Now I don't know anything about German but I want to learn German up to level C1. I plan to learn German alone as much as possible. So I'm looking for books to help me reach my goal. I intend to first learn about IPA (International Phonetic Alphabet) and phonetics. I found an excellent material about phonetic in the book "The German Language - A Linguistic Introduction" written by Jean Boase-Beier and Ken Lodge. I also found some sites that complement this material. After I learn about this I plan to read the book "Hammer's German Grammar and Usage". However I don't know what material I should learn after this book.

Researching I have seen that the Cornelsen books are excellent however they are not digitally available (I can't access the books through the Kindle, for example) and they come with CD's. I don't have any CD players.

Could you give me a collection of books (and tell me in which order I should read them) that will allow me to reach the desired level?

I intend to study this way because I believe that this is the most systematic way to learn German. I'm not interested in conversation right now, but at the right time I'll look for a teacher to practice conversation. My initial goal is to be able to read Mathematics, Physics, Biology and Chemistry books in German as fast as possible.

  • You may find this Q&A here interesting: german.stackexchange.com/questions/620/…
    – Takkat
    Commented Dec 19, 2018 at 14:03
  • @Takkat I'd like books like those "Studio" from the Cornelsen publishing house. But I won't use them because they come with CD's and aren't digitally available. Do you know of a collection similar to this one that meets these prerequisites? Thanks for the comment!
    – user35606
    Commented Dec 19, 2018 at 14:07
  • Perhaps you want give www.iwdl.de a try. That's a website by the German Adult Edcuation Association, as a virtual learning enivornment for learning German. It is free. It covers only levels A1, A2 and B1, but for a start it might be useful. Don't shy away from the pretty outdated graphic design... Commented Dec 19, 2018 at 14:37
  • @ChristianGeiselmann Thank you very much! I liked the site. I also found the books I was looking for. On Cornelsen's website I found the "Studio [21]" digitally available.
    – user35606
    Commented Dec 19, 2018 at 15:00
  • Did you see the question about resources for learning German already?
    – Arsak
    Commented Dec 19, 2018 at 23:17

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Most recent German language textbooks now come with some means to download audio data. Some offer it without any restrictions on the Internet (I think Hueber does this a lot), some have download address and an access code printed somewhere near the imprint (very very early in the book).

  • This certainly isn’t suited for a comment. If anything, it’s an answer.
    – Wrzlprmft
    Commented Dec 20, 2018 at 4:42