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50 common mistakes in German

Author: Sieglinde Klovekorn-Ward
Publisher: London : Teach Yourself, 2010.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English

Avoid sounding like a beginner with these 50 top tips for improving your spoken and written German.


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Genre/Form: Self-instruction
Textbooks for foreign speakers
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Sieglinde Klovekorn-Ward
ISBN: 9781444110654 1444110659
OCLC Number: 620330884
Description: pages cm
Contents: Meet the author Only got a minute? Only got five minutes? Only got ten minutes? How to use this book Sounding right 1 We will sound you out! 2 Don't forget the capitals or the umlauts! Getting the structure right 3 A very important date 4 The trouble with males and females: masculine nouns 5 The problem with males and females: feminine nouns 6 The need for neutrality - neuter nouns 7 The gender of compound nouns - what's the problem? 8 Plurals - why can't I just add an -s? 9 The magimix of mein, dein, sein 10 All change: vowel changes after du and er, sie, es 11 The perfect tense: 'I have gone' or 'I am gone'? 12 Separable verbs: no need to make the divorce acrimonious 13 Don't muddle the modals: mussen, sollen, mogen, durfen 14 Are the Germans nutcases? Or: who or whom do you love? 15 Prepositions that always take the dative 16 Prepositions that always take the accusative 17 Cases and prepositions - motion or no motion? That is the question! 18 Zum, zur, im, am ... zum Kuckuck! Whatever next? 19 Da + prepositions: dafur, damit 20 Der alte Apfelbaum: adjective endings after der, die, das 21 Ein neuer Computer: adjective endings after ein, eine, ein 22 Gute Laune: adjective endings when there is no article 23 The present continuous: are you sitting comfortably? 24 Let's twist again! When does the verb stand in second place? 25a Das kann ich! Word order with modal verbs 25b Gestern wollten wir ein Fussballspiel sehen. Modal verbs in past tenses 26a The position of direct and indirect objects 26b Where to put nicht, nie and auch 27a Word order after dass, weil, wann or wenn 27b Word order: saying when, where, how and why 28 Wie or wer? Wo or was? Choosing the right words 29 Introducing yourself: The name is Blonde, J. Blonde 30 Greeting people: names and titles are important 31a Polite beginnings: Wie geht es Ihnen? 31b Polite beginnings: Entschuldigen Sie (mich)! 32 'I am a doughnut!' Really? 33 And where do you come from? 34 Ja and aber - two necessary evils 35 Denn, doch and einmal - more necessary evils 36 Erst and nur - only two words 37 The use and misuse of haben 38 I'd like another one, please - no, NOT ein anderes! 39 For breakfast, the Germans have no appetite for fur 40 Eins or ein? 41 Rock around the clock 42 Doctor, doctor! 43 Du, Sie, sie, ihr, Sie, sie, plus dieser and jeder 44 How shall I put this? Plus a little help with machen 45 Es gibt and other uses of es 46a Say what you mean and mean what you say: nouns and adjectives 46b Say what you mean and mean what you say: verbs 47 Get your skates on: going by car, plane, etc. 48 'When', 'if' and als 49 Increase your word power - live in style! 50 Want to know a few secrets? Glossary of grammatical terms or, The Hitchhiker's Guide to Grammatical Gobbledygook Index
Other Titles: Fifty common mistakes in German
Responsibility: Sieglinde Klovekorn-Ward.


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