But why, oh why, did the text not get proof read. There are many spelling errors in the exercises. It is easier to learn something correctly first time than have to unlearn and then relearn correctly. Having said that, though the approach is useful - with some interesting material and generally the choice of vocabulary and the explanatory notes are good. The pace is easy and the style light. I liked the introduction of the script at an early stage - given the fairly poor transliteration system (but, OK, I know there is no easy solution) it should have been used more extensively. The tapes are good and they are clear. I would recommend this as a reasonable text to use for someone starting out and with a couple of weeks to spare. It will help anyone get their feet. However, keep an open mind about the grammar as it is presented - it is good for the pieces in the text, but should not be taken as a full grammatical analysis. For anybody with more than a tiny smattering of Khmer, this is not the book.