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Basic German

A Grammar and Workbook, 2nd Edition

By Heiner Schenke, Anna Miell, Karen Seago


214 pages

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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

About the Authors

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

Anna Miell is Lecturerin 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.

About the Series

Grammar Workbooks

These titles combine explanation with exercise work. The Basic Grammar Workbooks are for learners starting at elementary level. Intermediate Grammar Workbooks follow on from these and are for learners who have achieved basic proficiency and wish to progress to more complex language. Each combines clear, concise grammar explanations with communicatively oriented exercises to help build confidence and fluency.
Suitable for independent learners and students on taught courses, the Basic and Intermediate volumes together form a structured course of the essentials of each language's grammar.

All Grammar Workbooks are available as inspection copies.

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