13 Best German Language Instruction

List Updated June 2020

Bestselling German Language Instruction in 2020


The Everything Learning German Book: Speak, write, and understand basic German in no time

The Everything Learning German Book: Speak, write, and understand basic German in no time
BESTSELLER NO. 1 in 2020
  • Adams Media Corporation

German Vocabulary (Academic)

German Vocabulary (Academic)
BESTSELLER NO. 2 in 2020
  • 1000 cards
  • Tabbed by topic

German Vocabulary (Quickstudy Reference Guides - Academic)

German Vocabulary (Quickstudy Reference Guides - Academic)
BESTSELLER NO. 3 in 2020
  • Used Book in Good Condition

German All-in-One For Dummies

German All-in-One For Dummies
BESTSELLER NO. 4 in 2020

German: A Self-Teaching Guide

German: A Self-Teaching Guide
BESTSELLER NO. 5 in 2020

Living Language: German 2018 Day-to-Day Calendar

Living Language: German 2018 Day-to-Day Calendar
BESTSELLER NO. 6 in 2020

German: Short Stories for Beginners + German Audio: Improve your reading and listening skills in German. Learn German with Stories (German Short Stories Book 1)

German: Short Stories for Beginners + German Audio: Improve your reading and listening skills in German. Learn German with Stories (German Short Stories Book 1)
BESTSELLER NO. 7 in 2020

Pimsleur German Conversational Course - Level 1 Lessons 1-16 CD: Learn to Speak and Understand German with Pimsleur Language Programs

Pimsleur German Conversational Course - Level 1 Lessons 1-16 CD: Learn to Speak and Understand German with Pimsleur Language Programs
BESTSELLER NO. 8 in 2020
  • Used Book in Good Condition

Drive Time German: Beginner Level

Drive Time German: Beginner Level
BESTSELLER NO. 9 in 2020

German: How to Speak and Write It (Dover Language Guides German)

German: How to Speak and Write It (Dover Language Guides German)
BESTSELLER NO. 10 in 2020

Pimsleur Swiss German Level 1 CD: Learn to Speak and Understand Swiss German with Pimsleur Language Programs (Compact)

Pimsleur Swiss German Level 1 CD: Learn to Speak and Understand Swiss German with Pimsleur Language Programs (Compact)
BESTSELLER NO. 11 in 2020
  • Used Book in Good Condition

Living Language German, Complete Edition: Beginner through advanced course, including 3 coursebooks, 9 audio CDs, and free online learning

Living Language German, Complete Edition: Beginner through advanced course, including 3 coursebooks, 9 audio CDs, and free online learning
BESTSELLER NO. 12 in 2020

German Short Stories for Beginners and Intermediate Level: 11 Humorous Short Stories to Grow Your German Language Skills, Vocabulary & Learn German the Easy Way

German Short Stories for Beginners and Intermediate Level: 11 Humorous Short Stories to Grow Your German Language Skills, Vocabulary & Learn German the Easy Way
BESTSELLER NO. 13 in 2020

Tools for Learning German on Your Own

Whether you want to learn German for travel, business or cultural experience it can be a daunting task on your own especially if you want to be fluent.

Listening Techniques

The most important aspect of learning German is learning to listen to and understand the language. The best way to do this is to hear the words spoken while looking at a visual representation of the word or action. The website Live Mocha takes this approach for all its courses. This technique uses the right brain's ability to understand and remember pictures as well as the left brain's language ability to connect the two making it easier to remember the words than if you were looking at the word while listening to it.

German Courses

There are hundreds of language courses which promise to guide their users to fluency in impossibly short amounts of time. However, there are no shortcuts when it comes to learning a new language just as there weren't any when you learned your first. Learning a new language takes practice and time. There are some courses which are better at helping your learning process along than others. Live Mocha is a free online language website which combines listening, reading and writing practice with games such as matching words to meanings or pictures to spoken words.

If you're looking for an offline course you can take with anywhere the Living Language series is more traditional consisting of a dictionary, a course book and three CD's which can be used together or separately. The course can be bought in installments of beginner, intermediate and advanced or all at once in a bigger set. If you want a course that combines pictures, words and translations at a beginners level try the Instant Immersion 51 Languages CD ROM. It's one of the cheapest and gives a great overview of the basics of German like words for food and travel. Regardless of which method you choose a dictionary should be the first thing you buy for learning German. Carry it with you everywhere and look up objects you see or words you use everyday.

Using Movies

German films are some of the most creative in the world and using them to learn will not only give great insight into how the language is used in everyday situations but also the modern culture of Germany. Watching a foreign language film will help you to formulate questions about the language like why some words have multiple meanings. Finding the answers to these questions will increase your vocabulary much faster than relying solely on lists and dictionaries. German films can be found in the foreign section of any rental store.

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