The Complete Idiots Guide to Learning German on Your Own

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Unformatted text preview: P age i Learning German on Your Own by Alice Müller and Stephan Müller A Division of Macmillan General Reference A Simon & Schuster Macmillan Company 1633 Broadway, New York, NY 10019 P age aa LIEBE FREUNDE P age ab THE COMPLETE IDIOT'S REFERENCE CARD OF INDISPENSABLE PHRASES P age ii Copyright © 1997 Amaranth All rights reserved. No part of this book shall be reproduced, stored in a retrieval system, or transmitted by any means, electronic, mechanical, photocopying, recording, or otherwise, without written permission from the publisher. No patent liability is a ssumed with respect to the use of the information contained herein. Although every precaution has been taken in the preparation of this book, the publisher and authors assume no responsibility for errors or omissions. Neither is any liability assumed for d amages resulting from the use of information contained herein. For information, address Alpha Books, 1633 Broadway, 7th Floor, New York, NY 10019-6785. International Standard Book Number: 0-02-861962-5 Library of Congress Catalog Card Number: 97-073150 99 98 8 7 6 5 4 Interpretation of the printing code: the rightmost number of the first series of numbers is the year of the book's printing; the rightmost number of the second series of numbers is the number of the book's printing. For example, a printing code of 97-1 sho ws that the first printing occurred in 1997. Printed in the United States of America Editor: Nancy Stevenson Acquistions Editor: Gary Krebs Cartoonist: Judd Winick Cover Designer: Michael Freeland Designer: Glenn Larsen Production Team: Tricia Flodder, Rowena Rappaport, Christy Wagner Indexer: Nadia Ibrahim P age iii CONTENTS AT A GLANCE Part 1: The Very Basics 1 1 Why You Should Study German Learn that there are plenty of reasons why German is the language for you. 3 2 Hitting the Books See how German is particularly useful for those involved in academia. 9 3 Pronounce It Properly: Vowels Learn to make the vowel sounds you will need to pronounce German words properly. 15 4 Pronounce It Properly: Consonants Learn to make the right consonant sounds in German. 25 5 You Know More Than You Think Believe it or not, you already speak more German than you think, thanks to cognates. 35 6 Are Idiomatic Expressions for Idiots? A basic knowledge of common idioms will help you to express yourself effectively. 45 7 The Joy of Gender All German nouns are either masculine, feminine, or neuter. 57 8 The Cas e of the Declining Noun There are four cases in German: nominative, accusative, dative, and genitive. 69 9 Click Your Heels Together and Say: There's No Place Like Deutschland Conjugating weak and strong verbs is relatively simple, once you know what you'r e doing....
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