Graf von Anderson’s College German Grammar and Culture is a beginners’ textbook (CEFR A1-B2, ACTFL novice low – intermediate low) for the German language for college students and for those engaged in self-study with popular software programs and apps.
In addition to illuminating profiles of key places and individuals who helped shape German history from Roman times to the present day, the textbook also includes important cultural briefings. Chapter by chapter the book delineates the scope of the German language, beginning with “ich”, and moving on to subjects and verbs. Later chapters introduce cases, indirect and direct objects, prepositions, tenses, moods, and adjectives. Each chapter includes challenging exercises, and an answer key is provided. The rich cultural component in each chapter includes a travel guide, a historical snapshot, several musical selections, and a German text to read.
This book is a straightforward and thorough introduction to the basic structures of German grammar and provides an overview of selected highlights of German culture to engage and enthuse.
Table of Contents
Chapter 1. Basic Structures of Reality
Chapter 2. Simple Sentences: Subjects and Verbs
Chapter 3. Der- and Ein-Words and Three Cases: Nominative, Accusative, and Dative
Chapter 4: Prepositional Phrases
Chapter 5: Modal Verbs, Tenses, and Passive Voices
Chapter 6: Clauses, Conjunctions, Relative Pronouns, Konjunktiv II, and Plusquamperfekt
Chapter 7: Adverbs, Adjectives, and Extended Adjectives
Appendix I. Further Reading
Appendix II. Executive Summary
Appendix III. Answer Key
Christian Anderson is Assistant Professor of German at Cal Poly in San Luis Obispo, where he coordinates the German program. Professor Anderson engages in a broad program of phenomenological research focused primarily on cultural production in German-speaking Europe.