I know you may be thinking, here we go, not another language course promising that you can master a language without much bother, but hey with Michel Thomas you really do! I am of Italian origin but i was never taught italian as a child, and i am a bit lazy, so i didn't want to bother with a set that i had to study books, countless cassettes and the like. This is a straight forward procedure of remembering/repeating what you hear whilst the 2 people on the cd chat, with Michel coming in at various intervals. I thought i wouldn't remember/take in much but i did. I even fell asleep through some bits and i still managed to remember what had been said when i played the cds again a few days later. The whole course is very clearly spoken, well paced and the pauses are just long enough for you to pick your brain. Even though i was a bit lazy with the course, i still understood most of what was being said, when i went over to Southern Italy. Amazing! When i spoke, I got some of my verbs mixed up, yet i was still understood and i gave some of the locals a few laughs too in the process. My husband put in much more effort than me and he has become almost fluent and he hasn't an Italian bone in him! This is definately the only language course worth bothering with. We went on to buy French, German and Spanish too, as we were so impressed!