''The limits of my knowledge are the limits of my language.''

German, How to Speak and Write It., Jose Rosenberg, Published by Dover.
This is a fun book, despite the fact that the original text is over 30 years old. The illustrations have been updated! New vocabulary is presented in an interesting way, which enables the same pages to be studied over and over again with minimal boredom, and the lesson plan proceeds in a coherent manner. It is easier to learn to read a language than to speak it, and this is an excellent introduction.

Berlitz German., audio cassette. Even if all you want is to learn to read the language, it helps if you know how the language is pronounced. Your local library will probably have the extensive (and otherwise expensive) 6-cassette and 12-cassette courses put out by language schools, however, this little cassette is fine for popping into your Walkman while you go for a jog.

501 German Verbs: Fully Conjugated in All the Tenses, paperback, 526 pages. I love books like these, lists upon lists of words. It's fun to page through them and pick out words you want to learn. Lists of unrelated words don't remain learned very long, the idea is to choose groups of words that you're using in your other lesson plans. Nevertheless it is fun just to browse through the thing!

1001 Pitfalls in German (1001 Pitfalls Series), paperback, 303 pages. Another favorite book. Even if you're a beginner, you should get this book. At the very least you'll learn some new vocabularly, and if something is puzzling you about German grammar, this is the place to see it 'in action.'

2001 German and English Idioms. Like I said, I love books like these. 'Idioms' and 'slang' are always changing. 'Literal' translations of an idiomatic phrase sometimes don't make a great deal of sense - so this book is extremely important to have to keep you from giving up in frustration on certain occasions!

21st Century German-English English-German. If you're already trying to learn German, chances are you've already got a dictionary. But 'pocket' dictionaries are not the way to go - you should buy the most comprehensive, college-level dictionary, as-thick-as possible that you can. Those cost $20-40, and eventually you'll want one of those, but try this one first.

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