Let's Talk German
Sutton (Peter)
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Back Cover Blurb

  1. This book is intended for learners in an adult environment requiring confident practical achievement in basic German but not necessarily seeking examination qualifications.
  2. In response to requests, English is used1 in this edition for brief grammatical explanations and in the instructions, but there is no translation. The whole book has been carefully revised to take account of recent developments in German society, while traditional strengths are maintained. The addition of a key to selected exercises and a pronunciation guide makes this suitable for self-tuition. A grammar summary and a German-English vocabulary are included.
  3. Recent and imminent changes in the syllabuses of the RSA, graded tests and the Institute of Linguists have been taken into account.
  4. Imaginative adult situations are presented with many illustrations and photographs. A clear grammatical progression is retained, leaving few loose structures which the student must memorise individually. Exercises are designed to enable students to express themselves simply but accurately, to ask and answer questions, and to understand straightforward listening and reading texts.
  5. Cassette recordings are available through bookshops. They contain the texts, some of the exercises and extra live recordings made in Germany to illustrate situations covered in the book.
  6. Peter Sutton MA FIL is Head of Languages at South Greenwich Adult Education Institute.

Introduction To The Revised Edition
  • For whom is this book written?
    1. This course is designed for students of any age who set out to learn German for social, holiday, business and casual purposes in an adult environment.
    2. It satisfies the requirements of adult non-examination classes and of non-specialist courses within further and higher education and commerce.
    3. Although not specifically an examination course, it also covers the bulk of the syllabus for GCSE, for RSA Levels I and II, and for intermediate graded objectives. All of these, with their underlying communicative methodology, have been taken into consideration in the preparation of this edition.
    4. The List of contents shows exactly which grammatical points, linguistic functions and themes are included. Individual learners will find that there is sufficient English explanation in the text for them to follow the course independently, especially if they know a little German, and they will be helped by the key to selected exercises and the accompanying cassette.
  • Notes for learners
    1. This book will give you a solid foundation on which to build, so that you can understand and use language encountered elsewhere. It will also teach you the words and phrases you need for everyday life in a German-speaking country.
    2. But remember that at first you will only be able to say things very simply, and to copy what you have been taught: you may not always be understood if you try to construct a complicated sentence. Do not worry if you make mistakes. Few Germans speak with perfect grammar, and it is more important in German to put words in the right order than to have the correct endings on them.
    3. Listen to the cassette if you have it, without trying to translate everything inside your head, and presently the German words will come to have a meaning of their own. Practise by describing what you do or see each day, even if this means talking to yourself.
    4. Finally, accept that English may have one way of saying something, while German has another, and that neither seems odd once you are used to it.
  • Content of the course
    1. The contents of the book have been tested with adult classes before publication. The aim has been to provide a wide variety of topics and situations, combined with a clearly defined grammatical progression. The exercises challenge students to think about what they are saying and writing, and encourage the active use of language; in the early stages there is great emphasis on students asking questions as well as answering them. The vocabulary of over 2000 words is built up gradually, the meaning of many words being evident from the context.
    2. The chapters do not follow a standard pattern, but are designed to present and practise each point in the most appropriate way. They become progressively longer and weightier. In all, students will probably need an average of 150 hours to cover all the material.
      1. Chapters 1-10 concentrate on eliciting information necessary for brief visits, with very simple grammar.
      2. Chapters 11-20 complete a basic minimum knowledge for holding simple conversations, and include the perfect tense.
      3. Chapters 21-30 add considerably to the range of situations that can be coped with, and to the capacity for grammatically correct expression.
      4. Chapters 31-40 complete the essential grammar of the language, include the imperfect, and introduce the future and würde.
    3. By the end of the book, students should be able to communicate freely and accurately, using and understanding a wide range of expression in social, domestic and commercial use. There are revision exercises after every ten chapters.

In-Page Footnotes ("Sutton (Peter) - Let's Talk German")

Footnote 1:

Hodder & Stoughton, Headway; 2nd Edition, 1987

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