The Best German Textbooks

This is our list of the best German textbooks available on Amazon. How did we compile this list? Over the years, these are the texts that are consistently recommended by our German tutors. If you are a new Strommen student, please consult with your tutor about which German textbook to buy.

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Best German textbooks for beginners

Ultimate German Beginner-Intermediate (Coursebook) (Ultimate Beginner-Intermediate) Revised & enlarged Edition

This deluxe course has everything you need to learn German from scratch or to revive the German that you learned years ago. Ultimate German combines conversation and culture in an easy-to-follow, enjoyable, and effective format. It’s the perfect way to learn German for school, for travel, for work, or for personal enrichment.


Why we like it: The best route to learning German starts with a solid grounding in the basics–and that’s exactly what Easy German Step-by-Stepprovides. You won’t find a lot of pointless discussions; instead, you get a unique step-by-step approach to learning German, with important concepts linked together by clear explanations, appropriate exercises, and helpful answers.

LEARN German (The Fast and Easy Way)

Updated with helpful facts and tips for international travelers, this new third editions of Learn German the Fast and Fun Way is suitable as language teaching book for adults as well as for older children. It instructs beginners in the basics of reading, writing, understanding, and speaking German.

German Made Simple: Learn to Speak and Understand German Quickly and Easily

Whether you are studying the language in school, planning a trip to Germany or Austria, or trying to learn the basics of the language closest to English, German Made Simple is the perfect book for any self-learner. Void of all nonessentials and refreshingly easy to understand, German Made Simple includes:

• Basics of German grammar
• Modern German vocabulary
• German pronunciation guide
• German reading exercises
• German economic information
• Common German expressions
• Review exercises
• Complete answer key
• German-English dictionary 

Learn German With Stories: Café in Berlin - 10 Short Stories For Beginners

Using simplified sentence structures and a very basic vocabulary you can build upon, this German reader of 10 short stories for beginners is carefully crafted to allow even novice learners to fully immerse themselves in an authentic German learning experience.Each chapter comes with a complete German-English dictionary with special emphasis on collocative phrases (high frequency word combinations), short sentences and expressions designed for improved memorization.

MENSCHEN B1 Kursb. AR (L.alum.) (German Edition) Paperback – April 1, 2019

MENSCHEN A1.2 Kursb. AR (L.alum.) (German Edition) Paperback – October 22, 2019

MENSCHEN A2.1 Kursb. AR (L.alum.) Paperback

MENSCHEN A2.2 Kursb. AR (L.alum.) Paperback

Best intermediate German textbooks

Kontakte: A Communicative Approach (Student Edition) 6th Edition

Practice Makes Perfect German Verb Tenses, 2nd Edition

If you’re looking for help memorizing German verb conjugations, any German verb book will do. But if you are interested in becoming fluent, you’ll need to learn how these building blocks are used in everyday, natural language. That’s where Practice Makes Perfect: German Verb Tenses comes in.

You will, of course, get plenty of practice, practice, practice using your new verb selection and conjugation skills. Whether you are learning on your own or taking a beginning German class, Practice Makes Perfect: German Verb Tenses will help you master German in no time at all.

Practice Makes Perfect German Pronouns and Prepositions, Second Edition (Practice Makes Perfect Series) 2nd (second) edition

This new edition in the successful Practice Makes Perfect series, Practice Makes Perfect: German Pronouns and Prepositions offers a detailed examination of these two essential aspects of grammar, which language learners need to master to communicate with confidence. Learners of a foreign language often have difficulty with these areas because the usage of pronouns or prepositions rarely translates directly from English to the new language. Thus, language learners need much more practice in the areas of pronoun and preposition usage than is provided in general grammar books.

This book provides clear explanations of the usage of pronouns and prepositions, followed by practical examples illustrating and clarifying each point. Extensive and varied exercises provide ample opportunity to practice. Answers to all questions are provided at the back of the book, providing immediate feedback.

Practice Makes Perfect German Sentence Builder 2nd Edition

You’ve learned the fundamentals of German grammar, like spelling, word meanings, and parts of speech. Now it’s time to take the next step and put them all together to communicate complete ideas. Practice Makes Perfect German Sentence Builder, Second Edition guides you through the process of putting the “parts” of German together correctly, from connecting words into clauses to writing original sentences to creating whole paragraphs. You’ll get where you want in no time through Practice Makes Perfect’s systematic, crystal-clear approach to building sentences.

T. A. Lovik's,J. D. Guy's, M. Chavez's Vorsprung 2nd(second) edition (Vorsprung: A Communicative Introduction to German Language and Culture [Hardcover])(2006)

MENSCHEN B1.2 Kb+DVD-ROM (alum.) (German Edition) Paperback – April 15, 2014

MENSCHEN B1 Kursb. AR (L.alum.) (German Edition) Paperback – April 1, 2019

Best advanced German textbooks

German Grammar Drills (English and German Edition) Bilingual Edition

For learning grammar, you’ll find the most success in retaining your skills through drills, drills, and more drills. German Grammar Drills reinforces yourknowledge and enhance your ability to read, write, and speak in German. This book introduces essential grammar concepts, with practical examples to demonstrate their correct usage. You will flex your grammar muscle with the exercises included in each section.

Additional resources

Begegnungen: Kurs- Und Arbeitsbuch A1

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Schritte Plus: Kurs- Und Arbeitsbuch 1 MIT Audio-CD Zum Arbeitsbuch (German Edition)

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