Finally, Jean Yates has taken something scary to so many, and made it so easy and fun--learning not just the words, but how to communicate! I was appalled by the previous review as I had been told how effective this book is prior to reading it...Upon seeing how this book helps people actually connect with, understand, and speak the language, it shows this reader 2 things: First, Jean Yates knows not only the language, but the art and importance of really communicating. Second, it shows the previous reviewer was simply pitching another book and didn't take the time to read this book and understand how it helps the confidence of those learning the language. Anyone trying a new language knows how frustrating it is to not only find the right words to say, but to find the right way to say them. Jean Yates comes across as a teacher of the language, and of confidence in those that want to learn it. Oh, and by the way, Jean Yates is a woman... Another observation missed by the previous reviewer.
This is an excellent book for improving and mastering our pronunciation in this interesting language. I am a peruvian and as a Spanish speaker it was so easy to learn the English sounds, his rhythms and accents. All the book is perfect! :-) Now i can speak English better than before and I can understand English-speaking people better too. The voices recorded in the cassettes are very nice and clear. I like the voice of Julie because she have a sexy voice. The table of pronunciation symbols used by five international dictionaries is very important so we can compare and apply our learned symbols sounds in those dictionaries. This book use a standard English pronunciation...all English speakers will understand you! So i can say with a smile on my face: "I really did a good buy!"