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1.“The Everything Learning German Book: Speak, Write and Understand Basic German in No Time” by Ed Swick

“The Everything Learning German Book” is for the basic German learner who wants to fluently ask about the beer selection at Oktoberfest. Learn simple phrases like Wie viel kostet der Käse? (How much does the cheese cost?) or Ich möchte ein Berliner, bitte (I want a Berliner, please).

The standout advantage in this book is the included CD for improving your pronunciation and listening to how native speakers use the German language. It comes with easy to understand exercises and everything from basic introductions to verb conversations.

The guide is not for the more advanced users, but if you just started in your quest for German fluency, it explains similarities between English and German to make your learning easier.
2. “Living German” by Ed Swick

There comes a point when flipping through flashcards just doesn’t cut it. You want to live the German language and immerse yourself in the culture, people and events. That’s where “Living German” comes in.

The comprehensive book puts a focus on brushing up on the current German you already know. It’s for interacting with people and living with your German knowledge and not just struggling through conversations.

Don’t go through the horrible experience of practicing your German and then fighting to find the right words in conversation. The book uses a traditional approach with grammatical foundations, translation skills and practical vocabulary. Its exercise key lets you check your answers, and the CD helps with alternating between talking and listening.

The key advantage is that the book offers real-world examples and dialogues that drop you into authentic German situations.

3. “German Made Simple: Learn to Speak and Understand German Quickly and Easily” by Eugene Jackson and Adolph Geiger

The “German Made Simple” book is the ideal option if you consider yourself a self-learner. It caters to learning the basics, but the goal is to pick up common phrases fast.

The popular book includes various reading exercises so you can flex your own translation muscles, and the pronunciation guide provides guidance on saying words the right way.

Common expressions are nice for the traveler in you, and the review exercises test your knowledge. Don’t forget to check the answers in the back when you’re done!
4. “Hammer’s German Grammar and Usage” (Fifth Edition) by Professor Martin Durrell

Here’s what all of you advanced German learners have been waiting for. “Hammer’s German Grammar and Usage” takes a deep look into German grammar to challenge intermediate and advanced learners. The grammar examples are taken from contemporary German, so your speaking relates to the world we live in today.

If you plan on writing in German, this guide is ready to assist, since it covers spelling reform and current spellings that have evolved over time to mean different things. The book maintains a clear format with lucid descriptions for you to imagine situations and items in your mind. It breaks down common usage forms, so you know exactly when to use certain words in the formal and informal forms.

A key component is the grammar reference area which allows you to check back in to see if you are using words properly.
5. “Living Language German”

For an all-in-one German language learning book, go with “Living Language German,” since it presents an easily digestible guide for everyone from beginners to advanced German speakers. It’s one of the more comprehensive options, where you can start with knowing nothing and graduate to a fluent speaker.

“Living Language German” is packaged with three books, nine audio CDs and an online training course, so you have the chance to learn through all mediums.

The reading and education materials are based on linguistic science, proven techniques, and over 65 years of experience. Not to mention, the publisher uses the trademarked Living Language Method, which includes four steps: Building a Foundation, Progress with Confidence, Retaining What You’ve Learned and Achieving Your Goals.
6. “Learn German with Stories: Café in Berlin” by André Klein

Reading a bunch of language guides gets repetitive, so why not dive into a few short stories written in German? The “Learn German with Stories: Cafe in Berlin” book is written for beginners, and it compiles 10 short stories to improve engagement and keep people motivated.

Learn about the German country and its people by following around intriguing characters, like a young man who just moved to Berlin from Sicily. The man encounters romances, strange living situations and more. The book provides intriguing plot lines and controversies, making the reader wonder how he will handle his language and figure out how to live in a new country without his family, friends and familiar surroundings.

You receive a nicely formatted table of contents to skip around to different stories, and the introduction explains how you should use the stories for your own learning, how to use the in-book dictionary and how the author came up with the stories.

Interacting with the heart of the German language takes practice, and your options are endless, from German audiobooks to online courses, but nothing beats a solid book. Not only can you find them for relatively cheap (and sometimes used), but many of the German books outlined above come in e-book format for those with tablets and Kindles.

That said, keep up the learning and integrate these books into your current training regimen. The authors are experts, and the books provide wonderful ways to have fun and learn about the German language.

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