I first started learning German over 50 years at night school. My then boss was German and much of the work was conducted in his native tongue. I found it very difficult to learn the ins and outs of the grammar etc., and naturally much of the German used was the commerical language. In the end I gave it up as a bad job, and until I received the Rosetta Stone course I sim[ly hadn't bothered to try again. However we (my husband and myself) have booked to go on two river cruises in Germany next year, and this has been the spur to get me trying again. Admittedly I have not progressed very far yet and am still at the core stage. I am finding the method employed by Rosetta of seeing and saying very helpful. One thing I have found is that it really does need a good deal of concentration especially when hears a short phrase and then has to click the mouse on the appropriate picture; why? because the pictures change places and if you're not fully alert it is easy to click on the area where that particular picture was at first. This really makes you think before you click and as such is a very good learning tool. I must admit I find it strange not having a text book in front of me, but I am sure the Rosetta method will 'grow on me' and I will soon get used to it. Set up was relatively easy, although I did have one of two minor hiccups getting the headphone/microphone set up, but this was soon overcome. The headphones themselves appear to be good quality and are comfortable to wear. Expensive the course may be, but I hope it will prove its worth when I go on holiday next year.