German Grammar Drills

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<em>German Grammar Drills</em> by Ed Swick&nbsp;does indeed provide the drills that its title promises, but the exercises could be better at developing skills and encouraging retention.</p>
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There is just too much mindless repetition.&nbsp;For example, in Exercise 129 you are given an infinitive phrase, such as <em>können gut Mundharmonika spielen</em>&nbsp;(to be able to play the harmonica well), and then told to conjugate that with&nbsp;<em>ich</em>&nbsp;(meaning "I") in the present, past, present perfect, and future tenses. Then there are nine more questions structured just like that, each with a new phrase and a new pronoun, but still, with every question you are repeating the same vocabulary four times, with the same subject four times, and with the same four tenses.</p>
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It is dull and doesn't do enough to promote learning. <em>German Grammar Drills</em> needs to mix it up more! (Effective pedagogy demands variety.)</p>
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In addition, there are too many exercises for which answers can't&nbsp;be checked, because multiple answers--sometimes infinite answers--are possible. That is really annoying, and really unnecessary. This is a self-help guide; construct the exercises so I can help myself, please.</p>
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Note: I used the 2007 version of <em>German Grammar Drills</em>. A second edition came out in 2012, and that one I haven't seen.&nbsp;</p>

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