After being out of school for quite awhile, you start to forget a lot of things about the constructions of sentences in your own language that you really have to know to begin learning another language. This book quickly refreshes your memory and then dives right into the German language. Just what I needed.
Then come the language pitfalls. I found this book very good in giving you condensed rules of thumb for every topic that a native English speaker tends to have problems with. I particularly like the way that they gave about 5 different examples and their English equivalent to highlight the points they are trying to make.
The book also alerts you easier ways to recognize the meaning of German words to help build your vocabulary. Like German "d" is English "th". Or German b is English "f". So, German "dieb" is English "thief". If I had to say something bad about the book it would be that the books contents are lay! ed out a bit messy, but not enough to get you to toss it in a corner.
Table of contents:
Parts of speech
1 Adjectives and Adverbs
2 Cases, Articles, Der- and Ein- Words
8 Word order and Sentence Structure
9 Punctuation and Division into Syllables
10 Numbers, Measurements, Time Expressions
12 Vocabulary Building, Confusions, Regional