mistakes
  • Use numbers and express dates and times
  • Name countries and nationalities in German
  • Expand your German vocabulary exponentially
  • Get comfortable with the subjunctive
  • Combine verbs with confidence and competence

If you’re heading to any German-speaking country, sharpen your German-language skills the fun and easy way with Intermediate German For Dummies.

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Table of Contents


Part I: The Basic Building Blocks of German.

Chapter 1: Assembling the Basic Tools for German Sentences.

Chapter 2: Sorting Out Word Gender and Case.

Chapter 3: Laying the Foundations of German.

Chapter 4: Building Your Word Power.

Part II: Getting Started Now: Writing in the Present.

Chapter 5: Grasping the Present Tense.

Chapter 6: Are You Asking or Telling Me? Questions and Commands.

Chapter 7: Answering Intelligently with Yes, No, and Maybe.

Chapter 8: Describing Your Mood: Summing Up the Subjunctive.

Chapter 9: In the Mood: Combining Verbs with Modal Auxiliaries.

Chapter 10: Sorting Out Separable- and Inseparable- Prefix Verbs.

Part III: Fine Tuning Your Writing with Flair.

Chapter 11: Sounding More Like a Native with Verb Combinations.

Chapter 12: Adding Adjectives for Description.

Chapter 13: Comparing with Adjectives and Adverbs.

Chapter 14: Connecting with Conjunctions.

Chapter 15: Your Preposition Primer.

Part IV: Looking Back and Ahead: Writing in the Past and the Future.

Chapter 16: Conversing about the Past: Perfecting the Present Perfect.

Chapter 17: Narrating the (Simple) Past: Fact and Fiction.

Chapter 18: Looking to the Future (and Avoiding It).

Part V: The Part of Tens.

Chapter 19: Ten Tips for Optimizing Your German.

Chapter 20: Ten Pitfalls to Avoid in German.

Part VI: Appendixes.

Appendix A: Verb Charts.

Appendix B: Case Charts.

Appendix C: English-German Dictionary.

Appendix D: German-English Dictionary.


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Author Information

Wendy Foster was born in Connecticut and grew up in Scituate, Massachusetts. While studying in France, she traveled around Europe, and became curious about the German language and culture. After graduating with a teaching certificate and a degree in French, she decided to return to Europe to study German. Her love of the Alps inspired her to live in Munich, where she spent 30 years. During that time, she studied German, completed her MA in French at Middlebury College in Paris, and later learned Spanish in Spain. Her professional experience includes teaching Business English, German, French, and intercultural communication skills, as well as writing and translating. She recently returned to her New England roots, where she works from her home overlooking a spectacular salt marsh that constantly beckons her to go kayaking, walking, bird watching, and swimming.
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