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Essential German (Essential Guides Series)
Essential German - Essential Guides Series
Author: L Colvin
ISBN-13: 9780746003183
ISBN-10: 0746003188
Publication Date: 9/1990
Pages: 96
Reading Level: Ages 9-12
Rating:
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Publisher: E.D.C. Publishing
Book Type: Paperback
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Features the illustrations for which Usborne books are well-known.

Each double page spread contains a scenario (Eating out; Studying; Movies, TV, books, etc.; Sports). Cartoon style windows illustrate sub-scenarios and give related vocabulary with translations.

Example with details: The "Eating in" spread has a large cartoon showing 8 people around a table. Balloons give the conversation blurbs along with translations: "Would you like some salad?" "Just a little." Smaller pictures illustrate "Can I help?" "May I lay the table?" "May I do the dishes?" "I don't like fish." "I'm a vegetarian." "I'm allergic to eggs." A box gives a list of food vocabulary. A "Fact file" box provides related cultural information. Grammatical issues are footnoted at the bottom of the page.

While short (only 64 pages), the book would be very useful for someone traveling in Germany or interacting with a German who doesn't speak English or as a fun introduction to German. I must confess that I've never met a German who didn't speak English. How many of us speak 2 languages?