Vorsprung An Introduction to the German Language and Culture for Communication, Updated Edition

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  • Edition: 1st
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  • Copyright: 2001-09-25
  • Publisher: Heinle
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This introductory German program stresses authentic language material and the practice of communicative skills. Students are stimulated to learn through pair work, realia-based activities, and a continuous story line. Throughout the text, students follow the same tale of an American traveling through Germany. The story is supported by communicative activities, grammar recycling, corresponding chapter objectives and themes, and four-color images. In addition,Deutsch im Berufbusiness segments present German in a work environment.

Table of Contents

Kapitel eins: Fangen Sie bitte an!
Annas Altraum Strukturen und Vokabeln
Understanding commands and requests
The imperative:
Formation of the formal imperative; Wissenswerte Vokabeln: Aktivitaten im Klassenzimmer
The word bitte
Annas Traum; Brennpunkt Kultur: Greetings and farewells Strukturen und Vokabeln
Describing yourself and others
The verb sein (to be); subject pronouns
The pronoun you: Brennpunkt Kultur: Titles of address
Asking for someone's name.
The verb heisen
Wissenswerte Vokabeln: das Alphabet; Wissenswerte Vokabeln: die Zahlen
Wissenswerte Vokabeln: Aussehen
Asking for information and clarification
Question formation:
Information questions
Yes/no questions
Identifying People and Classroom Objects
Noun gender: Wissenswerte Vokabeln: der Houml;rsaal;
The nominative case: definite articles der, die, das; Wissenswerte Vokabeln: die Farben;
The nominative case: indefinite articles: ein-words; Wissenswerte Vokabeln: Nationalitaten: Brennpunkt Kultur: Where German is spoken;
The nominative case
Pronoun substitution Kapitel zwei: Familie und Freunde Anlauftext: Anna Adler stellt sich vor; Wissenswerte Vokabeln: Annas Familie; Brennpunkt Kultur: German immigration to North America Strukturen und Vokabeln: Wissenswerte Vokabeln: die Familie und die Verwandten
Indicating possession or ownership
The verb haben: Sprache im Alltag: Abbreviated ich-forms of verbs; Sprache im Alltag: Expressions with the verb haben; Wissenswerte Vokabeln:Studienfauml;cher
Expressing what you like and don't like
The expression gern haben
Describing actions
Present tense of regular verbs
Conjugation of regular verbs in the present tense
Present tense equivalents in English and German;
Formulating yes/no questions in the present tense
Talking about what you like and don't like to do
Verbs + the adverb gern:
Present tense of verbs with gern;
Position of gern and nicht gern
Talking about what you have and don't have
The accusative case:
Definite and indefinite articles;
Masculine N-nouns; Sprache im Alltag: uuml;berhaupt kein Absprungtext: Anna schreibt ein Fax: Wissenswerte Vokabeln: die Monate.
Strukturen und Vokabeln
Creating variety and shifting emphasis
Position of subject and verb: Wissenswerte Vokabeln: die Wochentage; Wissenswerte Vokabeln: Zeitausdruuml;cke; Wissenswerte Vokabeln: die Uhrzeit
Describing daily activities
Regular present-tense verbs with separable prefixes
Wissenswerte Vokabeln: Onkel Hannes' Alltag
Expressing negation. Position of nicht
Talking about how much and how many
Use of quantifiers Zieltext: Ein Fax kommt an Kapitel drei: Was gibt es in Heidelberg und Mannheim zu tun? Anlauftext: Was halten wir von Anna? Was hauml;lt sie von uns? Sprache im Alltag: Assumptions with bestimmt, sicher, wohl; Brennpunkt Kultur: Mealtimes in German-speaking countries Strukturen und Vokabeln
Describing activities
Present tense of stem-changing verbs: Sprache im Alltag: Phrases with es gibt, was gibt es?, and was gibt's?
Expressing relationships or ownership
Nominative of possessive adjectives
Expressing additional and contrastive information and justifications
Coordinating conjunctions
Stating personal preferences
The particle lieber
Expressing what you would like to do
The modal verb mouml;chte. Wissenswerte Vokabeln: Lebensmittel; Brennpunkt Kultur: The metric system; Sprache im Alltag: Use of the metric system Absprungtext: Heidelberg und Mannheim
Brennpunkt Kultur: Heidelberg and Mannheim Strukturen und Vokabeln
Expressing possibilities
The modal verb kouml;nnen
Wissenswerte Vokabeln: Freizeitaktivitauml;ten
Referring to people and things
Accusative pronouns
Talking about people and things you know
The verb kennen
Expressing relationships or ownership
Accusative of possessive adjectives
Talking about more than one item
Noun plurals Zieltext: Fahren wir nach Heidelberg oder nach Mannheim? Deutsch im Beruf
Employment in the tourist industry Kapitel vier: Unterwegs Anlauftext: Mutters Ratschlauml;ge. Brennpunkt Kultur: Studienmouml;glichkeiten in Deutschland Strukturen und Vokabeln: Wissenswerte Vokabeln: das Gepauml;ck
Telling friends or relatives to do something
The informal imperative
The du-imperative
The ihr-imperative
Particles with the imperative
Inclusive suggestions: the wir-imperative
Expressing ability, fondness, and expected obligation
Expressing ability: kouml;nnen
Expressing fondness and desire: mouml;gen and mouml;chte;
Expressing expected obligation: sollen Absprungtext: Sicherheitsinfo Nr. 8: Fahrrad fahren: Brennpunkt Kultur: Fahrschule und Fahrrad fahren Strukturen und Vokabeln
Expressing permission, prohibition, necessity, and strong desire
Expressing permission: duuml;rfen;
Expressing necessity: muuml;ssen;
Expressing strong desire: wollen; Brennpunkt Kultur: Mit der Bahn fahren; Wissenswerte Vokabeln: Eigenschaften
Expressing spatial movement, the recipient of something, opposition, and omission
Prepositions with the accusative Zieltext: Endlich unterwegs!: Brennpunkt Kultur: Frankfurt am Main Kapitel fuuml;nf: Freundschaften Anlauftext: Die Geschichte von Tante Uschi und Onkel Hannes; Sprache im Alltag: Article with first names; Brennpunkt Kultur: Hansestadt Hamburg Strukturen und Vokabeln
Talking about past events
The conversational past
The auxiliaries haben and sein
Past participles
Prefixes of past participles
Past participles of sein and haben; Wissenswerte Vokabeln: das Wetter Absprungtext: "Ein Freund, ein guter Freund ... das ist das Schouml;nste, was es gibt auf der Welt"; Brennpunkt Kultur: Bekannte versus Freunde; Wissenswerte Vokabeln: Freundschaft und Liebe; Sprache im Alltag: Expressing fondness or love
Expressing what you know and don't know
The verbs keenen and wissen.
Subordinate clauses with ob and dass
The subordinating conjunction dass
The subordinating conjunction ob
Giving reasons
Subordinate clauses with weil
Positioning information in a German sentence
Features of German word order
Subject-verb inversion
Two-part placement of German verbs
Verb forms at the end of a subordinate clause
Talking about activities that continue from the past into the present
Present tense verbs with schon, seit, and erst Zieltext: Ein Gesprach mit Opa und Oma Kunz Kapitel sechs: Willkommen in Tuuml;bingen Anlauftext: Anna zieht im Wohnheim ein; Wissenswerte Vokabeln: das Studentenzimmer; Sprache im Alltag: Expressions with animals; Brennpunkt Kultur: Wo Studenten wohnen Strukturen und Vokabeln
Expressing the beneficiary or recipient of an action
The dative case:
The dative case: personal pronouns
The dative case: the question word wem;
The dative case: definite and indefinite articles and possessive adjectives
Indicating location
Dative of location: in der, im/in dem, in deb: Wissenswerte Vokabeln: ein Einfamilienhaus; Brennpunkt Kultur: Tubingen Absprungtext: Am Kopierer: Brennpunkt Kultur: Auslander in Deutschland Strukturen u
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