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Mis Maria & Mr. Mumay

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PRACTICAL AND EASY METHOD

OF LEARNING

THE

GERMAN LANGUAGE.

BY

F. AHN,

DOCTOR OF PHILOSOPHY AND PROFESSOR AT THE COLLEGE OF NEUBA

FIRST COURSE.

SECOND AMERICAN FROM THE EIGHTH LONDON EDITION.

NEW YORK:

D. APPLETON & CO., 443 & 445 BROADWAY

1868.

Educ. 1718.68.128

NARYAAD COLLEGE LIBRARY

BY EXCHANGE FROM
NEW YORK STATE LIBRARY
FEB 27 1932

PREFACE.

Learn a foreign language as you learn your mother tongue: this is in a few words the method which I have adopted in this little work. It is the way that nature her. self follows, it is the same which the mother points out in speaking to her child, repeating to it a hundred times the same words, combining them imperceptibly, and succeeding in this way to make it speak the same language she speaks. To learn in this manner is no longer a study, it is an amuse

ment.

Supposing the pupil to have learned his own language by principles, I thought it proper to add a few rules, which will serve to shorten the course and render the progress

more secure.

THE AUTHOR.

TABLE

OF THE GERMAN DECLENSIONS.

ARRANGED

By Dr. MARTIN WEISS,

FROM THE UNIVERSITY OF BERLIN, LATE FRENCH AND GERMAN MASTER, AT THE ROYAL COLLEGE DUNGANNON.

Almost every German Grammar used in England states a different number of Declensions. Dr. NŒHDEN whose Grammar is in every respect unquestionably the best, has attempted to reduce the number of Declensions to four, and I think most successfully. But German Grammarians have not adopted his system. WENDEBORN who tries to imitate the Latin gives five Declensions, whilst Dr. RENDER in his anxiety to smooth the way to the learner, has made appear an absurd doctrine of one Declension. In Germany itself Grammarians follow either ADELUNG or KLOPSTOCK. The system of the former being the best and offering the least confusion to the student. I have tried in the following table to arrange the Declensions of all German Nouns upon ADELUNG'S plan.

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