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PRACTICAL AND EASY METHOD

OF LEARNING

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GERMAN LANGUAGE.

RY

F. AHN,

DOCTOR OF PHILOSOPHY AND PROFESSOR AT TIIE COLLEGE OF NEUSS.

FIRST COURSE.

SECOND AYERICAN FROM THE EIGIITII LONDOY EDITION,

NEW YORK:
D. APPLETON AND COMPANY

549 & 551 BROADWAY.

Eduet 1918, 97, 130

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PREFACE.

Learn a forcign language as you iearn your mother longue : 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 amusement.

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.

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TABLE
OF THE GERMAN DECLENSIONS.

ARRANGED

By Dr. MARTIN WEISS,

FROM THE UNIVERSITY OF BERLIN, LATE FRENCH AND GERMAN MASTER AT TIL

ROYAL COLLEGE DUNGANNON.

Almost every German Grammar used in England states a different number of Declensions. Dr. NeHDEN 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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