Reading German: A Course and Reference Grammar

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Here is TEXT 1A again. Can you read it now, without having to use the dictionary?Mehr als 100 Millionen Menschen sprechen Deutsch als Muttersprache. Aber nicht alle deutschsprechenden Leute wohnen in Deutschland. In Österreich, in einem Teil der Schweiz und in Liechtenstein spricht man auch Deutsch. Auβerdem findet man deutschsprachige Bevölkerungsgruppen in vielen anderen Ländern.
TEXT 2A
1. Natürlich spricht man die Laute der deutschen Sprache nicht Of course one does not pronounce the sounds of (the) German (language)
2. überall gleich aus. Selbst innerhalb Deutschlands everywhere (in) the same (way). Even within Germany
3. hat man schon immer viele verschiedene Dialekte gesprochen. one has always spoken many different dialects.
4. Deshalb können sogar Ausländer mit guten Deutschkenntnissen Therefore even foreigners with a good knowledge of German
5. nicht immer alles sofort verstehen, can not always understand everything straight away,
6. und manchmal gibt es echte Kommunikationsschwierigkeiten. and sometimes there are real communication problems.

2.1 Word Order (2)

Note the word order in these sentences from the above text:

I II III IV
Natürlichsprichtman die Laute... nicht überall gleichaus.
... innerhalb hatman... viele verschiedene Dialektegesprochen.
Deutschlands
Deshalbkönnen... Ausländer... nicht alles...verstehen.

The words which appear at the end of these sentences must be read together with the finite verb in position II.

If you have not already read R3 and R4, do so now before moving on to a detailed look at the above examples in the next section.


2.1.1 Separable Verbs
II IV
Natürlichspricht man die Laute... nicht überall gleichaus.

Of course one does not pronounce the sounds... in the same way everywhere.

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Table of contents

Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Authors' Preface vii
  • Contents ix
  • About This Book x
  • Part I - Reading Course 1
  • List of Chapter Topics 3
  • 1 9
  • 2 14
  • 3 22
  • 4 30
  • 5 38
  • 6 44
  • 7 51
  • 8 58
  • 9 65
  • 10 73
  • 11 80
  • 12 89
  • 13 94
  • 14 98
  • 15 104
  • 16 110
  • Key to Coursebook Exercises 117
  • Part II - Reference Section 131
  • List of Topics 133
  • Key to Further Exercises 321
  • Part IV - German-English Text Corpus 335
  • List of Texts 336
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