Sai Emrys wrote: > So, looks like I'll need to know some. Right now, all I know is yes, > no, thanks, you're welcome, and "I don't speak German". :-P > > TBH I'm not that interested in really learning German fully (I've done > my fair share of L2s to last me a while, I think), but if there's > something I can swallow in about a week that'd get me from zero to at > least moderately communicating, I'd appreciate it. German is the easiest natlang I've ever studied. Learn Grimm's Laws and you'll quickly be able to identify cognates. That will help a lot with vocabulary. Learning the simple present and past of verbs is fairly easy. The the toughest for me has always been the case inflections. > Recommendations? Usually what I go for is linguisticy stuff that > values long-term deep understanding over short-term usability, and I > don't really know what's good quality on the other end of things. For quick usuability without all that deep understanding, I've found Berlitz' materials to be the best.