Though it's good to learn Hindi alphabets via this work book rather than learning with Romanized words, the level of the book still put too much focus on some intermediate words. I believe as an absolutely beginner, s/he is not need to know gerunds like "to persuade",etc. Instead, I think the book should focus more on daily useful sentences and words. Even I've studied for three lessons by far, I still don't know how to say "thank you", " sorry" or " How are you?" in Hindi. Besides, if there were more pictures and audio CDs( there's only one CD!), it would be helpful for me to learn how to pronounce more correctly. Last but not least, some phonetic description is not correct. Take "क" for instance, the book tells us that it's the same as [k] in "speaker". However, in English, [k] in "speaker" should be pronounced as aspirate: [kʰ], slightly different. The more similar sound to "क" should be like [k] in "sky"...an unaspirated sound, because there is another alphabet (ख) to represent aspirated one. And I think that's why it makes difficulty when learning Hindi, so many words sound the same and not easy to differentiate.