Synopses & Reviews
Make more of your German skills
50 Ways to Improve Your German gives you the power to improve your working knowledge of German and eliminate basic speaking and writing errors. Each one of 50 top tips for improving spoken and written German has comprehensive explanations as to where and why you might go wrong. The tips are grouped into grammar, spelling, false friends, pronunciation and cultural faux pas sections. There's even free downloadable audio content available to help you with your pronunciation.
Features: Short, snappy sections focusing on simple tips Accessible, easy-to-follow explanations Free audio download to help with pronunciation
About the Author
Sieglinde Klövekorn-Ward is a native German speaker with extensive experience in teaching and teacher-training. She has worked as a freelance teacher for Surrey University and teaches at the Centre for International Briefing, Farnham.
Table of Contents
How to use this book / Meeting People and making Conversation: / Mein Name ist Churchill – introducing yourself / „Guten Tag, Frau Professor Kuhschwanz” – forms of address / I am fine, thank you and how are you? / I am a millionaire – but not in German! – talking about your job / And where do you come from? / Where are you going? – countries, towns and places within towns / Making your excuses: entschuldigen Sie or entschuldigen Sie mich? / Bitte? Bitte! Different uses / With great pleasure: talking about what you like – the use of gern / Going Out: / Ill have the champagne, please! – how to order food and drinks / And another one, please! / And for breakfast Ill have (the Germans have no appetite for “für”!) / Take the Grizzle Out of Grammar: / All in a whirl... du, Sie, sie, sie! Does it make your head spin? / All about nouns: / The German penchant for compound nouns and their gender / The trouble with males and females (help with genders) / Plurals: why cant I just add an –s? / Plurals: why a pain in the neck multiplies itself in German / All about verbs: / A painless filling: inserting –e in verbs whose stem ends on –d or –t / Watch your endings after ich and du! / Change your partners: when does the verb change its vowel in the 2nd and 3rd person singular? / Go, go, go – gehen or fahren? / Separable verbs: no acrimonious divorce / Use the modal verbs with confidence / Use and meaning of werden / All about adjectives: / Endless endings, but no panic! / A word about word order: / Lets twist again: inversion after adverbial clauses / In subordinate clauses / Where do nicht and auch go? / How to handle aber and oder / Are the German nut cases? / The confusion over nominative and accusative case / Prepositions and their cases / The use and misuse of mit and bei / Questions, questions, questions... / The deceit of who and where / Wohin and woher? / When? / All about pronouns: / Possessive / Demonstrative / Relative / All about conjunctions: / als / wenn / daß / also / Get with it: damit, dafür etc. / Get your skates on: how to say you are going by car, on foot etc. / Spellings: / Oh those capitals! The spelling of German nouns / Good grief: - ei or ie; Leid, Lied or both? / Mann, man: spelling, what they mean and how they are used / All about numbers: / I am your number one fan! Eins or ein? / Counting in tens and hundreds / Dont miss that date... / Rock around the clock... / Telling the time / Using the appropriate expression: today, in a while, not yet / The Pick ‘n Mix Section: / This bag of sweeties rots your teeth if you try to translate them literally, so- / Dont get lost in translation : / Are you o.k.? / Do you want a lift? / Id love to... / and numerous others / Mean what you say and say what you mean! / vermissen – verpassen? / reiten – fahren? / verlieren – verirren? / What makes the Germans smile...if you translate these literally / I am cold / I am warm... / and a few others / Glossary of grammatical terms / Transcript of audio download