Portuguese is my third foreign language. I have read many foreign language courses, some good, some not so good. This one is not one of the best. The dialogues are reasonable. They resemble the dialogues in other courses like a BBC Get By course my mother bought in Europe early in the 1980s. A problem is that you cannot learn a language just by looking at the dialogues. The tapes are too fast for a beginner and you cannot catch what the speakers say. You are left with looking at the dialogues and trying to make sense of what they say. This is not easy either. The language notes are minimal. You are given very little guidance on the language itself. The little guidance you get in some cases comes under the wrong heading. The 'ir'+ main verb formation (eg eu vou visitar) is given the name of "simple future". The simple future (eu visitarei) is something quite different, not shown in this course. When you move to a more informative course, as I have done, you find out these inaccuracies. They can mislead a beginner who is not used to foreign language learning. If you are a reader turning to this course as a starting point, then you are being started on the wrong foot. The first thing you come across in this book and more than once (on the cover etc) is that this is a friendly introduction to Portuguese. In my view a friendly course is one that looks well after the learner. This one does not!