Designed for those who really want to learn German but are daunted by the prospect of complicated grammar, classes and coursebooks, this course starts right from the beginning and explains everything in simple English. There are hints throughout to make learning easy and you can learn at your own pace with plenty of practice of each new point. It is a friendly introduction to the language which should help you to understand and speak German sufficiently well to function effectively in basic everyday situations, both business and social. The course also offers an insight into German culture. The book consists of 20 graded units introducing you to the basic structures and grammatical points you'll need in everyday situations, such as booking a hotel, shopping, eating and travelling. New language is introduced through short dialogues and text which are also on the accompanying recording and there are plenty of exercises to practise each new point as it is introduced. There is a special section on pronunciation at the beginning of the book to get you started and a revision section at the end of the first ten units so that you can check your progress and review any areas of difficulty.
Unit 11 is a reference unit on German verbs and contains information you will need to help you with the second half of the course. By the end of the course you should be able to communicate in a wide range of real-life situations and have all the practical information you need to enjoy your next trip to Germany. The book (0-340-87010-9) is accompanied by two CDs or cassettes (0-340-87009-5 or 0-340-87008-7) which are available separately or in a pack with the book (0-340-87007-9 or 0-340-87006-0).
Table of Contents
Pronunciation guide; good day; would you like a cup of coffee?; what does it cost?; the alphabet; at reception; in the hotel; telling the time; the street map; how do I get to the post office?; the calendar; German verbs; my family; shopping; when does the train leave?; eating and drinking; the restaurant; free time; motoring in Germany; at the post office; business trip or visit?; key to the exercises and tests; a summary of grammar; English-German vocabulary; German-English vocabulary.
Rosi McNab is the best-selling author of language books in the UK. She started her teaching career in further education then went into secondary school teaching, where she stayed for over twenty years. Frustration with the course books available to her led her to write her own and she has never looked back.