Higher Education

German for Reading Knowledge, 7th Edition

  • Richard Alan Korb Columbia University
  • ISBN-10: 1133604269  |  ISBN-13: 9781133604266
  • 336 Pages
  • Previous Editions: 2009, 2005, 1998
  • © 2014 | Published
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Overview

The seventh edition of JANNACH'S GERMAN FOR READING KNOWLEDGE gives students in the humanities, arts, and social sciences a basic knowledge of German so they can begin to read specialized literature in their respective fields. Step-by-step grammar-translation explanations and practice provide motivated, research-oriented learners with a rapid bottom-up method to encode German; new features and online chapter-reading guides encourage top-down, reader-based strategies for global understanding and further extensive reading.

Features and Benefits

  • Exercises and readings build on and recycle grammar and vocabulary from chapter to chapter in ways that encourage attention to individual words and functions, as well as to the importance of using a dictionary effectively.
  • The variety of topics reflects multiple facets of contemporary German-language cultures, promoting interpretive thinking, reflecting, guessing, and further reading from a wide range of academic fields.

Table of Contents

KAPITEL 1. GENDER OF GERMAN NOUNS.
Present and Past Tenses of the Verb sein (to be). Interrogatives. Cognates and Loanwords. Learning German Vocabulary. Übungssätze. Im Kontext/Im Wörterbuch. Aller Anfang ist schwer.
KAPITEL 2. CASE: NOMINATIVE AND ACCUSATIVE.
Infinitive. Present Tense of Regular Verbs. Present Tense of the Verb haben (to have). Cardinal vs. Ordinal Numbers. Übungssätze. Im Kontext/Im Wörterbuch. Johann Sebastian Bach: Seine Musik und seine Familie.
KAPITEL 3. DATIVE.
Genitive. Plural of Nouns. N-nouns. Past Tense of Weak Verbs and of haben. Übungssätze. Im Kontext/Im Wörterbuch. Leben des Galilei: Ein Theaterstück in fünfzehn Bildern von Bertolt Brecht.
KAPITEL 4. INDEFINITE ARTICLES.
Kein and Other ein-Words. Irregular Forms in the Present Tense of Strong Verbs. Personal Pronouns. Agreement of Pronoun and Antecedent. Es gibt there is, there are. Compound Nouns. Ordinal Numbers. Übungssätze. Im Kontext/Im Wörterbuch. Kurze Geschichte der deutschen Hochschulen.
KAPITEL 5. DIESER- WORDS.
Simple Past Tense of Strong Verbs. Irregular Weak Verbs. Present and Simple Past Tense of werden (to become). Word Order. Übungssätze. Im Kontext/Im Wörterbuch. Erzbistumsstadt Magdeburg.
Wiederholung 1: Deutschland.
KAPITEL 6. PREPOSITIONS.
Idiomatic and Special Meanings. Contraction of Prepositions. Prepositions Following Nouns or Pronouns. Indefinite Pronouns: man, jemand, niemand. Using the Dictionary. Übungssätze. Im Kontext/Im Wörterbuch. Digitales Da Vinci.
KAPITEL 7. PERFECT TENSES.
Meanings of the Perfect Tenses. Seit + Present Tense = have been + -ing. Past Participles. Word Order. Übungssätze. Im Kontext/Im Wörterbuch. Die Anfänge Bertolt Brechts.
KAPITEL 8. MODAL AUXILIARIES EXPRESS MODALITIES.
Conjugation of the Modals. Modals and the Dependent Infinitive. Perfect Tenses of Modals. Übungssätze. Im Kontext/Im Wörterbuch. Was ist Aufklärung?"
KAPITEL 9. ADJECTIVE ENDINGS.
Information from Adjective Endings. Adverbs. Verbs with Inseparable and Separable Prefixes. Adjectives Used as Nouns. Recognizing Singulars and Plurals of Nouns. Übungssätze. Im Kontext/Im Wörterbuch. Dioramenmaler: Der nicht so gut bekannte Schinkel.
KAPITEL 10. PRESENT PARTICIPLE.
Participles Used as Adjectives and Adverbs. Meanings of Present and Past Participles. Past Participle Used with sein to Express State of Being. Participles Used as Nouns. Infinitives Used as Nouns. Übungssätze. Kontext/im Wörterbuch. Der Bär: Stadtsymbol und Naturphänomen
Wiederholung 2: Die Bewohner Österreichs
KAPITEL 11. COMPARISON OF ADJECTIVES AND ADVERBS.
Exceptional Comparisons. Recognition of Comparatives and Superlatives. Special Uses of the Comparative and Superlative. Comparatives and Superlatives Used as Nouns. Übungssätze. Im Kontext/Im Wörterbuch. Menschen mit HIV und AIDS.
KAPITEL 12. FUTURE TENSE.
Future Perfect Tense. Future Tenses Used to Express Probability. Three Uses of werden. Selbst, selber. Übungssätze. Im Kontext/Im Wörterbuch. Die Welternährungskrise
KAPITEL 13. PASSIVE VOICE.
Present and Past Tenses of the Passive Voice. Perfect Tenses of the Passive Voice. Infinitive of the Passive Voice. Future Tense of the Passive Voice. Future Perfect of the Passive Voice. Übungssätze. Im Kontext/Im Wörterbuch. Frauen werden verzweifelt gesucht
KAPITEL 14. REFLEXIVE PRONOUNS.
Reflexive Verbs. Position of the Reflexive Pronoun in Main Clauses. Suffix -er. Suffix -in. Übungssätze. Im Kontext/Im Wörterbuch. Die Hessen im amerikanischen Freiheitskrieg.
KAPITEL 15. COORDINATING CONJUNCTIONS.
Subordinating Conjunctions. Learn to Differentiate. Wenn auch, auch wenn (even if, even though, even when). "False Friends". Übungssätze. Im Kontext/Im Wörterbuch. Der Zeppelin im Ersten Weltkrieg.
Wiederholung 3: Paracelsus.
KAPITEL 16. RELATIVE PRONOUNS.
Recognizing Relative Clauses. Welch- as Relative Pronoun, Indefinite Pronoun, and Interrogative Pronoun. Case of Relative Pronoun Indicates Function. Was as a Relative Pronoun. Übungssätze. Im Kontext/Im Wörterbuch . Karl Mays Amerikabild und –reise.
KAPITEL 17. DOUBLE INFINITIVES.
Lassen. Objective vs. Subjective Meanings of Modal Auxiliaries. Übungssätze. Im Kontext/Im Wörterbuch. Größter Raubsaurier in Patagonien entdeckt.
KAPITEL 18. WER AND WAS USED AS INTERROGATIVE AND RELATIVE PRONOUNS.
Verb-First Constructions. Feminine Noun Suffixes. Übungssätze. Im Kontext/Im Wörterbuch. Robert Schumanns Partitur wiedergefunden.
KAPITEL 19. DEMONSTRATIVE PRONOUNS.
Other Demonstratives. Suffixes -bar and -lich. Suffixes -los, -fach, and -mal. Übungssätze. Im Kontext/Im Wörterbuch. Buchbesprechung Wiederholung 4: Im wilden, wilden Westen blühte die Fantasie.
KAPITEL 20. INFINITIVES WITH ZU.
Idiomatic Prepositional Phrases. Ist (war) + zu + Infinitive. Übungssätze . Im Kontext/Im Wörterbuch. Der Neue Deutsche Film.
Kapitel 21.
Extended-Adjective Constructions. Recognizing Extended-Adjective Constructions. Translating Extended-Adjective Constructions. Participial Phrases. Übungssätze. Im Kontext/Im Wörterbuch. Am Anfang war die Draisine.
KAPITEL 22. OTHER TYPES OF EXTENDED-ADJECTIVE CONSTRUCTIONS.
Extended Adjectives plus Unextended Adjectives. Multiple Extended Adjectives. Additional Extended-Adjective Constructions. Übungssätze. Carl Ossietzky: Vom Idealismus getragene Leidenschaft.
KAPITEL 23. DA(R)- COMPOUNDS.
Wo(r)- compounds. Hier- compounds. Adverbs of Direction in Prepositional Phrases. Introductory es Not the Real Subject. Es in Idiomatic Expressions. Clauses without a Subject -es Implied. Übungssätze. Die Kunst und die Kirche.
KAPITEL 24. SUBJUNCTIVE.
Subjunctive II. Suppositions of Conditions Contrary to Fact. Wenn- Clauses or Result Clauses Standing Alone. Als ob, als wenn (as if, as though). Übungssätze. Im Kontext/Im Wörterbuch . Das Attentat zu Sarajewo.
KAPITEL 25. SUBJUNCTIVE I.
Subjunctive I in Indirect Discourse. Indirect Questions. Other Uses of Subjunctive I. Idiomatic Meanings of Subjunctive Modals. Special Uses of Subjunctive I. Übungssätze.
Im Kontext/Im Wörterbuch. Ein Maler, der Spuren malt: Cy-Twombly-Retrospektive in Berlin
Wiederholung 5: Über die Familie Mendelssohn.

What's New

  • The seventh edition includes an introduction to students and instructors on how to use this book, as well as reading tips on learning vocabulary and using a dictionary.
  • There is earlier coverage of high-frequency structures such as personal pronouns (now chapter 4), perfect tenses (now chapter 7), modal verbs (now chapter 8); and other changes meant to enhance the learning experience.
  • About one-third of the sentences have been replaced with paragraphs to achieve a gradual easing into excerpts of authentic texts.
  • A dictionary feature is included in each grammar section.
  • Updated online reading-comprehension guides “Leitfragen” with pre-reading, reading, and post-reading activities for the 25 "Lesetexte" also are on the companion website. All website links suggesting further reading are regularly reviewed and updated.
  • Clear grammar explanations are focused on non-speaker perceptions and approaches to negotiating meaning.

Meet the Author

Author Bio

Richard Alan Korb

Richard Alan Korb received his Ph.D. in Germanic Literature from the University of Pittsburgh in 1988. He has been teaching at Columbia University in New York City since 1994. As senior lecturer and German language program director, he specializes in pedagogy and teacher training, offering elementary, intermediate, and advanced German courses for undergraduates.