I'm traveling to Italy soon and want to learn a little of the language before going. I borrowed several language programs from the library, but they are all very involved and more than what I need. I just want to learn some basic words and phrases and how to pronounce them. This course is by far the simplest and quickest. It comes with a workbook to do the written lessons connected with the audio on the CD, which helps reinforce what you're learning. If you're looking to learn some Italian to use as a tourist, this is an excellent and inexpensive program. It's organized into sections geared to the tourist so it's very easy to follow. If you want a quickie course, this is a great one.