Though described on the box as "the complete French learning system," this severely disappointing cd-rom contains absolutely no formal instruction whatsoever. Instead, it lets you watch or listen to French conversations, with English translation provided alongside (in a rather clunky and outdated on-screen format), and then throws in some vocabulary flash cards and games to help you practice. If you have had formal French instruction before, this may serve as a useful refresher. But if you don't know how to conjugate a verb, this won't teach you -- it seems to hope you'll just pick it up by listening. Some people might prefer this approach -- it's probably more fun than a lesson-based approach, which feels more like high school, and if you learn better by immersion, this might be for you. But most people who learn it this way are likely to have serious trouble reproducing spoken or written French without making frequent, major mistakes. Either way, I simply cannot believe that there isn't more to this program. The package contains 8 cds, but only one is for PCs (the other seven include a Mac install, 4 audio cds, and software for palm pilots and mp3 players, which some people might find valuable). Those who prefer an immersion approach may still be disappointed at the options provided, as there are only four lengthy conversations to listen to, and only two of them seem to have video.