on 17 June 2009
I wonder whether this book has been republished under another name - it is so useful, and I have recommended it to so many people, that it is a real shame it is difficult to get hold of!
The book works on the principle that the majority of what is spoken and written uses relatively few words. Therefore it concentrates on building your vocabulary through themed lists giving translated examples of usage - prioritised into your first 1,000 words (the most commonly used) and your second 1,000.
This means you learn not only the common nouns and verbs but all those mystifying little words that you can tend to gloss over a bit.
Of all the German books I have tackled this has been the best to boost my confidence and cement my knowledge. It's quite a good format for using on the bus, too - laid out into two columns, so that it is easy to test yourself.