|Title||:||German for Reading Knowledge|
|Publisher||:||Van Nostrand Reinhold Company Auflage 3 1 Juni 1980|
|Number of Pages||:||569 Pages|
|File Size||:||872 KB|
|Status||:||Available For Download|
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German for Reading Knowledge Reviews
This standard college text for acquiring a reading knowledge of German is monumental in scope and demanding in design. This is a serious book for serious learners only.Now in its fourth edition, this warhorse is a solid, no-frills approach that builds on the old-fashioned principles of incremental vocabularly and grammatical precepts, followed by complementary readings using that controlled vocabularly and grammar.The 30 chapters are short but dense, interspersed with several review chapters and additional readings, along with several useful appendices and a German-English glossary and index in the back.Learning German for the sole skill of reading is much like learning a dead language such as Latin. The joy of the spoken word is not part of the process. But this book helped me conquer the thorny and difficult German language and adequately prepare for a graduate examination in the language.
Worth every penny of the price. Good for a strong foundation in German grammar and phrase construction.
I used this book for an intensive (4 week) summer German course specifically geared toward graduate students who require reading knowledge of German for research purposes. It stresses grammar and mechanics without the frill of pronunication and vocabulary memorization or of composition. Stress on the recognition of forms and simple explanations of their uses make this text a very efficient intensive, beginner's guide.For learners who would like to be able to pronounce the words that they are learning in order to compliment your memorization and recognition skills, you might want to buy/rent audio recordings to supplement your learning, esp. if you do not intend to take a class with an instructor to guide you.I am a native English speaker, but have also learned French, Latin, and (ancient) Greek- so I have had some language learning experience which helps me to rate this particular book. Hope this helps!
I found this book to be well organized and easy to navigate. Occasionally there would be a random section added at the end of a chapter that didn't really relate to the rest of the chapter's material, which was odd. And sometimes they'll cover something again that was already covered, but all in all, I thought the flow was great and think it will be a great resource for the future when I need a refresher or to look up a grammatical concept.
Challenging but insightful, this book will really help the student wanting to learn how to translate and read German effectively.
The 5th is virtually exactly the same as the 6th edition--just the page numbers are about 2 pages off. Save some money and buy a 5th edition.
I'm halfway through a graduate course for German reading knowledge, and unfortunately I'm using this textbook. I have some experience with languages so the dry, bare-bones format doesn't bother me, although I can certainly sympathize with those who wish the book had a little more variety. My complaint with this book is the preponderance of undefined words in the chapter sentences, exercise sentences, and review sentences.I don't know how many times I've come across a word that isn't listed in the chapter vocabularies, then looked for its definition in the short glosses below, only to find that it isn't there. I've then turned to the glossary in the back of the book to discover that the word isn't listed there, either. It's unbelievably frustrating. What is the purpose of including words that are not defined? Of course, I could look up the words in a dictionary, but that isn't the point. This book is supposed to teach me to read German, not send me on a scavenger hunt. It's rude to students and shows a complete lack of attention by the authors. How has this book made it to a sixth edition?If you're interested in German reading, I suggest you pick up , unless you enjoy hunting down words to complete your assignments.