As society becomes more and more international in nature, knowing how to say at least a few words in other languages becomes more and more useful. Inexpensive airfares make travel abroad a more realistic option. Global business environments necessitate overseas travel. You may even have a few friends and neighbours who speak other languages. Or you may want to get in touch with your heritage by studying a little bit of the language that your ancestors spoke.
Whatever your reason for wanting to master some German, this book can help. We’re not promising fluency, but if you need to greet someone, purchase a ticket, or order off a menu in German, you need look no further than German Phrases For Dummies.
This book isn’t a class that you have to drag yourself to twice a week for a specified period of time. You can use German Phrases For Dummies however you want to, whether your goal is to master some words and phrases to help you get around when you visit Germany (or any other German-speaking country), or you just want to be able to say “Hello, how are you?” to your German-speaking neighbor. Go through this book at your own pace, reading as much or as little at a time as you like. You don’t have to trudge through the chapters in order, either; just read the sections that interest you.
Note: If you’ve never taken German before, you may want to read Chapters 1 and 2 before you tackle the later chapters. They give you some of the basics that you need to know about the language, such as how to pronounce the various sounds.