Sag mal

An introduction to German language and culture

Sag mal

An introduction to German language and culture

Christine Anton, Tobias Barske, Jane Grabowski, Megan McKinstry

© 2014 hardcover | 9 x 10 7/8 inches | online vText available
12 units | 2 semesters | 615 pages


An introduction to German language and culture

Christine Anton, Tobias Barske, Jane Grabowski, Megan McKinstry

© 2014 hardcover | 9 x 10 7/8 inches | online vText available
12 units | 2 semesters | 615 pages


The introductory German program you have been waiting for! Ideal for a 2- or 3-semester course, Sag mal presents vocabulary and grammar as tools for effective communication and emphasizes contemporary culture as integral to successful language acquisition. The program’s fully-integrated text, technology, and media supports teaching and learning, all while bringing German language and culture to life. Features include:

  • A wealth of print and digital communicative activities that give vocabulary and grammar practice while reinforcing previously learned concepts
  • Organized structure of text complimented by contemporary, vibrant art makes reading accessible and easy to navigate
  • Partner Chat and Virtual Chat activities throughout each lesson for oral practice and synchronous communication
  • Groundbreaking, text-specific technology with powerful course management tools and a simplified user experience
  • Integration of an engaging, episodic Fotoroman video—shot on location in Berlin—presents key grammar, vocabulary, and cultural themes
  • Authentic TV clips and short films that expose students to contemporary German-language culture
  • High-interest literary and cultural readings
  • Live Chat to connect with students in real time, without leaving your browser:
    • Video chat
    • Audio chat
    • Instant messaging
  • vText—the interactive, online version of the textbook—that links directly with Supersite practice activities, audio, and video—perfect for hybrid courses
  • iPad®-friendly* Supersite and vText for on the go access
    *Students must use a computer for audio recording and select presentations and tools that require Flash or Shockwave.

What can you expect in each lesson? Check out all the themes below.

For more details, download this Table of Contents

Sag mal

  1. Kapitel 1: Hallo! Wie geht's?
  2. Kapitel 2: Schule und Studium
  3. Kapitel 3: Familie und Freunde
  4. Kapitel 4: Essen
  5. Kapitel 5: Feiern
  6. Kapitel 6: Trautes Heim
  7. Kapitel 7: Urlaub und Ferien
  8. Kapitel 8: Verkehrsmittel und Technologie
  9. Kapitel 9: Gesundheit
  10. Kapitel 10: Stadtleben
  11. Kapitel 11: Beruf und Karriere
  12. Kapitel 12: Natur

For Students

Student Edition with Supersite Access
ISBN: 978-1-61767-965-0 Hardcover
Loose-leaf format upon request.
Student Activities Manual Workbook
ISBN: 978-1-61767-951-3 Paperback
Student Activities Manual includes Workbook, Video Manual & Lab Manual
Student Activities Manual Answer Key
ISBN: 978-1-61767-952-0 Paperback

For Instructors

Annotated Edition
ISBN: 978-1-61767-950-6 Hardcover
Fotoroman DVD
ISBN: 978-1-61767-953-7 DVD
Supersite Full Access
Free code to adopting instructors
Includes online course management, assessment, instructor resources, and online communication tools

Contact your Modern Language Specialist for package and Supersite configurations.

Sample lesson
• Every Sag mal unit is enhanced by a range of activities, audio, and media. From a dramatic series to documentaries and authentic TV clips, learning is reinforced to make German come to life. Watch a video clip below to see firsthand how our integrated text and technology support students at every step.

Video Highlights

  • Video


    Students see and hear native German speakers using lesson vocabulary and grammar in this engaging, episodic video series. Filmed on location in Berlin with a European cast and production team, Fotoroman follows four students over the course of a school year.
    Learn more about Fotoroman.

Supersite Technology

A new generation of language-learning technology

Powerful tools for customized course management, along with the integrated content that improves learning and fosters enjoyment.

Focused uniquely on world language, with robust features that speak to your needs. How do we know? Feedback from our 20,000 language instructors and 1 million language students.

Simplified experience so you can navigate the site easily, have flexible options, and quickly sort a wealth of information.

Learn more about this new generation of language-learning technology.

  • For instructors
  • A gradebook to manage rosters, assignments, and grades
  • Time-saving auto-graded activities, plus question-by-question and automated spot-checking
  • A communication center for announcements, notifications, and help requests
  • Downloadable digital image bank (PDF), pre-made syllabi and lesson plans (RTF), Testing Program (RTF)
  • Instructor Resources (answer keys, audio-video scripts, translations, grammar powerpoints)
  • Online administration of quizzes and exams, now with time limits and password protection
  • Tools to add your own content:
    • Create and assign Partner Chat and open-ended activities
    • Upload and assign videos and outside resources
  • Single sign-on feature for integration with your LMS
  • Ability to copy all assignments from a previous course
  • Option to hide activity time estimates from students
  • Ability to reorder assignments as seen on student dashboard
  • Add your own customized notes to the existing activity content:
    • Sidebar notes—comment on overall activity
    • In-line notes—comment on particular question or part of activity
  • Lab and Testing Audio Program MP3 files
  • Live Chat for video chat, audio chat, and instant messaging
  • Voiceboards for oral assignments, group discussions, and projects
  • vText—the online, interactive text

  • For students
  • Textbook activities—online
  • Additional activities for extra practice
  • Enhanced feedback to guide students to improve comprehension and grades
  • Streaming video for all video programs, with instructor-controlled subtitles and translations
  • Chat activities for conversational skill-building and oral practice:
    • Video Partner Chat—work with a partner online to record and submit an activity
  • Internet search activities
  • Recorded readings
  • Textbook and Lab audio MP3s
  • Online dictionary
  • Pronunciation practice
  • An online Student Activities Manual (WebSAM) with audio record-submit activities and auto-grading for selected activities
  • vText—the online, interactive student edition

Our Supersite and Supersite Plus access levels offer you a choice: contact your Modern Language Specialist to explore which level is right for you.