This was one of the best from the earlier Teach Yourself formats from Hodder and Stoughton. Times have changed so they say, but there's no easy fix for learning a foreign language, despite the hype. Find a native speaker to supplement your studies. These books were dumbed down and many had an over-reliance on 'functional' material. I don't drive car, so a whole chapter devoted to a visiting a petrol station (Teach Yourself Hungarian), was not inspiring. Learn the structures first and then apply it to your own life. So much criticism of the 'old ways'. Those men and women who were crammed with Latin and Greek produced a generation of highly literate and articluate people. People fit to be statesmen and the like. We now churn out (in many cases), school leavers and undergraduates who are barely numerate or literate.