This tape series in 3 volumes for Chinese (and a host of other languages from Armenian to Ukranian) is a real benefit for those learning a language. What it does do is provide the Chinese and English for about 1500 words a volume, far more than in any other series. What it shouldn't be asked to do is be the sole way of learning the language; you'll need some other tapes and books first. It also isn't really suitable for use in a car; the words come at you in such volume that it's like drinking from a fire house. That said, this series is so invaluable that I've bought it for about a dozen languages.