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1001 Pitfalls in German [Paperback]

Henry Strutz
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Jan. 1 1997 1001 Pitfalls
A valuable reference guide thatpinpoints and corrects errors students are most likely to make when writing or speaking German. Idioms, exceptions to grammatical rules, word order in sentences, regional variations, and potential confusions between Der and Ein words are among the many problem areas that are clearly explained. A highly useful supplement to standard text books, and an indispensable aid for composition and translation.

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After being out of school for quite awhile, you start to forget a lot of things about the constructions of sentences in your own language that you really have to know to begin learning another language. This book quickly refreshes your memory and then dives right into the German language. Just what I needed.
Then come the language pitfalls. I found this book very good in giving you condensed rules of thumb for every topic that a native English speaker tends to have problems with. I particularly like the way that they gave about 5 different examples and their English equivalent to highlight the points they are trying to make.
The book also alerts you easier ways to recognize the meaning of German words to help build your vocabulary. Like German "d" is English "th". Or German b is English "f". So, German "dieb" is English "thief". If I had to say something bad about the book it would be that the books contents are lay! ed out a bit messy, but not enough to get you to toss it in a corner.
Table of contents:
Parts of speech
1 Adjectives and Adverbs
2 Cases, Articles, Der- and Ein- Words
3 Conjunctions
4 Nouns
5 Prepositions
6 Pronouns
7 Verbs
Sentence Structure
8 Word order and Sentence Structure
9 Punctuation and Division into Syllables
Special Aids
10 Numbers, Measurements, Time Expressions
11 Pronunciation
12 Vocabulary Building, Confusions, Regional
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5.0 out of 5 stars A must have! Oct. 5 2000
By DJLA531
A girl down the hall in college had this book, and I found myself borrowing it probably once a day. Finally, she ended up giving it to me. The reason it is so helpful is that it lists the mistakes you are likely to make as a native English speaker learning German and then tells you how to correct them. It goes through all the parts of speech in a very clear and engaging way. It really had me exclaiming "Ah ha!!" at a rate of something like 3 times per page. Great as a supplement for a German course and for someone trying to learn on their own. If you are looking to buy the essentials for learning German, I would recommend this, "Teach yourself German Vocabulary" of the Teach Yourself series, a good dictionary, a verb book, and a good intermediate short story reader. Then you can feel confident enough to move on to primary texts!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Useful and funny at the same time! Feb. 18 2004
I bought this book a few days ago and i really like it. Grammar rules are well explained and there are many funny examples to illustrate those rules, which is very useful. There are also many other things here which can be very useful to people who want to learn any foreign language - paying attention to texts, songs etc in a given language is just one of many pieces of advice you can find here. I'm also really thrilled about small pieces of history of both German and English in this book (where the word "Mittwoch" comes from, for example)as it gives an additional flavor to learning German.
All in all, this isn't a book which you can use as your only resource to master German grammar but it definitely can help you to understand this language and avoid serious mistakes in using it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Great Addition to any German Learner's Library April 24 2004
I've noted that a few of the reviews for this book are doubtful as to whether or not it's sufficient enough to learn German with. I can answer that question: no, it's not. What's more is, it's not supposed to be!
This book is geared towards going over all of the most common mistakes and problems that an English speaker who is learning German will encounter in their studies. All of the questionable points of German grammar, word order, etc., that an English learner will have, is most likely covered in this book.
I generally look over something in this book *every* day, and it's helped me a great deal. Definitely 5 stars from me.
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