Colloquial German is easy to use with step by step instructions. Specially written by experienced teachers for self-study or class use, the course offers you a step-by-step approach to written and spoken German. No prior knowledge of the language is required.
What makes Colloquial German your best choice in personal language learning?
interactive – lots of dialogues and exercises for regular practice
clear – concise grammar notes
practical – useful vocabulary and pronunciation guide
complete – including answer key and special reference section
By the end of this rewarding course you will be able to communicate confidently and effectively in a broad range of situations.
Two 60-minute audio CDs are available to accompany the book. Recorded by native speakers, these recordings will help you with pronunciation and listening skills.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
My past experience with the Rutledge Colloquial series has been GREAT, so I decided to give German a try. I'm very enthusiastic, so the first thing I did was to look at the last chapter to get an idea of what kind of things I'll be able to say when I finish the course. By the end of the book the "I" character in the dialogues makes comments about the food and how nice Berlin is, what he does for work etc. - compare with kvetching with an idealistic journalist in the Hebrew book, and saying things like "I think X behaves as if he's got a cold" in the Japanese book. In comparison, the German book isn't all that ambitious; I don't know if this is just because of the complexities of the language, or maybe it's because the company wants us to buy "Colloquial German 2"...
Like other reviewers, I'm familiar with the Colloquial series through my experience with another product, in my case, the Hungarian text. Thus, I bought Colloquial German in the hopes that I could refresh my skills in German, which I studied in high school. Given that I already know the grammar, the book is quite easy, but that's to be expected from a beginning language book. Where I take issue with the text is in its extraordinarily bizarre organization. Most language books introduce all of the nominative-form personal pronouns in the first or second chapter. Colloquial German, on the other hand, waits until the 15th chapter to introduce the second-person "you" form, and while it introduces the second-person plural "you" a few chapters after that, never really seems to show how to conjugate it. I'll continue to use the text to refresh my memory, but for beginners I'd strongly recommend looking elsewhere. While I understand that every book needs to distinguish itself from its...
Not so sure I really like this course so much because it seems pretty out of touch for a course on colloquial language. It could use a bit of sprucing up in my opinion.
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