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German Essentials For Dummies

Wendy Foster, Paulina Christensen, Anne Fox

ISBN: 978-1-118-24038-0 April 2012 192 Pages


The core concepts you need to write and speak German

Learning a new language is a fun and challenging feat for students at every level. Perfect for those just starting out or returning to German after some time away, German Essentials For Dummies focuses on core concepts taught (and tested on!) in a typical introductory German course. From adjectives and adverbs to understanding tenses and asking questions, you'll skip the suffering and score high marks at exam time with the help of German Essentials For Dummies.

Designed for students (and parents) who want the key concepts and a few examples—without the review, ramp-up, and anecdotal content—German Essentials For Dummies is a perfect solution for exam-cramming, homework help, and reference.

  • Focuses on everything from grammar, vocabulary, and pronunciations to verb forms and tenses
  • Perfect for a refresher or a quick reference
  • Aids you in writing assignments, tests, and conversational German

If you have some knowledge of German and want to polish your skills, German Essentials For Dummies focuses on just the core concepts you need to communicate effectively.

Introduction 1

Chapter 1: Laying the Foundations of German 5

Chapter 2: Grasping Gender and Case 23

Chapter 3: Handling the Present 37

Chapter 4: Modifying with Modal Auxiliary Verbs 55

Chapter 5: Describing and Connecting Your Thoughts 69

Chapter 6: Asking and Answering Questions 93

Chapter 7: Stepping Back in the Past 109

Chapter 8: Focusing on the Future 125

Chapter 9: Understanding Verb Moods 135

Chapter 10: Ten Important Verb Distinctions 149

Appendix: Verb Charts 155

Index 169