As with the original 8-CD set, this new, 4-CD, 5-hour course is an astonishingly rapid and easy route to confidence in German. As before, there is no textbook or writing, just listening and repeating. Superficially, Michel seems more schoolmasterly and demanding than the teachers I remember from my schooldays but his method is so imaginative and fluid that I was able to easily and confidently construct sentences with several verbs in all sorts of tenses without ever having to realise what "imperfect subjunctive" and "future indicative" mean. German can be a challenging language to learn, but this course gives an instinctive, natural grasp of language without the formality of grammatical rules but with all the linguistic skill you will need. As with the original course, you will get a natural grasp of the structures of German, to a level beyond two years of evening classes. Of course, there is much more to learn in terms of vocabulary and verbs not covered in the course, but once you have the instinctive grasp of structure that Michel gives, it's easy to add new words onto the framework you have learnt. I have several German books and CDs, but the Michel Thomas courses are outstanding in giving speedy confidence whilst feeling natural and easy. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend his courses to anyone learning German.