Complete German: Teach Yourself (Englisch) Taschenbuch – 28. Dezember 2012
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Paul Coggle has taught German at all levels, from school to postgraduate, both in Britain and the USA. Heiner Schenke has taught German at university level for many years. He currently teaches at Westminster University.
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A exemple: It only talk about Nebensätze (subordinate clauses) on the last 2 chapters while this is an topic for A2 level. Not to mention that it is limited to the use of "dass...". No "deshalb", "trotzden", "damit", "dafür", etc...
So, if you are a newcomer and has no purposes such as proficiency exams etc... This book will be great for you. You will be able to read and understand a lot of things. But, if you ALREADY studied German, and need to be prepared for the B1, I strongly recommend this one:
From what I've seen on other polyglots' videos, the German Teach Yourself books have gone through some major facelift in 2010, and the 2013 edition has inherited the paper quality, colors and pictures. Personally, those are no more than frills - all these pictures take up space and add nothing to the content. However, by comparing to a video review I saw from the 2010 edition, I could see that they removed the full-page pictures, which is a "step back in the right direction", and either added content to those pages (tips about the culture) or, less likely, just reorganized the content. I'm looking forward for other opinions on this, as I don't have another edition at hand.
Now, Amazon advertises it as if it came with two Audio CDs, but it comes in fact with a single MP3 CD. Not a problem at all in my opinion, but it should be advertised accordingly - the box comes with the correct information.
Regarding the method itself, I like it so far. It doesn't try to take you by the hand and explain everything, and you often come across phrases that aren't explained in the book, but that you can infer meaning.
So far, I can easily recommend this. I just wish they got rid of all the useless pictures.
Here are some very important tips to study the German language through this book: In the introduction chapter the authors recommend studying the book/audio files for only 30 minutes per day. This is an absolutely important advice that you must adhere to. Don't try to binge study a new language in a few nights. This is not like watching your favorite show on Netflix on binge mode. If you try binge studying you will struggle. I'd suggest you study no more than one chapter every two days. There is a total of 23 chapters. I'd also highly encourage you to go back and re-read and re-listen to the audio files approximately every seven chapters. This will really help you retain works and the context of sentences of the new language. Listen to the audio files at least three times every two days for that one chapter that you are studying. The last piece of very important advice would be start making German part of your life as much as possible as advised by the authors. Add a German keyboard on your smartphone. Read German newspapers or books online as much as you can. Remember studying a new language is not a destination for a person new to the language. It is a journey, so treat it like one and you will succeed.