This is a well developed program for beginning Italian with travelers in mind, (others keep looking). Valuable visual and auditory input for speaking/understanding/reading & writing Italian. Actual native Italian speakers from various parts of Italy give exposure to regional accents. Helpful basic grammar guidelines provide sound foundation for non-Italian speaking travelers to Italy. I highly recommend this to beginners traveling to Italy. Yes, most Italians speak English & it may be more efficient, but why not surprise them. I sure did, even if only for a laugh.