German Language

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"Great book- but be careful of kindle version" - by Ashley
I really like this book. It's easy to use and understand. But if you buy the kindle version, be aware that it doesn't come with the audio CD. I thought I would be able to download the audio CD when I bought the Kindle version, but that isn't an option. The Kindle version is for the book only.
"Grouped by topic, easy to carry" - by SCM (Portlandia)
These flash cards are grouped by topic (e.g., bank/money, animals, sports/entertainment, school, travel/directions), which is convenient when you're studying a specific topic. Other than a section of "useful adjectives," if you want to study particular parts of speech, you have to separate them out. Not a big inconvenience, though. I would have liked the verbs to indicate if they're strong/weak, irregular, and so on, but the reverse of the glossy side of the card is suitable to write that information on.
"Not Dummies!" - by Janet Hallmark
Great resource! Duolingo and other sites are fun, but to really learn a language, one needs to learn grammar and syntax too! This is a tremendous aid!
"Ready to practice conversation!" - by Kindle Customer
I am a native English (American) speaker with very little background knowledge of the German language, so I really appreciated that this book was simple enough for me to follow, but challenging enough to grow me and really give me a good grammatical foundation, as well as a nice list of phrases. I would highly recommend this for the beginner or someone trying to review their out-of-practice German skills. I found that, after going through this book, which is only intended for beginners, I felt ready to try conversation with a native German speaker in practice, which is something I would normally not do after just a beginning level language book. Very good!
"Grouped by topic, easy to carry" - by SCM (Portlandia)
These flash cards are grouped by topic (e.g., bank/money, animals, sports/entertainment, school, travel/directions), which is convenient when you're studying a specific topic. Other than a section of "useful adjectives," if you want to study particular parts of speech, you have to separate them out. Not a big inconvenience, though. I would have liked the verbs to indicate if they're strong/weak, irregular, and so on, but the reverse of the glossy side of the card is suitable to write that information on.
"Learning German" - by Michele Funke (Georgia, USA)
This was an informative book on the German language. It was a great review book as I had forgotten quite a bit of my German from time that I've spent in Germany. The author explains a lot about the German language then proceeds to attempt to teach you (the reader) enough German to help you communicate during a visit to Germany. You won't learn enough to be fluent or to even pronounce the words correctly but you will learn enough to help you get by. I like how he included exercises for you (the reader) to do during each section of the book. I recommend this book to anyone learning German who would like a reference book to supplement what they're already learning.
"Good System" - by John (Lampasas, TX, United States)
My last German language experience was the three years I took in high school back in 1969. The German language has always fascinated me and lately my wife and I have discussed taking a trip to Germany and I looked around until I found this course to help me brush up on the language.

The technique works. I was amazed at how fast what I had learned 38 years ago came back to me. Even had I not remembered any German, the lessons would still have been easy to learn. However, some lessons you will probably have to listen to a couple of times to be sure you master at least 80% of the lesson.

This particular short course is good for one reason and that is to see if you want to learn the German language, never having studied it before. Its an inexpensive way to "get your feet wet". However, ... full review
"Finally got a chance to take a look at this ..." - by Tanner Stuart (Marshfield, MO USA)
Finally got a chance to take a look at this book. Helps a lot when used with language learning software!
"Learned more in Chapter 1 than in the last year!" - by Heather Tooill
I have been following Benny Lewis for the last year. I have ready his book Fluent in 3 months and was super excited when he gave me the opportunity to be part of his pre-pub group for his new book on learning German.

This book takes a unique approach to learning a new language. It challenges you to start speaking day one. Say What?! That was my first reaction. But as I read through the philosophy of why we do this and the idea of changing our standard of being "fluent" I got more and more excited to start talking. The book focuses on real life examples and situations. I felt that I learned more German in my first chapter than I have in the last year using websites and applications on my phone. Benny gives lots of explanations, tips/tricks, and grammar help ... full review
"Helpful" - by Kathy T
I was nervous about my trip to Germany and this book was very helpful. I foumd that most people I came across in Germany speak English. But this book helped when it came to the practical things like meals, bathrooms, shopping, hotels.
"A fun way to improve reading proficiency in German" - by Mark from Haifa (Haifa, Israel)
Improving one's reading proficiency in a foreign language can be tedious if it requires looking up words in a dictionary, even online. One solution is a bilingual book, of which there are now some good examples, like Alice in Wonderland with sentences or phrases alternating between German and English. This book takes a different approach, also successful, in my opinion. It contains ten short chapters, each entirely in German. But harder words and phrases are in bold face and are translated at the end of each chapter. The story is entertaining, about a young man from Sicily living in Berlin with three roommates from different countries, and one can usually guess the meaning from context. I found that I absorbed new words without great effort. The level of German reading ability targeted is probably low intermediate.
"Fun way to get the basics" - by Ellen on the Rock (Wisconsin)
I love these "10 minutes a day" language books. They start with basic function words like who, what, when, and pronouns and simple verbs and give you tons of examples of simple sentences using them. Each lesson has enough repetition to get you competent on that material, and then subsequent lessons keep incorporating the words you've already used for additional practice. It's so easy and so much fun that it's hard to stop at just 10 minutes. I kept going until my mind started to get buzzy at first. Probably better to take it in smaller chunks as the book is designed. It's a great introduction to a new language.
"A People's History of the Germanic languages" - by Malleus Maleficarum (India)
As someone who is 6 months into my German learning journey, I must admit I really enjoyed this book. As a person with native fluency in English, learning about German and Germanic languages is like looking into a family tree - I feel almost tempted to say that just as nothing in Biology makes sense except in the light of Evolution, nothing in English makes sense except in the light of German. Ruth Sanders book is a fascinating look at the development of a language - and more importantly - a language family that is one of the most important outgrowths of the Indo-European family tree.
This book is not a technical, linguistic analysis into German vocabulary and grammar - it is more of a broad history of how German and its associated languages and dialects came to be. It starts off with an overview of the development of Proto Germanic ... full review
"Five Stars" - by James H. Gilfillan
Good book at a reasonable price