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a self-study guide that helps you come prepared to German class
To show you how to get from an English structure to the equivalent German structure.
All the essentials
Straightforward lessons that focus more on the rules than the exceptions. Covers the grammar taught in beginning college courses.
Tips to help you learn German vocabulary and word forms, and to remember them.
one point per chapter
In each bite-sized lesson, authors Cecile Zorach, Charlotte Melin and Adam Oberlin explain one grammar concept and illustrates it with English and German examples.
Explained in English
To help you learn the grammar from the point of view of a language you already speak.
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Learn The Grammar Terms Your Textbook Assumes You Know
Learn how to identify English and German nouns, verbs, adjectives, prepositions so you can choose the correct equivalent to an English word.
“Leaves” : sale or hojas? Depends on its part of speech: verb → sale; noun → hojas
Learn how to identify English and German subjects, direct and indirect object so you can choose the correct equivalent to an English word.
Learn to identify the function of words in English and German so you can choose the correct equivalent in English.
“Him” : lo or le? Depends on its function: direct object → lo; indirect object → le
Learn of conjugation, gender, number, agreement so you’ll understand these terms that play an important role in German
Learn grammatical terms such as conjugation, gender, number, and agreement that play a minor role in English, but an important role in German.
“Red” : rojo or roja? Depends on what is described: a car → rojo; a dress → roja
Learn how to get from an English structure to an equivalent German structure. Our examples will take you every step of the way.
“This is the book I was talking about.” → series of steps → Este es el libro de que hablaba. (word-for-word: this is the book about which I was talking