Treffpunkt Deutsch Grundstufe

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  • Copyright: 2012-02-14
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Construct Meaning from Day One With Contemporary Language and Culture Since the first edition, Treffpunkt Deutschhas been carefully designed to enable students to use the language actively and successfully. Thoroughly revised and updat ed, the Sixth Edition encourages students to interact more intensively with the German language and to begin constructing meaning from the first day of instruction, resulting in the development of strong language-learning strategies. Teaching & Learning Experience Student-Centered, Communicative Approach- Builds students' ability to communicate in German in all modes of communication. Connect with Culture- Heavily updated culture sections encourage students to become a part of today's community of German-speaking cultures. Explore Grammar- Extensive revisions to grammar presentation and sequencing facilitate student comprehension and optimize teaching. Build Vocabulary- Updated vocabulary sections and exercises reflect new chapter content and a more contemporary focus. Develop Skills- New readings and a more central role for video strengthen the cyclical approach of the text that links skills, grammar, and vocabulary in a way that mutually reinforces all four skills. Personalize Learning- The proven success of MyLangaugeLabs will available for fall 2012 courses via MyGermanLab to accompany Treffpunkt Deutsch, 6e. The Books la Carte Edition is an unbound, three-hole punched version of the textbook and provides students with the opportunity to personalize their book by incorporating their own notes and taking only the portion of the book they need to class - all at an affordable price. Note:MyLanguageLabs does not come automatically packaged with this text. To purchase MyLanguageLabs access, please visit:www.mylanguagelabs.comor you can purchase a valuepack of the la carte text + MyLanguageLabs 24-month access (ISBN: 0205015581).

Author Biography

Margaret Gonglewski is Associate Professor of German and International Affairs at the George Washington University in Washington, DC, where she directs the German language program. She received her Ph.D. from Georgetown University. She has published articles on topics such as effective uses of technology in language teaching and learning, business language teaching methodology, and critical issues in materials selection and creation. From 2004 to 2008, she served as the first Director of the GW Language Center, initiating innovative programming as well as support and recognition for language faculty. She has been awarded several grants for developing materials to assist faculty in teaching business languages, and she is currently Business Languages Coordinator for GW’s Center for Business Education and Research, funded by a grant from the U.S. Department of Education. She has received university awards for innovations in teaching and excellence in undergraduate advising.


Beverly Moser is Associate Professor of German and the Director of the MA program with a language teaching focus at Appalachian State University in Boone, NC.  She completed her Ph.D. at Georgetown University, where her dissertation received the Emma Marie Birkmaier award from ACTFL and the Modern Language Journal for its contribution to foreign language education.  A specialist in reading and writing pedagogy for German as a foreign language, she publishes teaching materials that develop students’ literacy skills.  Her most recent work adapts authentic youth literature for the college classroom. Dr. Moser serves as Principal and Co-Principal Investigator on three grants funded by the U.S. Department of Education for projects directed at improving the quality and scope of foreign language teaching in the K–12 or college setting, on strengthening interdisciplinary connections for all foreign languages, and on teacher development.  She has served as the Director of a large-scale German program, helping graduate students through their first few semesters teaching college-level German, and she regularly conducts methodology workshops for precollegiate and postsecondary instructors of German, French, Spanish, and English as a Second Language.


Cornelius Partsch is a native of Landstuhl and grew up in the nearby Saarland in southwestern Germany. He is Professor of German at Western Washington University in Bellingham, Washington. He received his Ph. D. from Brown University. He previously taught German at Hamilton College, Colby College, Smith College, and Mount Holyoke College, as well as at the German summer schools at the University of Rhode Island, Middlebury College, and Portland State University. He is the author of Schräge Töne. Jazz und Unterhaltungsmusik in der Kultur der Weimarer Republik (Stuttgart: J. B. Metzler) and has written widely on various aspects of 20th- and 21st-century German popular culture. His particular interest in language pedagogy lies in the construction of foreign language curricula and the teaching of culture using film, music, and fiction. He served as a teacher/trainer in the Goethe Institute's trainer network for the western United States from 2007 to 2011.

Table of Contents





KAPITEL 1 Jahraus, jahrein
KAPITEL 2 Freunde
KAPITEL 3 Familie
KAPITEL 4 Alltagsleben
KAPITEL 5 Freizeit–Ferienzeit
KAPITEL 6 Ein Blick zurück
KAPITEL 7 Feste und Feiertage
KAPITEL 8 Wohnen
KAPITEL 9 Andere Länder, andere Sitten
KAPITEL 10 Lust auf Lesen
KAPITEL 11 Geschichte und Gegenwart
KAPITEL 12 So ist das Leben

    • Information Gap Activities
    • Expressions for the Classroom
    • German Grammatical Terms
    • Useful Word Sets
    • Grammatical Tables
    • Principal Parts of Irregular and Mixed Verbs
    • German-English Vocabulary
    • English-German Vocabulary
    • Index


Kommunikationsziele und Kultur
    Erste Kontakte
         • Greeting someone and responding to greetings
         • Introducing yourself
         • Making phone calls
         • Addressing letters
         • Saying good-bye
         • Affordable education at German universities
         • Social implications of du, ihr, and Sie
         • A first look at the German-speaking cultures
         • German words used in English

Sprache im Kontext
         • Semesterticket
         • Beim Studentenwerk
         • Im Hörsaal
         • Im Konferenzsaal

Strukturen im Kontext
         • Du, ihr, and Sie
         • The alphabet
         • The numbers from 0 to 1000

Wörter: Bedeutung, Form, Aussprache
    Zur Aussprache 
         • ä, ö, ü
         • ß, ch, v, w, z
         • Some distinctive features of written German

Kommunikationsziele und Kultur
    Jahraus, jahrein
         • Talking about...
          • the weather and the seasons
          • student life
          • everyday activities and objects
          • colors
          • nationality
         • Welcome to  the German-speaking countries
         • Studying at the university
         • About university life
         • Why German and English are similar: The Angles and Saxons

Sprache im Kontext
         • Eine Wetterkarte
         • Der Tag beginnt
         • Semesterbeginn
         • Das bin ich
         • Hören: Beim Auslandsamt
         • Schreiben und Sprechen:
              • Das bin ich
              • Wer ist das?
        • Lesen: Eine Schweizerin, eine deutsche Familie und zwei Österreicher

Stukturen im Kontext
     • Nouns: gender and definite articles
     • Plural forms: definite articles and nouns
     • The indefinite articles ein and kein
     • Personal pronouns: subject forms
     • Present tense of sein
     • The verb: infinitive and present tense
    Word order
         • Position of the verb in yes/no questions
         • Position of the verb in information questions
         • Position of the verb in statements
         • Expressions of time and place
         • Position of nicht

Wörter: Bedeutung, Form, Aussprache
    Wörter unter der Lupe
         • Cognates
    Zur Aussprache
         • German ei and ie
         • Verb forms in English and German
         • The present tense to express future time
         • lernen vs studieren
    Wortschatz 1
    Wortschatz 2


Kommunikationsziele und Kultur
         •Talking about...
              • friends
              • hobbies and leisure activities
              • clothing and possessions
         • Expressing likes, dislikes, and preferences
         • Telling time
         • Describing people, places, and things
         • English loan words in German
         • The Black Forest and the cuckoo clock
         • Liechtenstein
Sprache im Kontext
         • Uni-Sport
         • Freunde
         • Freundschaften
         • Hören: Freundinnen
         • Schreiben und Sprechen:
              • Meine beste Freundin/mein bester Freund
              • Deine beste Freundin/dein bester Freund
         • Lesen: Eine Webseite für soziales Netzwerken

Strukturen im Kontext
     • The verb haben
     • Verb + gern
     • Verb + lieber
     • Telling time
     • Expressions of time
     • The subject
     • The nominative case
     • The interrogative pronouns wer and was
     • Der-words in the nominative case
     • Ein-words in the nominative case
     • Nominative endings of adjectives
          • preceded by der-words
          • preceded by ein-words
          • unpreceded

Wörter: Bedeutung, Form, Aussprache
    Wörter unter der Lupe
         • More on cognates
    Zur Aussprache
         • The vowels a, e, i, o, and u
         • gern haben
         • More on colloquial time expressions
         • The subject completion
    Wortschatz 1
    Wortschatz 2

Kommunikationsziele und Kultur
         • Talking about...
              • family
              • shopping and other activities
              • useful everyday objects
              • occupations
         • Expressing favorites
         • Describing people, places, and things
         • Austria
         • Family policies in Germany and Austria

Sprache im Kontext
         • Ein Familienauto?
         • Verwandte
     Meine Familie
         • Hören: Wie erkennen wir einander?
         • Schreiben und Sprechen:
              • Wer ist das?
              • Meine Familie
     • Lesen: Mozart, das musikalische Wunderkind Österreichs

Strukturen im Kontext
         • The direct object
         • The accusative case
         • The interrogative pronoun wen
         • Der-words in the accusative case
         • Ein-words in the accusative case
         • Adjective endings in the accusative case
         • Verbs with stem-vowel changes in the present tense
    Word order
         • More on the position of nicht

Wörter: Bedeutung, Form, Aussprache
    Wörter unter der Lupe
         • More cognates
         • Words as chameleons: wie
    Zur Aussprache
         • The diphthongs
         • Expressing favorite
         • Expressing time with the accusative case
         • Omission of the indefinite article
         • The expression es gibt
    Wortschatz 1
    Wortschatz 2

Kommunikationsziele und Kultur
         • Talking about...
              • daily routines
              • food and meals
              • abilities, necessities, and obligations
     • Expressing permission, wishes, and likes
     • Telling someone what to do
     • Making requests
     • Giving advice
     • Giving reasons and conditions
         • Meal traditions in the German-speaking countries 
              o Breakfast
              o Other meals
        • Switzerland
        • Railways in the German-speaking countries

Sprache im Kontext
         • Wie frühstückt man?
         • So bin ich eben
    Ein typischer Tag
         • Hören: Ein typischer Tag in Lisas Leben
         • Schreiben und Sprechen:
              • Ein Interview:
              • Das ist mein Tag
     • Lesen: Schweizer Innovation: Die Firma Victorinox
Strukturen im Kontext
         • Modal verbs
         • Können, müssen, and wollen
         • Dürfen, sollen, and mögen
         • Möchte versus mögen
         • Omission of the infinitive after modal verbs
         • Separable-prefix verbs
         • Verb-noun and verb-verb combinations
         • Sie-, ihr-, and du-imperatives
    Word order
         • Position of nicht with modal verbs
         • Position of separable-prefix verbs with modals
         • Position of the verb in independent and dependent clauses

Wörter: Bedeutung, Form, Aussprache
    Wörter unter der Lupe
         • denn versus dann
    Zur Aussprache
         • The vowels ä, ö, and ü
         • The pronoun man
         • More about separable prefixes
         • Position of nicht with separable-prefix verbs
         • Flavoring particles and bitte in imperative sentences
         • Word order when the dependent clause comes first
    Wortschatz 1
    Wortschatz 2

Kommunikationsziele und Kultur
    Freizeit – Ferienzeit
         • Making plans...
              • for a vacation 
              • for a day off
     • Expressing personal opinions and tastes
     • Comparing qualities and characteristics
     • Talking about...
          • whom and what you know
          • events in the past
         • Affordable travel
         • Soccer
         • Paid vacations in North America and Europe
         • Munich
         • South Tyrol

Sprache im Kontext
         • Am Grundlsee
         • Ferienpläne
         • Ferienzeit
         • Hören: Morgen haben wir keine Vorlesungen
         • Schreiben und Sprechen:
              • Mein Kalender
              • Gehst du mit?
         • Lesen: Ludwig II. von Bayern und seine Märchenschlösser

Strukturen im Kontext
         • Personal pronouns in the accusative case
         • Accusative prepositions
         • The comparative
         • Comparative adjectives before nouns
         • The superlative
         • Superlative adjectives before nouns
         • Wissen
         • The simple past of sein, haben, and the modal verbs
    Word order
         • Object clauses introduced by dass
         • Information questions as object clauses
         • Yes/no questions as object clauses

Wörter: Bedeutung, Form, Aussprache
    Wörter unter der Lupe
         • Predicting gender: the suffixes -or, -ent, -er, -in, -ur, -ment, -(i)um, -chen, -lein
    Zur Aussprache
         • German ch
         • Accusative prepositions in contractions
         • Dafür and dagegen
         • Wissen vs. kennen
    Wortschatz 1
    Wortschatz 2

Kommunikationsziele und Kultur
    Ein Blick zurück
         • Describing past events...
              • in conversational situations
              • in personal narratives
         • Talking about...
              • one’s ancestors
              • education and job qualifications
         • Describing someone’s appearance
         • German roots in North America
         • The German language in North America

Sprache im Kontext
         • Ein deutscher Auswanderer
         • Ein deutscher Einwanderer sucht Arbeit
         • Mein erster Job
         • Hören: Martin sucht einen Ferienjob
         • Sprechen: Was für Arbeitserfahrung haben Sie?
         • Lesen: Aus Christian Köchlings Tagebuch
         • Schreiben: Aus meinem Tagebuch

Strukturen im Kontext
         • The perfect tense
          • Regular verbs
          • Irregular verbs
          • Sein as auxiliary
          • Verbs with separable prefixes
          • Verbs with inseparable prefixes
          • Mixed verbs
         • Ordinal numbers
         • Dates
         • Hin and her
    Word order
         • Position of auxiliary verb and past participle
         • Position of auxiliary verb and past participle in a dependent clause
         • Position of nicht in the perfect

Wörter: Bedeutung, Form, Aussprache
    Wörter unter der Lupe
         • Predicting gender: the suffix -ung
         • Giving language color: expressions using names of parts of the body
    Zur Aussprache
         • German l
         • The perfect tense of sein and haben
         • Away from and toward in colloquial German
         • The expression Bitte schön!
    Wortschatz 1
    Wortschatz 2

Kommunikationsziele und Kultur
    Feste und Feiertage
         • Talking about...
              • birthdays and holidays
              • buying and giving gifts
              • personal tastes and opinions
         • Expressing congratulations, best wishes, and thanks
         • KaDeWe
         • Feste und Feiertage
         • Parties and presents

Sprache im Kontext
         • Eine Geburtstagskarte
         • Das Geburtstagsgeschenk
         • Beim KaDeWe
         • Mein bestes Geschenk
         • Hören: Blumen zum Geburtstag
         • Sprechen: Im Blumengeschäft
         • Lesen: Glückwunschanzeigen
         • Schreiben: Die besten Glückwünsche

Strukturen im Kontext
         • The dative case: the indirect object
         • The interrogative pronoun in the dative case
         • Personal pronouns in the dative case
         • Dative verbs
         • The dative case with adjectives
         • The dative case in idioms
         • The dative prepositions
         • Dative prepositions in contractions
         • Da-compounds
         • Nach versus zu; aus versus von
         • The preposition seit
         • Adjective endings in the dative case
    Word order
         • Sequence of objects

Wörter: Bedeutung, Form, Aussprache
    Wörter unter der Lupe
         • Predicting gender: infinitives used as nouns
         • Giving language color: expressions using food vocabulary
    Zur Aussprache
         • German r
         • Word order: time/manner/place
         • Expressing congratulations, best wishes, or toasts with zu
         • Derselbe, dasselbe, dieselbe
    Wortschatz 1
    Wortschatz 2

Kommunikationsziele und Kultur
         • Talking about...
              • how and where you live
              • destination and location
              • possessions and relationships
         • Finding a roommate
         • Finding a place to live
         • Discussing the pros and cons of where you live
         • Describing people, places, and things
         • Student housing
         • Green living: Recyceln
         • Green living: Regenerative Energien

Sprache im Kontext
         • Mitbewohner gesucht!
         • Zimmersuche
         • Mein Zuhause
         • Hören: Privathaus oder WG?
         • Schreiben und Sprechen:
              • Vorteile und Nachteile meiner Wohnsituation
              • Verschiedene Wohnsituationen
     • Lesen: Das Bauhaus

Strukturen im Kontext
         • A review of wohin and wo
         • Two-case prepositions
         • Stellen, legen, and hängen
         • Stehen, liegen, and hängen
         • More da-compounds
         • German an, auf, in, and English to
         • Two-case prepositions in time phrases
         • The genitive case
         • The interrogative pronoun wessen
         • Adjective endings with the genitive case
    Word order
         • Infinitive phrases
         • Infinitive phrases introduced by um

Wörter: Bedeutung, Form, Aussprache
    Wörter unter der Lupe
         • Compound nouns
         • Giving language color: expressions using house and furniture vocabulary

    Zur Aussprache
         • German s-sounds: st and sp
         • Using von + dative instead of the genitive
    Wortschatz 1
    Wortschatz 2

Kommunikationsziele und Kultur
    Andere Länder, andere Sitten
         • Talking about...
              • cultural differences
              • personal grooming
         • Ordering a meal in a restaurant
         • Describing people, places, and things
         • Im Gasthaus
         • Beim Schnellimbiss
         • Einkaufsgewohnheiten

Sprache im Kontext
         • Vor dem Restaurant
         • Im Gasthaus
         • Was ich gern esse und trinke
         • Hören: Wandern macht hungrig
         • Schreiben und Sprechen:
              • Ein Abendessen im Gasthof Fraundorfer
              • Wie war’s?
         • Lesen: Robert Kalina und der Euro

Strukturen im Kontext
         • Reflexive pronouns in the accusative case
         • Reflexive pronouns in the dative case
         • Reflexive pronouns used to express each other
         • Reflexive verbs
         • Relative clauses and relative pronouns
         • N-nouns

Wörter: Bedeutung, Form, Aussprache
    Wörter unter der Lupe
         • Predicting gender: agent nouns
         • Giving language color: more expressions using names of parts of the body  XXX
    Zur Aussprache
     • German s-sounds: voiced and voiceless s
         • Using modals verbs in reflexive constructions
    Wortschatz 1
    Wortschatz 2

Kommunikationsziele und Kultur
    Lust auf Lesen
         • Telling stories
         • Talking about...
              • history
              • your own past experiences
         • Describing people, places, and things
         • Vom Buch zum E-Buch
         • Zeitungen und Zeitschriften
         • Die Brüder Grimm

Sprache im Kontext
         • Der schlaue Student vom Paradies
         • Meine Lieblingslektüre
         • Hören: Es allen recht machen
         • Schreiben und Sprechen:
              • Ein neues Ende
             • Wir erzählen eine neue Fabel
         • Lesen: Der Hase und der Igel

Strukturen im Kontext
         • The simple past tense
          • Regular verbs
          • Irregular verbs
          • Mixed verbs
         • Wann, als, and wenn
         • The relative pronoun as object of a preposition
         • A review of adjective endings

Wörter: Bedeutung, Form, Aussprache
    Wörter unter der Lupe
         • Words as chameleons: als
         • Giving language color: expressions using names of animal
    Zur Aussprache
         • German f, v, and w
         • The past perfect tense
         • The simple past of separable-prefix verbs
         • Principal parts of verbs
         • Contradicting negative statements or questions
    Wortschatz 1
    Wortschatz 2

Kommunikationsziele und Kultur
    Geschichte und Gegenwart
         • Talking about recent German history and current events
         • Making resolutions
         • Describing people, places, and things
         • Expressing feelings and emotions
         • Die Berliner Mauer
         • Kleine deutsche Chronik: 1938 bis heute

Sprache im Kontext
         • Berliner Morgenpost, 13. August 1961
         • So war’s in der DDR
         • Hören: Eine Radtour in den neuen Bundesländern
         • Schreiben und Sprechen:
              • Ferienerlebnisse
              • Besuch in Berlin, der Hauptstadt Deutschlands
         • Lesen: Go West! (aus Zonenkinder)

Strukturen im Kontext
         • The passive voice
         • Mentioning the agent in a passive sentence
         • The past participle used as an adjective
         • Special verb-preposition combinations
         • Wo-compounds
Wörter unter der Lupe
         • Words as chameleons:  gleich
         • Predicting gender: the suffixes  -heit and -keit
    Zur Aussprache
         • The consonant clusters pf and kn
         • Using eigentlich and überhaupt  to intensify expressions
         • The future tense
    Wortschatz 1
    Wortschatz 2

Kommunikationsziele und Kultur
    So ist das Leben
         • Talking about...
              • relationships
              • equal rights for women and men
              • careers and family obligations
              • your dreams for the future
         • Expressing feelings
         • Expressing wishes, regrets, and polite requests and questions
         • Asking for and giving advice
         • Frauen im 21. Jahrhundert
         • Luxemburg

Sprache im Kontext
         • Eve
         • Wenn ich im Lotto gewinnen würde
         • Lesen: Meine Zukunft
         • Schreiben: Meine Zukunft
         • Hören: Karrieren
         • Sprechen
          • Traumberufe der deutschen Jugend
          • Unsere Traumberufe

 Strukturen im Kontext
         • Present-time subjunctive
         • Würde + infinitive
         • The subjunctive in wishes and polite requests
         • The subjunctive in polite questions
         • Past-time subjunctive
         • Haben and sein in past-time subjunctive
         • Genitive prepositions

Wörter: Bedeutung, Form, Aussprache
    Wörter unter der Lupe
         • The adjective suffix -los
         • The adjective suffix -bar
    Zur Aussprache
         • The glottal stop
         • Kommen and gehen in present-time subjunctive
         • The relative pronoun in the genitive case
    Wortschatz 1
    Wortschatz 2


    Information Gap Activities
    Expressions for the Classroom
    German Grammatical Terms
    Useful Word Sets
         • Studienfächer
         • Jobs und Berufe 
         • Hobbys und Sport
         • Musikinstrumente
         • Kleidungsstücke
         • Accessoires
         • Essen und Trinken
         • Länder und Sprachen
         • Persönliche Merkmale
         • Höfliche Ausdrücke
    Grammatical Tables
    Principal Parts of Irregular and Mixed Verbs
    German-English Vocabulary
    English-German Vocabulary


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