4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
A great supplement rather than a stand-alone course,
This review is from: Complete Mandarin Chinese Book/CD Pack: Teach Yourself (Perfect Paperback)
I found this course to be very useful while living in China. It supplemented what I was learning elsewhere nicely, and provided a healthy input of grammar exercises and vocabulary. However, I wouldn't recommend this course as your only source of learning, and I wouldn't recommend it if you're not actually in China. Sometimes grammar concepts are introduced without explanation, and I agree with the other reviewer that tones are insufficiently covered (I found the opening chapter on them unnecessarily confusing). Some bizarre vocabulary thrown at you early on ('Is your TV digital?').
For me, combining this with the Pimsleur course (which focusses on speaking and listening) did the trick.