German Conversation Demystified with Two Audio CDs

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December 23, 2009


Mixed media product, 256 pages


0071627227 / 9780071627221


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Chat like a native German speaker

Want to hold conversations in German but can't get past Wie heisst du? Kein problem! With German Conversation Demystified, you'll develop your skills so quickly you'll sound like you were born in Berlin or spent your childhood in Cologne.

Beginning with common German phrases you already know, this book covers key topics such as going out on the town, talking on the phone, asking for directions, and going shopping. You'll build your German conversation skills step-by-step, and--in no time--you'll learn how to talk about the past and future, express opinions, use superlatives, talk about the weather, and much more. To help you on your way, the accompanying audio CDs feature two-and-a-half hours of conversations performed by native speakers, interactive practice exercises, and quizzes.

This fast and easy guide features:

  • In-depth dialogues in both the book and on the audio
  • Audio practice exercises that get you speaking right away
  • Step-by-step guidance through the fundamentals of communicating in German
  • Coverage of essential communication skills such as asking a question or making comparisons
  • Quizzes at the end of each chapter that reinforce new communication skills

When you're ready to graduate from asking simple questions to having full discourse with German-speakers, German Conversation Demystified is your shortcut to mastering this popular language.

Table of contents

Ch 1: Pronunciation (basics, pronunciation) Ch 2: People and Things (greetings, "who is", and "what is") Ch 3: Asking Questions (describing people/nationalities) Ch 4: Making Plans (talking on the phone) Ch 5: Happy Birthday(numbers, dates) Ch 6: Sick and Tired (Future tense, accusative case) Ch 7: In a Restaurant(food and drink) Ch 8: Going Shopping (telling time, colors, possession) Ch 9: Traveling by Train (imperatives, using "should have") Ch 10: Trip to the Beach (weather, superlatives) Ch 11: Rich and Poor (possessives, the Euro) Ch 12: Car Trouble (prepositions) Ch 13: Time for Fun (past tense, contractions) Ch 14: Home Life (rooms, reflexives) Ch 15: Staying Informed (inanimate pronouns)

Author comments

Ed Swick taught German for 30 years. He is the author of several books on German and ESL such as Practice Makes Perfect: German Pronouns and Prepositions and German Demystified (McGraw-Hill).

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