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An excellent supplement - but not as a stand-alone
on 13 June 2016
This is a very comprehensive course, and would be an excellent supplement to anybody studying the language, or for someone studying this course with a tutor.
The layout is clear and colourful, and the exercises are well-designed.
However, although it is marketed as such, it would not be good for someone with no previous language learning experience. As another reviewer has commented, the exercises start out very manageable, but somewhere around the first third of the book the pace picks up extremely quickly - too quickly, even for someone who has studied and speaks other languages. Long and complicated phrases suddenly appear from nowhere, with no explanation as to their grammar. Little words or constructions that haven't been explained are suddenly inserted into exercises with no information, which made it impossible for me to continue as I would have liked (i.e. understanding everything before moving on).
It's a shame, because with some tweaking this would be an excellent teach-yourself method. They need to expand the book a bit to accommodate the vast amounts of information.