Practical English Usage by Michael Swan was the book I used when I was learning English. I would like to have a similar book for German, since it contained a lot of common mistakes made by non-native speakers, as well as good explained grammar.

  • What is your level in German. It is above intermediate, I would suggest you Hammer's German Grammar and Usage. When I learnt German, it helped me a lot. Commented Nov 18, 2016 at 12:31
  • Actually, no. I need a book similar to the one I mentioned. Its concept is to go throughout the most common mistakes, and to explain them. So, a lot of grammar, but moreover, a lot of explanation of language usage.
    – blackarrow
    Commented Nov 18, 2016 at 20:19
  • The book is from Oxford university press (as the OALD) so I think it's not too localized but a pretty standard book.
    – Janka
    Commented Nov 19, 2016 at 3:19
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    For those who want to know what's in there: ielts-house.net/Ebook/Vocabulary/…
    – Janka
    Commented Nov 19, 2016 at 3:21
  • Very cool book -- I'd also be interested in a version for German for myself when I am advanced enough :-)
    – Eric
    Commented Feb 15, 2017 at 8:11

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Searching for häufige fehler deutsch fremdsprache surfaced some nice links. They are not books, but a nice start. I find that normally knowing what search terms to enter in Google makes all the difference.

I hope those help.




As for common mistakes, you might consider getting "1001 Pitfalls in German." It is out of print, but still easy to find. I own the variant for French, which covers topics like confused words, false friends, and other, well, pitfalls.

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