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A COMMON SENSE

GUIDE TO ENGLISH

FOR

FOREIGNERS.

BY

DR. OSCAR WEINECK.

NEW YORK:

F. W. CHRISTERN,

DYRSEN & PFEIFFER, Successors,

254 FIFTH AVE.

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PRE FACE.

This book is the result of twenty years' experience in teaching English to foreigners in Evening Schools.

The class of students attending these schools is of the most varied character. The college student and the farmer's boy, the Russian, the Swede, and the German are often crowded into one class, especially in smaller cities, where the different nationalities can not be taught separately.

The method of teaching can, therefore, not be adapted to the special needs of one or the other of the above classes, but must occupy a middle ground, and, consequently, must be very simple and illustrative.

The best results have always been realized from object lessons directly given in English. But at this point the great obstacle, that retards substantial progress, was the fact that the teachers treated their subject too much at random and in an illogical way, thereby often confusing the pupils.

The method adopted in this book is that of Gouin. This scholar developes the subject in such a logical order, that the pupil is enabled from the

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