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Wilson, April

A Grammar for Reading German Revised Edition, Third Printing

New York, Bern, Berlin, Bruxelles, Frankfurt am Main, Oxford, Wien, 2004, 2006, 2007. XXII, 432 pp.


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34.60 / £ 28.00 / US$ 44.95 Order online: Book synopsis German Quickly: A Grammar
34.60 / £ 28.00 / US$ 44.95 Order online: Book synopsis German Quickly: A Grammar

Book synopsis

German Quickly: A Grammar for Reading German is a thorough, straightforward textbook with a sense of fun. It teaches the fundamentals for reading German literary and scholarly texts of all levels of difficulty. It can be used as an introductory text for scholars with no background in German, or it can serve as a reference text for students wishing to review German. The grammar explanations are detailed and clear, addressing common problems students encounter while learning to read German. This book includes thought-provoking and entertaining reading selections consisting mainly of aphorisms and proverbs. There are also twelve appendices, including a summary of German grammar, descriptions of German dictionaries, a partial answer key, strategies for learning German, and a humanities vocabulary section of about 3,800 words.

About the author(s)/editor(s)

The Author: April Wilson has been offering German reading courses to graduate students in the University of Chicago community since 1972. She learned German as a high school exchange student to Berlin. She continued her studies at Barnard College, where she received her B.A., and the University of California, Irvine for an M.A. Ms. Wilson also received an M.A. in religion and literature from the University of Chicago Divinity School. Her courses have an excellent reputation for providing students with the essentials of German grammar, quickly.


«April Wilson is to be congratulated for her clear, logical and concise presentations of German grammar to which the proverbs add much life and human insight. She has provided the profession with a superb pedagogical tool, and anybody studying German for reading knowledge or simply reviewing German grammar should be thankful that this book exists.» (Wolfgang Mieder, University of Vermont) «Based on April Wilson's very popular reading course for students in the University of Chicago community, 'German Quickly' is an absolute delight. It is witty, lively and exciting. The on-going adventures of Fräulein Meier and the mailman entice readers from one lesson to the next, and having them translate extracts from Nietzsche, Goethe, Buber and other literary heavyweights instills a definite sense of accomplishment as they progress. Explanations of the grammar combine wonderful clarity with a sympathetic ear to the beginner's difficulties. This newly revised edition is to be warmly welcomed.» (Jonardon Ganeri, University of Liverpool)

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