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Is there anything one could recommend to get rid of the most common mistakes the non-native German speakers make?

I love the "Is That What You Mean?" series by Pinguin which features very nice pictures illustrating every mistake:

Is That What You Mean?

It would be best to find something similar for German language. Images are not mandatory, but they are a very helpful visual aid for memorizing these mistakes and avoiding them.

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What I learned just now: the correct form is "Try phoning Michael". (I took me some time to understand the cartoon.) – Hendrik Vogt Feb 26 '12 at 14:27
@HendrikVogt: So nice of you to mention that. I did try and didn't get the point and was shy to ask! – user508 Feb 26 '12 at 17:03
@Hendrik: Ah, you're right. Not knowing whether there was some context missing I thought it had something to do with "trying to reach so." – musiKk Feb 27 '12 at 10:56
@HendrikVogt As long as you figured it out on your own there are high chances that you'll never forget it ;-) – Alexander Galkin Mar 1 '12 at 10:36
@Alexander: Indeed! That's also why I didn't provide more explanation - leave something to figure out :-) – Hendrik Vogt Mar 1 '12 at 11:14
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Are you looking for something about idiomatic language, or mistakes in general? If the latter, I think you'd enjoy 50 Ways to Improve Your German, it's very light and easy to read (alas, not many cartoons).

For something more comprehensive, 1001 Pitfalls in German is pretty well-known.

Hope that helps!

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