Alexander Haldane, 728 pages
Banner of Truth
With carefully structured method targets, this course introduces only the most important German vocabulary and grammar and gets you speaking straight away. The learning programme aims to take only 35 minutes a day for six weeks and has fewer than 400 words to be learnt. The grammar has been pared down to the bare bones and is explained in simple English so you will not get bogged down by unnecessarily complicated structures that will not need.