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If you've made it through basic grammar and are starting a vocabulary, but school German did nothing to prepare you for actually USING it, this book is for you. Essential vocabulary words used in sentences that you can use with real humans will get you accustomed to speaking it. The words in this book combined with a good tourist phrasebook will prepare you for a visit to a German-speaking country. DO practice the sentences out loud!
This is a useful tool for beginners since it lists the most commonly used words. I especially like that it doesn't just give the German word and its English equivalent, it also demonstrates the use of the word in a sentence - with an English translation. The one thing that I would suggest to make it better would have been an alphabetical listing of the words cross-referencing to their number. The authors say that the words are numbered by their frequency of use in common media and I don't dispute that. But I think a bit of editing of the content would have made the book even better. The inclusion of vulgarity makes it unsuitable for children (and I think also for people who are just beginning to learn German) and a few of the words included in the book are just peoples names (like Robert and Martin). Names may appear frequently in media, but they are not German words. It doesn't hurt that they are in the books, except that if you are limiting yourself to 2000 words, then the words should be German, not names that are the same in any language. Still as I said, the book is a helpful learning tool.
It's good but there are some typos and they have two entries for names of people around words 1,200 or so, not to complain, but those aren't really true German words. The other 1,998 entries are good though. I'd recommend this to anyone that learned German in the past and needs a refresher after a decade or two of non-usage. For beginners, you'll probably need to learn the basics before diving into something this (the CIA says it takes 4,400 hours of study to learn a language, so expect a book like this to be only a .01% part of that language learning journey). Having said that, I enjoyed the book, found it extremely helpful and would recommend it.