Deutsch: Na klar! An Introductory German Course (Student Edition)

Deutsch: Na klar! engages students with its unique integration of authentic materials and targeted listening and speaking activities, contemporary culture and communicative building blocks, providing the tools they need to build a solid foundation in introductory German.

Communicative Competence supports the communicative goals of the course by engaging students with authentic materials in print, audio, and video and puts the students into the kinds of situations they would encounter in any German-speaking environment. The program has been carefully designed to get students to communicate in a controlled way at first, then in a progressively more open-ended fashion, on a variety of topics that affect their own lives.

Cultural Competence: Deutsch: Na klar! engages students in cross-cultural comparisons and analysis, express opinions, summarize, and synthesize texts, and narrate events, throughout the program. The cultural program’s meaningful and extensive exploration of the German-speaking world is fully supported in Connect German through audio and video resources and interactive activities.

Mobile Tools for Digital Success: Connect German, is McGraw-Hill Education’s digital teaching and learning environment, and is now mobile enabled for tablets, allowing students to engage in their course material via the devices they use every day. The digital tools available in the Connect German platform facilitate student progress by providing extensive opportunities to practice and hone their developing skills. These learning opportunities include online communicative activities, instant feedback, peer-editing writing tools, sophisticated reporting, and a complete eBook with embedded audio, video, and grammar tutorials. Connect is the only integrated learning system that empowers students by continuously adapting to deliver precisely what they need, when they need it, and how they need it, so that class time is more engaging and effective. McGraw-Hill Education’s Connect is sold separately and does not come automatically with the purchase of the textbook.

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Kapitel 1 Das bin ich

Wörter im Kontext

Persönliche Angaben

Sprach-Info: Stating one’s height

Sich erkundigen

Sprach-Info: The particle denn

Sprach-Info: Ways to say to study

Eigenschaften und Interessen

Sprach-Info: Using gern

Grammatik im Kontext

Nouns, Gender, and Definite Articles

Personal Pronouns

The Verb: Infinitive and Present Tense

Use of the Present Tense

Sprach-Info: Using infinitives as nouns

The Verb sein

Sprach-Info: The prefix un-

Word Order in Sentences

Asking Questions

Word Questions

Yes/No Questions


Kapitel 2 Wie ich wohne

Wörter im Kontext

Auf Wohnungssuche

Sprach-Info: The indefinite article einen

Sprach-Info: Attributive and predicate adjectives

Möbelsuche auf dem Flohmarkt

Sprach-Info: The negative article kein

Sprach-Info: The definite article den

Was wir gern machen

Sprach-Info: Recognizing verbs with stem-vowel changes

Sprach-Info: Turning down an invitation

Grammatik im Kontext

The Verb haben

The Nominative and Accusative Cases

The Indefinite Article: Nominative and Accusative

The Definite Article: Nominative and Accusative

The der-Words dieser and welcher

Sprach Info: The definite article as a demonstrative pronoun

Negation: nicht and kein

Verbs with Stem-Vowel Changes

The Plural of Nouns

Sprach-Info: Gender-inclusive nouns in writing


Kapitel 3 Familie und Freunde

Wörter im Kontext

Ein Familienstammbaum

Sprach-Info: Using Stief-, Halb-, or Ur-

Der Kalender: Die Wochentage und die Monate

Sprach-Info: Stating when using am and im

Sprach-Info: Ordinal numbers

Feste und Feiertage

Sprach-Info: Using nämlich

Grammatik im Kontext

Possessive Adjectives

Personal Pronouns in the Accusative Case

Prepositions with the Accusative Case

The Verb werden

The Verbs kennen and wissen


Kapitel 4 Mein Tag

Wörter im Kontext

Sprach-Info: Common SMS texting abbreviations

Die Uhrzeit

Sprach-Info: The 24-hour clock

Sprach-Info: Asking when using Um wie viel Uhr?

Pläne machen

Sprach-Info: Indicating periods of the day

Sprach-Info: How to say that you do something regularly

Kino, Musik und Theater

Sprach-Info: Using ins or in die

Grammatik im Kontext

Separable-Prefix Verbs

The Sentence Bracket

Modal Auxiliary Verbs

The Present Tense of Modals

Sprach-Info: The pronoun man

The Imperative

Formal Imperative

Particles and bitte with the Imperative

Informal Imperative


Kapitel 5 Einkaufen

Wörter im Kontext


Sprach-Info: The expression es gibt

Beim Einkaufen im Kaufhaus

Sprach-Info: Expressing opinions about clothing using gefallen, passen, and stehen

Sprach-Info: Stating that something is too much using zu with an adjective

Lebensmittel: Essen und Trinken

Sprach-Info: Time adverbs like zuerst and dann

Grammatik im Kontext

The Dative Case

Personal Pronouns in the Dative

Articles and Possessive Adjectives in the Dative

The Dative Case for Indirect Objects

Verbs with a Dative Object Only

Prepositions with the Dative Case

Interrogative Pronouns wo, wohin, and woher


Kapitel 6 Wir gehen aus

Wörter im Kontext


Sprach-Info: Making suggestions: Lass uns doch …

Die Speisekarte, bitte!

Im Restaurant

Grammatik im Kontext

Two-Way Prepositions

Describing Location

Describing Placement

Sprach-Info: Sitting down: sich setzen

Sprach-Info: What’s been stated in print: Das steht …

Expressing Time with Prepositions

Expressing Events in the Past

The Simple Past Tense of sein and haben

The Simple Past Tense of Modals


Kapitel 7 Freizeit und Sport

Wörter im Kontext


Sprach-Info: Saying how often you do something

Freizeit und Vergnügungen

Jahreszeiten und Wetter

Grammatik im Kontext

Connecting Ideas: Coordinating Conjunctions

Expressing a Contrast: aber vs. sondern

Expressing Events in the Past: The Present Perfect Tense

Weak Verbs

Strong Verbs

The Use of haben or sein as an Auxiliary

Mixed Verbs

Past Participles of Verbs with Prefixes

Expressing Comparisons: The Comparative

Sprach-Info: The particle noch

Expressing Equality

Sprach-Info: The adverb genauso


Kapitel 8 Wie man fit und gesund bleibt

Wörter im Kontext

Fit und gesund

Der menschliche Körper

Sprach-Info: Expressing how you’re feeling


Grammatik im Kontext

Connecting Sentences

Subordinating Conjunctions

Indirect Questions

Reflexive Pronouns and Verbs

Verbs with Accusative Reflexive Pronouns

Verbs with Reflexive Pronouns in the Accusative or Dative

Expressing Reciprocity


Kapitel 9 In der Stadt

Wörter im Kontext

Unterkunft online buchen

Sprach-Info: Interpreting abbreviations concerning lodging

Im Hotel

Ringsum die Stadt

Grammatik im Kontext

The Genitive Case

Proper Names in the Genitive

Prepositions with the Genitive

Attributive Adjectives

Adjectives after a Definite Article

Sprach-Info: Using two or more attributive adjectives

Adjectives after an Indefinite Article

Adjectives without a Preceding Article

Adjectives Referring to Cities and Regions


Kapitel 10 Auf Reisen

Wörter im Kontext

Ich möchte verreisen

Im Reisebüro

Sprach-Info: Compound adjectives with –stündig, tägig, -wöchig, and –monatig

Eine Fahrkarte, bitte!

Grammatik im Kontext

Expressing Comparisons: The Superlative

Attributive Adjectives in the Comparative

Attributive Adjectives in the Superlative

Adjectival Nouns

Narrating Events in the Past: The Simple Past Tense

Weak Verbs

Strong Verbs

Mixed Verbs

Sprach-Info: The conjunction als

The Past Perfect Tense


Kapitel 11 Der Start in die Zukunft

Wörter im Kontext

Meine Interessen, Wünsche und Erwartungen


Stellenangebote und Bewerbungen

Grammatik im Kontext

Future Tense

Expressing Probability

Describing People or Things: Relative Pronouns and Relative Clauses

The Interrogative Pronoun was für (ein)

Negating Sentences

Summary: The Position of nicht

Negation: noch nicht / noch kein(e); nicht mehr / kein(e) … mehr


Kapitel 12 Haus und Haushalt

Wörter im Kontext

Finanzen der Studenten

Unsere eigenen vier Wände

Unser Zuhause

Grammatik im Kontext

Verbs with Fixed Prepositions

Prepositional Objects: da-Compounds

Asking Questions: wo-Compounds

The Subjunctive

Espressing Requests Politely

The Present Subjunctive II: haben, warden, können, mögen

The Use of würde with an Infinitive

Expressing Wishes and Hypothetical Situations

The Present Subjunctive II: Strong and Weak Verbs

Sprach-Info: The expression an deiner Stelle

Talking about Contrary-to-Fact Conditions

The Past Subjunctive II


Kapitel 13 Medien und Technik

Wörter im Kontext



Leben mit Technik

Grammatik im Kontext

Infinitive Clauses with zu

Sprach-Info: The verbs brauchen and scheinen

Infinitive Clauses with um … zu and ohne … zu

Indirect Discourse

Subjunctive I: Present Tense

Subjunctive I: Past Tense


Kapitel 14 Die öffentliche Meinung

Wörter im Kontext

Globale Probleme


Grammatik im Kontext

The Passive Voice

Formation of the Passive Voice

Expressing the Agent

Expressing a General Activity

The Passive with Modal Verbs

Use of man as an Alternative to the Passive

The Present Participle