Basic German: A Grammar and Workbook comprises an accessible reference grammar and related exercises in a single volume. Suitable for independent study and for class use, it introduces German people and culture through the medium of the language used today, covering the core material that students would expect to encounter in their first year of learning German. Each of the twenty-eight units presents one or more related grammar topics, illustrated by examples which serve as models for the exercises that follow. These wide-ranging and varied exercises enable the student to master each grammar point thoroughly. Features include: *clear grammatical explanations with examples in both English and German *authentic language samples from a range of media *checklists at the end of each unit to reinforce key points *cross-referencing to other grammar chapters *full exercise answer key *glossary of grammatical terms. Basic German is the ideal reference and practice book for beginners, but also for students with some knowledge of the language.
Table of Contents
Introduction 1. What's different in German? Basic tips and patterns 2. Verbs in the present tense 3. Verb variations and irregular verbs 4. Irregular verbs: haben/sein 5. Separable verbs 6. Imperatives 7. Questions 8. Nouns and gender 9. Plural of nouns 10. What are cases? A short overview 11. The Nominative case 12. The Accusative case 13. The Dative case 14. The Genitive case 15. Personal pronouns 16. Possessive articles (my, your, his, her) 17. Reflexive verbs 18. Negatives 19. Comparison of adjectives and adverbs 20. Modal verbs (must, can, may) 21. The Present Perfect tense 22. The Simple Past tense 23. The Future tense 24. Prepositions (from, on, with, under) 25. Adjective endings 26. Numbers and dates 27. Conjunctions (and, or, but, because) and clauses 28. Word order Key to exercises and checklists Verblist Glossary of grammatical terms Index
Heiner Schenke is Senoir Lecturer in German at the University of Westminster and Karen Seago is Course Leader for APplied Translation at the London Metropolitan University.