Good book and CD. It is difficult to link the CD to the book and to keep up with everything. This may be due to my ability to learn Japanese. Other than this, great service from the seller and arrived exactly when they stated.
As it's a travel pack it means it has all the basics, from getting around to shopping, being in restaurants and bare nesseccities! it's got a great format and written in a way so that pronounciation is easier to get the hang of, especially with the CD if you need help. Everything is put into neat sections and explained well, with excercises to make sure your on the right track. Another good feature is that every now and then, between sections it has interesting information about Japan and it's culture with nice pictures, so you can get to know a little bit about the country, not just the language.
The only negative thing i have to say about it is that the vocabulary is quite limited and you won't become an expert at the language with this, however, it's perfect if you just want a starter rather than being bombarded with lots of phrases, which once you've finished you can move onto a more complex book if you want.
Vastly inferior to the original BBC "Get By" language series. It does have a useful collection of words and phrases for the traveller, so I've given it more than one star, but that's about it. The book doesn't link up with the CD in the way one would expect, for practice in speaking in various situations. There isn't actually much on the CD, especially compared to the two full-length audio cassettes of the original "Get By" series. I got the impression that it's been cheaply produced to cash in on the BBC's name. And that's not just the content. The book was so poorly glued together that after only a few hours' use, the binding was half off and pages started coming out. It was obvious that if I took it to Japan and used it seriously it would very soon disintegrate completely. So it sent it back for a refund.
I bought this as it was from the BBC and with the CD thought that I would be able to learn in the car or train etc by listening. I found the book confusing as the pronounciation as written was not exampled in the CD. The CD only did parts of the book and did not even refer to sections or page numbers when being played. UK accent was fine but basically found it unstructured and although I did learn something it was not worth it for a basic tourist help for Japanese. It is difficult enough to learn the words and pronounciation without the complication of the characters. I finally stumbled on the Collins Easy LEarning Japanese 3 CD set and this is fantastic and does the job faster and easier than the other one I have bought (Berlitz Japanese Phrase book and CD