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Beyond the Basics: German (Book and CD Set): Includes Coursebook, 4 Audio CDs, and Learner's Dictionary (Complete Basic Courses)

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Pages   368
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 7.17" Width: 5.2" Height: 2.2"
Binding  CD
Release Date   Sep 20, 2005
Publisher   Living Language
ISBN  1400021723  
EAN  9781400021727  


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Our best-selling language series just went Beyond the Basics! Now there's a fantastic new way for language learners to take their studies to the next level and go Beyond the Basics! Ideal for people who already have some introductory knowledge, the brand-new Beyond the Basics courses take students further in key areas, including vocabulary, grammar, culture, and natural-sounding conversational skills. Each course includes twenty lessons that feature more challenging dialogues as well as numerous examples, explanations, and practice exercises. Best of all, the packages are as compact and portable as ever! Each program comes complete with a coursebook, handy learner's bilingual dictionary, and four hours of recordings on four CDs.

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Our best-selling language series just went Beyond the Basics!

Now there's a fantastic new way for language learners to take their studies to the next level and go Beyond the Basics! Ideal for people who already have some introductory knowledge, the brand-new Beyond the Basics courses take students further in key areas, including vocabulary, grammar, culture, and natural-sounding conversational skills. Each course includes twenty lessons that feature more challenging dialogues as well as numerous examples, explanations, and practice exercises.

Best of all, the packages are as compact and portable as ever! Each program comes complete with a coursebook, handy learner's bilingual dictionary, and four hours of recordings on four CDs.

Available in Spanish, French, Italian, German, and Inglés/English for native Spanish speakers!


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Reviews - What do our customers think?
Great companion  Oct 26, 2009
I own several German Courses from Rossetta to Pimsleur amongst others, I purchased this course to try to expand what I have already learned; this is a great course if you already have a little knowledge of German. What I like about the Living language courses is the booklet companion, is very helpful and it teaches you some grammar. Pimsleur is a great introductory course but after you're done with level 3, it leaves you wanting more. Rossetta is good but I found it kind of boring. Beyond the basics teaches you more advance conversation. The other courses concentrate too much in asking for directions, how's the weather and how to order in a restaurant. All in all I give Living languages a 5 stars, Pimsleur 4.5 and Rossetta a 4.
 
Solid but Imperfect  Feb 16, 2009
Since this kit is designed for people who are beyond the basics, I believe that the CD is kind of a waste of time and money because it is doing little more than reading the text in the coursebook, which is something that is of only moderate use to someone who is already in the intermediate range. The dictionary is ok if you don't already own a better one. The coursebook itself is quite useful because it has problems at the end of the chapter that the reader can complete. Many other such books lack practice exercises, which never fails to mystify me. If you feel that you benefit from hearing the words pronounced, then I highly recommend this kit. If you don't need to hear the words, then only the coursebook will be of use to you.
 
A book from the pre-wordprocessor era  Sep 5, 2007
The general evaluation of the book:

A good self-study material for those who have already had a course covering the basics. Or for those who are so-called false starters.

However, from book editing viewpoint, the book is a nightmare:

1. No active page headings, on the top of each page you have only the title of the book, which makes it a little difficult to locate something specific quickly.
2. Headings on a page are mostly inconspicuous, so you need to look carefully where you are inside a lesson.
3. Perhaps the book is too grammar centered, which is reflected in putting the grammar into the book twice, once inside the units and once at the back. Probably a shorter and tabular description inside the unit and a reference to the grammar summary at the back could have saved some space for some extra material.

All the lessons have the same structure:

1. A long conversation with English translation after each turn
2. Usage notes to expressions and structures in the conversation
3. Culture Notes (in English)
4. Grammar and Usage (the book has a thorough grammar curriculum) (a very long section)
5. Exercises (surprisingly short compared to the previous section)
6. Key to the exercises

What can you find at the back of the book?

1. an 83-page grammar review
2. a 10-page-long guide to letters, e-mails and internet resources
3. the rules of the 1998 German Spelling Reform (2 pages)
4. a short index (2 pages)

What's on the CDs?

1. Each conversation of the book (fast, natural speech speed)
2. Each conversation again but broken up into easily repeatable chunks to help you learn the language while in a car, or cooking in the kitchen or pottering in the garden

Some positive and negative features of the mini dictionary included in the package:

+ it's small enough to carry around anywhere
- one with weak eyes may need to buy a magnifying glass to be able to read the minuscule letters
+ It highlights the most common words, using all capitals, and lists some useful expressions with them.
- it does not have any grammatical information to the words (e.g. plurals to nouns, irregular forms to strong verbs, etc.)
 
Useful and affordable  Jan 31, 2006
This new series is perfect for anyone who has been "dabbling" in a language and is interested in "finding their voice" so to speak. There are 4 cds with 5 scripted dialogues on each. First you just listen, than it is repeated with time beween each phrase for you to repeat. Each lesson is followed by "Grammer and Usage" where you repeat more sentences. Nowhere but in the book are translations and clarification found.
The format can be challenging at first, because being a beginner you won't understand much. You have to read the book and be persistant to make it work. It really forces you to start listening and understanding dialogues in normal speaking pace.
 

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