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German All-In-One for Dummies [With CD (Audio)]


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Introduction 1 Book I: Getting Started with German 7 Chapter 1: Warming Up to German Basics 9 Chapter 2: Handling Numbers, Times, Dates, and Measurements 31 Chapter 3: Meeting and Greeting: Guten Tag! 53 Chapter 4: Talking about Home, Family, Friends, and Daily Life 77 Chapter 5: Talking Telecommunications, Business, and Current Events 97 Chapter 6: Shopping Simplified 119 Chapter 7: Dining Out and Buying Food: Guten Appetit! 137 Book II: Speaking German on the Go 165 Chapter 1: Locating Places 167 Chapter 2: Going Out on the Town 185 Chapter 3: Planning a Pleasure Trip: Gute Reise! 203 Chapter 4: Finding a Place to Stay: Gute Nacht! 227 Chapter 5: Getting Around 243 Chapter 6: Handling Emergencies: Hilfe! 263 Book III: Assembling the Grammatical Foundations for Communication 281 Chapter 1: Laying Out the Basics to Build Sentences 283 Chapter 2: Sorting Out Word Gender and Case 307 Chapter 3: Dealing with the Here and Now: The Present Tense 331 Chapter 4: Asking and Answering Questions 353 Chapter 5: Describing and Comparing with Adjectives and Adverbs 379 Chapter 6: Modifying Verbs with Helpers: The Modal Auxiliaries 411 Chapter 7: Instructing and Commanding: The Imperative Mood 429 Chapter 8: Sorting Out Separable- and Inseparable-Prefix Verbs 445 Book IV: Building Detail and Precision in Your Communication 463 Chapter 1: Tying Ideas Together with Conjunctions and Relative Pronouns 465 Chapter 2: Specifying Relationships with Prepositions 479 Chapter 3: Using Reflexives and Other Verb Combinations 493 Chapter 4: Conversing about the Past: The Present Perfect and Past Perfect 507 Chapter 5: Narrating the (Simple) Past: Fact and Fiction 525 Chapter 6: Looking to the Future (And Avoiding It) 537 Chapter 7: Describing Your Mood: Summing Up the Subjunctive 549 Book V: The Appendixes 563 Appendix A: Verb Tables and Case Charts 565 Appendix B: German-English Mini-Dictionary 587 Appendix C: English-German Mini-Dictionary 599 Appendix D: Fun & Games 611 Appendix E: About the CD 655 Index 659

About the Author

Wendy Foster teaches Business English, German, French, and intercultural communication skills. She also does editing for online German education programs. Wendy received her degree in German studies at the Sprachen-und-Dolmetscher-Institut in Munich and later her MA in French at Middlebury College in Paris. Paulina Christensen has been working as a writer, editor, and translator for more than 10 years. She has developed, written, and edited numerous German-language textbooks and teachers' handbooks for Berlitz International. Dr. Christensen recieved her MA and PhD from Dusseldorf University, Germany. Anne Fox has been working as a translator, editor, and writer for more than 12 years. She studied at Interpreter's School, Zurich, Switzerland, and holds a degree in translation. Most recently she has been developing, writing, and editing student textbooks and teacher handbooks for Berlitz.

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