This book with 2 CDs is a great way to learn Italian. I accidentally purchased this version i.e. Talk 2 without buying Talk, the first one in the series, but because I had been to Italy quite a few times, it was OK to miss the first one. I have now purchased the first one mainly because I also go to a class and they use that for some of the exercises. Put the tapes on whenever you can, I put them on the car and even if you don't follow everything first time, you gradually pick it up and its great for making sure you get the pronunciation right.