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GERMAN in 10 minutes a day [Paperback]

Kristine K. Kershul
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)

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May 1 1998 10 Minutes a Day Series
GERMAN in 10 minutes a day provides a practical, fun approach to learning this fascinating language. The proven method of success requires spending at least 10 minutes a day to reach obtainable goals. The step-by-step lessons begin with the basics and lead to conversational German. The book is a complete language-learning kit, with specially designed components such as puzzles, flash cards and sticky labels to place on objects at home or around the office.

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Since 1981, Bilingual Books, Inc. (Seattle) has sold millions of copies of its highly acclaimed products. The first title published was German in 10 Minutes a Day; now the company is the leader in foreign language publishing, with more than 40 titles in 20 languages. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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1.0 out of 5 stars Useless Sept. 22 2001
By Lena
Format:Paperback
This summer, I spent seven weeks in Germany and took this book with me to learn as I go. Big mistake. I spent most of my time in the company of German-speaking friends who all seemed to think the book was horrible. After doing a few exercises myself, I came to agree. One of the hardest things to remember in German is article use and it is possibly the worst explained page in the book, since I didn't finish it, I don't know. For vocabulary, I suppose it's tough to beat with pictures, stickers, cut-outs, etc. But if you want to put a sentence together, find something else! No one beats NTC for language learning. I was originally going to buy "Conversational German in 7 Days", which is an excellent simple starter, with tapes, but I couldn't order it in time. (I tested it at the library first.) Stick to NTC, their "Ultimate French Review" and English writing books are perfect.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Timeless Dec 6 2002
Format:Paperback
I first used German in 10 Minutes a Day in a 1985 edition, and have had several updates since. It is by far the most useful and easy to understand of any beginning language book available. I have at least seven other books and several tape programs, including computer software - I've been to Germany and Austria 13 times - I now speak more than adequate Deutsch - and I still refer to this book to brush up on various items each time I head for Europe. It is simple enough for any child old enough to read, yet interesting enough for adults, and fun for all. It's only drawback is in actually hearing the pronunciation, and any tape program can provide that. (You won't get it perfect anyway!) I highly recommend it for any beginner.
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By A Customer
Format:Paperback
I have several of the 10 Minutes a Day language learning titles and think they're all wonderful. Now Bilingual Books also has a "book" called a Language Map. The laminated, condensed travelers' guide (stashed in your purse) gives you the confidence to use your newly acquired language skills, knowing that the phrases you'll need most often are right there, in case you've forgotten any. Truly excellent books.
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4.0 out of 5 stars great starter! July 8 2001
Format:Paperback
This book is great for starting out in your language learning. I use other language cassetes as well, but this helps me by presenting small amounts of information, and also giving me a visual aid. You may feel stupid and your friends might laugh at it, but put the stickers up around your house....then walk around saying: "Wo ist das Sofa? Dort ist das Sofa!" It really does help. It is also helpful that this is a very thin book, easy to throw in your bag when you are traveling and work on it. I take it on business trips and flip through and do a little bit every day. Also helpful is that this book has excercises, questions, and crosswords to keep you thinking so that you aren't just parroting it back. I definitely recommend this book if you are just starting to learn, need a small refresher or need some basics to survive for a trip. Includes tear out flash cards, stickers to label objects, and a carry along translation card for dining out experiences.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A terrific place to start! Oct. 8 2003
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
This is a wonderful book if you have little or no knowledge of German and want to get your feet wet. This book explores all of the basics to get someone well on their way to understanding German. However, this book will not teach you in-depth knowledge of German; it will only provide you with a good beginning.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Gut Buch Feb. 8 1999
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
This is a great way to start learning German. It really has all a tourist needs to know for a short trip. The book also is a good springboard into more advanced German-learning books. Plus it is a fun book and can be used by children as well as adults. Highlights are that it gets you right into speaking German without getting hung up on technicalities. It focuses on the most important words, phrases and grammar for a trip to Germany. The book also has stickers with German words to place on objects all over your house. There are also flashcards, a pull-out menu translation (very necessary in Germany), and another pull-out with essential words.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Don't Stop Buying This Book! Dec 13 2000
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
I have not found a better introduction to a language! I was having difficulty in classes and stopped going. I just didn't get it. After buying this book, WOW! What a difference! I can now understand some German, can read some German and I can speak simple sentences. I never could get that far before with any other method. Studying 10 minutes a day as outlined in this book really works. Just wanted to update the opnions because none have been written in 2000. It is a shame if you overlook this great value and learning tool. You will need to find someone to help you with pronouncing the words, although the key is about right.
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5.0 out of 5 stars German in 10 Minutes a Day June 30 2001
Format:Paperback
I'm an American English teacher traveling through Europe. I spoke no German before leaving the states and bought this book to learn the basics. It definately helped! I believe in "easy" learning, and the information in this book -- as well as its layout and illustrations -- made learning simple. Plus, it contains stickers bearing the names of common household objects. Placing the stickers all around my house was a painless way to learn vocabulary. Use the book along with other books or tapes if you want. It helped me survive my first months in Germany!
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