Foreign Service Institute German Basic Course

Table of Contents: Volume 1, Units 1 - 12

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Unit 1

Basic Sentences [mp3 1.1]
Wir sind in Deutschland
Numbers 1 - 12

Notes on Pronunciation [mp3 1.2]
A. Short vowels
B. Long vowels
C. Distinguishing Long and Short vowels
D. Diphthongs

Notes on Grammar (not recorded)
A. The German Noun-Classification ('Gender‘) System
B. The Pointing-Word das

Substitution Drill [mp3 1.2]
Variation Drill [mp3 1.3]
Translation Drill (not recorded)
Response Drill (not recorded)
Conversation Practice (not recorded)
Situations (not recorded)
Finder List (not recorded)


Unit 2

Basic Sentences [mp3 2.1]
In München
Bei der Passkontrolle und beim Zoll

Notes on Pronunciation [mp3 2.2]
A. Long and Short vowels
B. Diphthongs
C. Post-vocalic r
D. Pre-vocalic r (voiceless)

Notes on Grammar (not recorded)
A. Pronouns - Forms and Functions
B. The Principle of Substitution
C. Verb Forms and Functions - the Present
D. Hin and her

Substitution Drill [mp3 2.2]
Variation Drill [mp3 2.3]
Vocabulary Drill
Translation Drill (not recorded)
Response Drill (not recorded)
Conversation Practice (not recorded)
Situations (not recorded)
Finder List (not recorded)


Unit 3

Basic Sentences [mp3 3.1]
Stadtbesichtigung
Numbers 13 - 20

Notes on Pronunciation [mp3 3.2]
A. Pre-vocalic r in clusters
B. Pre-vocalic r after vowels and initially
C. The German l

Notes on Grammar (not recorded)
A. Introduction to Units 3 - 9
B. der-Type Specifiers
C. Nouns
D. Prepositional Phrases
E. Verbs
F. Word Order

Substitution Drill [mp3 3.2] [mp3 3.3]
Vocabulary Drill [mp3 3.4]
Variation Drill
Translation Drill (not recorded)
Response Drill (not recorded)
Conversation Practice (not recorded)
Situations (not recorded)
Finder List (not recorded)


Unit 4

Basic Sentences [mp3 4.1]
Im Konsulat
Numbers 21 - 50

Notes to the Basic Sentences
Notes on Pronunciation [mp3 4.2]
A. The German ich - sound
B. The German ach - sound

Notes on Grammar (not recorded)
A. ein-Type specifiers
B. Verb Phrases and Word Order
c. The words gern, lieber, am liebsten

Substitution Drill (Parts I, II, III) [mp3 4.2] [mp3 4.3]
Variation Drill [mp3 4.4]
Vocabulary Drill
Translation Drill (not recorded)
Response Drill (not recorded)
Conversation Practice (not recorded)
Situations (not recorded)
Finder List (not recorded)


Unit 5

Basic Sentences [mp3 5.1]
Herr Allen klingelt bei Herrn Wilson
Notes to the Basic Sentences
Notes on pronunciation
A. German ach
B. German s
C. German z

Notes on Grammar
A. Nouns and Specifiers (Plural and Genitive Forms)
B. Reflexive Pronouns

Substitution Drill
Part I
Part II
Part III
Part IV
Variation Drill
Vocabulary Drill
Translatlon Drill
Response Drill
Conversation Practice
Situations
Narrative
Finder List


Unit 6

Basic sentences
Telephongespräche
Notes to the Basic Sentences
Notes on Pronunciation
A. Some difficult clusters
B. Review of vowel contrasts

Notes on Grammar
A. Adjectives (Specifier—Adjective—Noun Sequences)
B. Time Expressions

Substitution Drill
Part I
Part II
Conversion Drill
Variation Drill
Vocabulary Drill
Translation Drill
Response Drill
Conversation Practice
Situations
Narrative
Finder List

Unit 7

Basic Sentences
Beim Einrichten
Numbers 101 - 1000

Notes to the Basic Sentences
Notes on Pronunciation
A. Vowels in Syllables Not Having Primary Stress
B. Review

Notes on Grammar
A. Adjectives — The Adjective-Noun Sequence
B. An Irregular Adjective - hoch
C. Summary of Two-Way Prepositions
D. Verbs - legen, liegen. stehen and stellen
E. Verbs - Review of Present

Substitution Drill
Part I
Part II
Part III
Variation Drill
Vocabulary Drill
Translation Drill
Response Drill
Conversation Practice
Situations
Narrative
Finder List


Unit 8

Basic Sentences
Beim Einkaufen
Notes to the Basic Sentences
Notes on Pronunciation
A. German ng and nk
B. Final -b, -d and -s
C. Final -m and -n
D. Unstressed final -en

Notes on Grammar
A. Speciflers and Adjectives
B. Adjectives with Dative
C. Word Order
D. Compound Nouns

Substitution Drill
Expansion Drill
Transformation Drill
Variation Drill
Vocabulary Drill
Translation Drill
Response Drill
Conversation Practice
Situations
Narrative
Finder List


Unit 9

Basic Sentences
Eine Fahrt in die Berge
Notes to the Basic Sentences
Notes on Grammar
A. Comparison of Adjectives and Adverbs
B. Quantity Adjectives
C. Verbs. The Future Phrase
D. Specifiers: jeder
E. Time Expressions

Substitution Drill
Part I
Part II
Conversion Drill
Variation Drill
Vocabulary Drill
Translation Drill
Response Drill
Conversation Practice
Situations
Narratives: I & II
Finder List


Unit 10

Basic Sentences:
Im Gasthof “Zum Weissen Hirsch"
Notes on Grammar
A. Word Order in larger Sentences
B. Ordinal Numerals
C. Prepositions with the Genitive
D. Telling Time
E. The Superlative Stem Meist-

Substitution Drill
Conversion Drill
Part I
Part II
Part III
Part IV
Variation Drill
Vocabulary Drill
Translation Drill
Response Drill
Conversation Practice
Situations
Narrative
Finder List


Unit 11

Basic Sentences
Ein Wochentag
Notes to the Basic Sentences
Notes on Grammar
A. Verb Forms in Familiar Speech
B. Pronouns and Possessive Words in Familiar Speech
C. The Auxiliary Verb lassen
D. Complex Verb Phrases
E. Derivative Nouns

Substitution Drill
Conversion Drill
Variation Drill
Vocabulary Drill
Translation Drill
Response Drill
Conversation Practice
Situations
Narrative
Finder List


Unit 12

Basic Sentences
Auf einer Gesellschaft
Notes to the Basic Sentences
Notes on Grammar
A. Verbs. Past Time
B. Verbs. The Perfect Phrase
C. Verbs. Past Participle forms
D. Verbs. Past Time continuing in the Present
E. Time Expressions

Substitution Drill
Conversion Drill
Variation Drill
Vocabulary Drill
Translation Drill
Response Drill
Conversation Practice
Situations
Narrative
Finder List



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