I recommend this product. Rosie McNab has been involved in language tuition books for children and I bought this because I recognised her name. There are lots of opportunities to review and revise vocabulary and this CD set gave me a really good grounding for the immersion course I am doing in Shanghai (lucky me). I don't think the gaps are quite long enough to collect your thoughts in time to speak when you are prompted, but unless you are driving at the same time, you can press the pause button. It is also good to look up the pinyin in the accompanying booklet. There are no Chinese characters, but it's about survival; speaking and listening. I think it's a really good place to start.