A Practical Dictionary of German Usage by K. B. Beaton

By K. B. Beaton

This publication is largely an elevated and up-to-date model of the vintage "Dictionary of German Synonyms" by means of B.K. Farrell, one among my all-time favourite language books. The books proportion a few awesome similarities and i'm incorporating my assessment of that booklet during this review.

Recently in my German dialog type I remarked whatever to the influence that each time I make a presentation to a wide workforce i'm grateful that "am mindestens ist es auf Englisch" that's, "at least it truly is in English," my local tongue. My teacher, a local speaker of German, instinctively corrected my use of the time period "am mindestens," asserting that I must have stated "am wenigstens ist es auf Englisch," but if requested, she discovered that even if she was once convinced "am wenigstens" will be right, she could not quite clarify why.

I evidently grew to become my previous trustworthy "Dictonary of German Synonyms", one in every of my favourite language books, for rationalization. the excellence is seemingly that "am mindestens" could be used essentially with particular numerical quantities, equivalent to for instance "I drank at the very least 2 liters of Gluhwein final night." I say "apparently" as the clarification in Farrell's booklet is admittedly a piece cryptic.

Much extra transparent is the more moderen and bigger (and costlier) "A sensible Dictionary of German utilization" by way of K.B. Beaton. the 2 books are tremendous related. Farrell was once a Professor of German on the collage of Sydney and his e-book used to be released by way of Cambridge collage Press. Beaton was once a Senior Lecturer in German reports on the college of Sydney and his booklet is released by means of Oxford college Press. Why the college of Sydney often is the middle of English language examine in German synonyms is a interest, but when no longer Sydney, Australia, the place should still they be studied?

Beaton recognizes Farrell's pioneering paintings within the box yet in actual fact believes it used to be already old-fashioned through the Nineteen Sixties. in the event you can in simple terms have the funds for one e-book, i assume i might suggest the dearer Beaton, yet regardless of the similarities I nonetheless locate Farrell's older paintings extra readable. If not anything else, Farrell's ebook is much less unwieldy and more straightforward to learn for pleasure.

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After all phr. used as adv. 1. After, afterwards. i. The equivalent of the prep. after when this refers to a sequence in importance, in order, or in place, and especially to one in time, is nach. A sequence in order of importance: Nach Hamburg ist München die größte Stadt der Bundesrepublik. Nach dem Hauptmann kommt der Major. Nach Monika ist Ulrich der beste Schüler in der Klasse. Nach mir bist du an der Reihe. A sequence of places: Oldenburg ist die nächste Station nach Delmenhorst. Time: Nach dem Essen gehen wir spazieren.

I. Wieder, nochmal, and noch einmal are interchangeable in many pos. sents. Wir mußten nochmal/wieder/noch einmal von vorn anfangen. Wann kommst du wieder mal/nochmal/noch einmal nach Hannover? ) Ich mußte die ganze Geschichte nochmal/noch einmal/wieder erzählen. Er hat mit 70 Jahren nochmal/noch einmal/wieder geheiratet. Da haben Sie aber nochmal Glück gehabt, daß Sie sich nichts gebrochen haben. Keiner schien ihn gehört zu haben. Da rief er noch einmal, nur lauter. Wir waren zwar beim ersten Versuch gescheitert, aber es war keine Frage, daß wir es nochmal versuchen würclen.

Angry/furious'. Jmd. gerät in Wut or in Harnisch or geht auf die Palme, gets angry or in a rage. Ich war so wütend, daß ich hätte zuhauen können. Er äußerte sich wütend über den Dorfklatsch. Es wurde behauptet, seine Ehe sei zerrüttet. Die Wut des Volkes richtete sich gegen den Diktator. Daß man diesem unzuverläßigen Kerl einen Vertrauensposten gegeben hat, kann auch den ruhigsten Menschen in Harnisch bringen. Der kann einen wirklich auf die Palme bringen mit seinem dauernden Dazwischengerede. Sag' ihm doch endlich mal, daß er sich zu Wort melden soll!

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