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Complete German with Two Audio CDs: A Teach Yourself Guide Paperback – Mar 19 2010

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 496 pages
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill; 5 edition (March 19 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0071663827
  • ISBN-13: 978-0071663823
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 4.3 x 22.9 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 907 g
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #707,207 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author

Paul Coggle is an experienced university teacher of German, who has taught courses from beginners to postgraduate level. He was a pioneer in the development and use of multimedia language learning materials at the University of Kent, and has acted as a Language Consultant for the BBC and the University of Cambridge Language Centre. He is series editor for the Teach Yourself language courses.
Heiner Schenke was born in Hannover and is a native speaker of German. He has taught German at university level for many years and is currently teaching at the University of Westminster.

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Amazon.com: HASH(0xa162d9b0) out of 5 stars 12 reviews
9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa0f83204) out of 5 stars Good looks but scope for improvement Dec 22 2010
By LangTeacher - Published on Amazon.com
Glossy paper and colourful print leave an excellent first impression. Another plus for many learners is the emphasis on practical situations. But there is scope for improvement, mainly at the bottom and top end. For a beginner, the basic stages may be a bit dense. It's more for someone coming back to the language after a break. The claims made as to the level reached also need revising. The course doesn't take the learner to the promised level of competence.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa0f8360c) out of 5 stars Very good course May 30 2013
By A christian - Published on Amazon.com
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The new Teach Yourself language books are coming now with better quality paper and color illustrations (German is one example). Despite the fact that their traditional method was already very good, it seems to have improved even more with this German language course. Instead of giving vocabulary in small chunks, it now gives new words piecemeal, almost one by one, as even the titles of the activities introduce new words as you go through the course. Although most words are explained, some are not, whose meaning can usually be inferred from the rest of the context. I like to study this course with an online dictionary available, so I can write down every new word I learn in case it's not explicitly explained.
Exceptionally, while most Teach Yourself language books have 20 chapters, this one has 23, as German is a slightly more difficult language and the topics are introduced really gradually. Even after finishing all the 23 chapters, you won't have learned a lot of german (even the future tense is not covered), but you'll surely learn enough to get you by during a trip, for example. Sometimes I wish the content (grammar points) were not introduced so slowly, and a little bit more content were introduced, like the future tense for example, but I'm not sure it would do good.
Also for the sake of simplicity some topics are introduced as they come up, eg, the fact that adjectives in german are declined differently with the definite and indefinite article. Since concepts come so gradually, sometimes you cannot easily look in retrospect and have a full view of the grammar taught, and thus feel entirely confident, but this is a minor complaint.
In the case of the German language in particular, and a few other languages, the Teach Yourself series also offers an 'Improve your German' course, which can take you further in the language(s).
This course taught me German well from scratch, and gave me confidence to speak it correctly. I really recommend it.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa0f83a38) out of 5 stars Dieses Buch ist enfach toll! Dec 15 2012
By Andrew Miller - Published on Amazon.com
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This is easily the best book I've found to help bring-together my German studies. I've been learning the language on my own over the last year or two, and this really, really helps. Are you confused about when to use which adjective ending? This book easily answers your questions. Do you still have a hard time trying to identify when you should use the proper case? This book, once again, easily shows you correct placement.

If I had not already completed "German Made Simple," this book may not have been enough to teach me the language, but my German wife has been absolutely amazed by how quickly my speech has progressed once I've started this book. Not only that, I can complete an entire chapter in about 15 minutes, and have had at least 2-3 "a-ha!" moments every time I use their system to study.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa0f83a50) out of 5 stars Great Book Oct. 28 2011
By GBU - Published on Amazon.com
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I really enjoyed the book, it really remembers me my English classes where we used to listen to the recorder and try to understand what they were saying to later associate the informantion that we listened to what is asked in the book.
The big difference is that i'm learning German without need to go to one school.
10 of 14 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa0f83a74) out of 5 stars Huge Help Oct. 19 2010
By T. Krause - Published on Amazon.com
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I bought this book after buying the two hundred and fifty dollar text book for my class. I have found that This book is much more helpful then our actual textbook. The way it is set up is great, also if you use the cd's it is wonderful. It is set up that you can learn a little something in tiny time periods down to a minute! I firmly recommend this book.