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Bought my textbook for my first German college class tomorrow!

Hallo! I start my first German class tomorrow at school, very excited. I went through my textbook and was surprised that I knew a very great deal of the book. After many months of studying German, Duolingo has done me well! I look forward to all that is to come!

August 20, 2015

19 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/Hafu.glindia.59

Go you! That's sounds awesome! Good luck in your class. :)

August 20, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/wanderingtiger

Thank you! :)

August 20, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/Hafu.glindia.59

You're welcome. :)

August 20, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/AlexinNotTurkey

Which textbook was it? I am curious. :)

August 20, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/wanderingtiger

The book is called Kontakte, by Tschirner. It's a nice textbook!

August 20, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/AlexinNotTurkey

Aaaah, Kontakte. I go way back with that one. It taught me how to read and write German a couple of years back :)

August 20, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/wanderingtiger

Great! I can't wait!

August 20, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/territrades

How much did you pay for it? I just googled the book and was overwhelmed by the whopping price tag. But I guess that's normal in the US?

August 20, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/shelby-gabrielle

Now I haven't looked this specific book up, but, yes, paying anywhere from $50-$200 is normal. American textbook prices are crazy. You can sometimes get them for a tad less if you buy a used one or rent a textbook, not much, but every penny counts! :)

August 20, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/G.P.Niers

The reason American textbook prices are often astronomical is a complete failure of the market in textbook publishing. A given school usually has very little real power or motivation to select a book with a good price / quality ratio. Normally, publishers of new books first lobby the biggest states, particularly Texas, throwing huge amounts of money at useful politicians and at the same time asking them if they think parts of the books need to change. Because of all kinds of reasons, including educational standards, books that failed in the big states no longer being widely available, inertia and uninspired me-too-ism, other states tend to follow suit. The publishers can then pretty much charge whatever they want.

I recently read a newspaper report about a textbook writer dying a millionaire, while most of his readers had trouble making ends meet when they had to buy the book.

August 22, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/wanderingtiger

It was $232. A lot of money, but it covers 2 classes I'm going to take. So it can't be too bad.

I wasn't, however, able to rent it. :( they were all new. I usually do rent the books, though. Great way to save money.

August 20, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/territrades

That's five to ten times more expensive than a comparable book in Germany.

August 21, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/Carolyn250

How exciting for you! I hope you really enjoy it, and good luck on your studies!

August 20, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/wanderingtiger

Thank you! It's today, I'm excited.

August 20, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/PolyglotCiro

Congratulations!

August 20, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/wanderingtiger

Thanks, man!

August 20, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/Lorel90

Congratulations! good luck

August 20, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/wanderingtiger

Vielen dank! Wie geht es dir?

August 20, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/PumpedUpKickz

Good luck!

August 20, 2015
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