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2nd Edition

Basic German
A Grammar and Workbook

ISBN 9781138788268
Published March 3, 2016 by Routledge
222 Pages

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Book Description

Basic German: A Grammar and Workbook comprises an accessible reference grammar and related exercises in a single volume.

The book introduces German people and culture through the medium of the language used today, covering the core material which students would expect to encounter in their first years of learning German.

Each of the 29 units presents one or more related grammar topics, illustrated by examples which serve as models for the exercises that follow. These wide-ranging and varied exercises enable the student to master each grammar point thoroughly.

Features include:

• Clear grammatical explanations with examples in both English and German

• Authentic language samples from a range of media

• Checklists at the end of each unit to reinforce key points

• Cross-referencing to other grammar chapters

• Full exercise answer key

• ‘Did you know?’ sections with extra learning tips on specific grammar points and insights into current usage of German

• Glossary of grammatical terms

The new edition has been thoroughly revised, including more varied exercises for practice, and grammar points have been reformulated to use a more learner-centred approach.

Suitable for independent study and for class use, Basic German: A Grammar and Workbook is the ideal reference and practice book for beginners, as well as for students with some knowledge of the language.


Table of Contents

1 What’s different in German? Basic tips and patterns  2 Verbs in the present tense  3 Verb variations and irregular verbs  4 Irregular verbs: haben and sein  5 Separable verbs in the present tense  6 Imperatives  7 Questions  8 Articles  9 Nouns and gender  10 Plural of nouns  11 The four cases  12 The nominative case  13 The accusative case  14 The dative case  15 The genitive case  16 Personal pronouns  17 Possessive adjectives  18 Reflexive verbs  19 Negatives  20 Comparison of adjectives and adverbs  21 Modal verbs  22 The present perfect tense  23 The simple past tense  24 The future tense  25 Prepositions  26 Adjective endings  27 Numbers and dates  28 Conjunctions and clauses  29 Word order

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Heiner Schenke is Principal Lecturer in German at the University of Westminster.

Anna Miell is Lecturer in German at the University of Westminster and Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance, London.

Karen Seago is Course Leader for Applied Translation at the London Metropolitan University.