Teach Yourself Basic German
Paxton (Norman)
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BOOK ABSTRACT:

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  1. This book comprises 27 lessons which aim to equip the reader with an essential core of those words most frequently occurring in colloquial German. The vocabulary is introduced in a steady and gradual sequence, and systematically practised in a planned series of exercises.
  2. Each of the lessons includes four exercises, of which three rehearse the grammatical and vocabulary content of the lesson, while the fourth gives a text for translation in continuous prose. Answers to all exercises are given in the Key to the Exercises.
  3. Also included are a guide to German pronunciation and a substantial German-English vocabulary.

Introduction
  1. This is a book for readers wanting an informal approach to the acquisition of a modest level of competence in German. It aims to equip the learner with a basic command of the essential core of everyday language use. The vocabulary presented and rehearsed has been restricted to the words most frequently occurring in colloquial German (some 750 of the 1000 commonest words). These are introduced in a steady and gradual sequence, and systematically practised in a planned series of exercises. The presentation of the necessary grammatical foundation is made so far as is possible without recourse to specialised grammatical terminology.
  2. It is strictly a book for beginners, and does not require the learner to perform more than the simplest level of language skills. Each lesson includes four exercises, of which three rehearse the grammar and vocabulary content of the lesson, while the fourth, under the rubric ‘Now test yourself!’, gives a text for translation in continuous German prose, building up from thirty to 150 words and deliberately including a handful of words (increasing gradually from two to eight) which need to be guessed. The answers to all the exercises are given in the ‘Key to the Exercises’. Here a certain amount of common sense is called for: the version given is rarely the only acceptable one, and judgement must be applied.
  3. It is hoped that the relaxed approach of this unpretentious book will persuade its readers that language learning can be fun, and that German is perhaps not such a difficult language as its stereotyped image would have us believe. The author’s most fervent hope is that his readers will go on to other German books.

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