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A No-Frills Approach to Reading and Writing German

Book 1


by Eugene R. Moutoux

This is the first book of a four-book series. Please let me know what you like and what you dislike. Suggestions and questions are also welcome. Thanks, and good luck.



Chapter 1 Present tense, regular

Present tense of sein and haben

Chapter 6 Prepositions with dative objects
Chapter 2 Declension of singular nouns with definite articles

Chapter 7 Personal pronouns (dative, accusative)

Special declension: der Mensch

Chapter 3 Declension of singular nouns with indefinite articles

Direct objects

Predicate nominatives

Special declension: der Junge

Present tense of heißen

Romantic Interlude 2: Little Red Riding Hood

Chapter 4 Present tense of verbs with vowel changes

Present tense of tun


Chapter 8 Prepositions with accusative objects

Making suggestions

Present tense of wissen

Romantic Interlude 1: Cinderella

Chapter 9 Plural forms of nouns

Plural declensions with definite articles

Plural declensions with ein-words

Chapter 5 Possessive adjectives

Declension of ein-words in the singular

Chapter 10 Present tense of modal auxiliary verbs

Use of gern

  Glossary: German to English
  Glossary: English to German
  Grammar Appendix


Graphics by Tom Moutoux



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