Is this the right book for me?Want to get more out of your study of German? Essential German Grammar is an up-to-date introduction to German grammar. You don't need to know a lot about grammar before you start. Everything is explained simply and there are lots of examples to illustrate each point. Unlike more traditional grammars, Essential German Grammar is structured so that you can look up language forms according to what you want to say, even if you don't know the grammatical term for them. If you already know some grammar, then you can use the 'reference grammar' section at the back of the book to look up the points you need.The course consists of 21 units illustrating the various uses to which the language can be put, for example, giving instructions or talking about the recent past. The more traditional reference grammar deals with grammatical structures, such as the imperative or the perfect tense. All grammatical terms are explained in the glossary at the back of the book. Each unit contains exercises for you to practise what you have learnt and there is a key at the back of the book for you to check your answers. The new page design in this edition means that the book is even easier to use and the main headings are in English so that you can find your way around the book quickly. This edition contains a 'taking it further' section which will direct you to further sources of real German. Essential German Grammar will help you to understand and manipulate German grammar with confidence because: - you need no prior knowledge of grammatical terminology to use it; - the approach is accessible and supportive; - the examples are clear and in context; - exercises help you practise every point. Now in a brand new edition with new, easy-to-follow page design and interactive online features. Essential German Grammar includes: Chapter 1: Asking for and giving personal information Chapter 2: Introducing and identifying people, places and things Chapter 3: Expressing existence and availability Chapter 4: Expressing location Chapter 5: Talking about the present Chapter 6: Expressing likes and dislikes Chapter 7: Expressing wants and preferences Chapter 8: Expressing permission and ability Chapter 9: Expressing obligation and necessity Chapter 10: Asking for and giving opinions Chapter 11: Talking about habitual actions Chapter 12: Expressing possession Chapter 13: Giving directions and instructions Chapter 14: Making requests and offers Chapter 15: Describing people, places and things Chapter 16: Referring to future plans and events Chapter 17: Describing the past Chapter 18: Talking about the past Chapter 19: Describing processes and procedures Chapter 20: Reporting what was said and asked Chapter 21: Expressing conditions Reference: grammar Learn effortlessly with a new easy-to-read page design and interactive features: Not got much time? One, five and ten-minute introductions to key principles to get you started. Author insights Lots of instant help with common problems and quick tips for success, based on the author's many years of experience. Test yourself Tests in the book and online to keep track of your progress. Extend your knowledge Extra online articles to give you a richer understanding of the subject. Five things to remember Quick refreshers to help you remember the key facts. Try this Innovative exercises illustrate what you've learnt and how to use it.
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Jenny Russ has taught German for more than 30 years at various levels. She was Head of German at Bootham School, York, and Chief Oral Examiner in German for the Oxford Examining Board.
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