This book assumes students of French cannot learn rules of grammar. It is a slow, plodding work that teaches by memorization. It does not start out, for example, with the rules for determining the gender of French nouns. If you do not know the gender of a noun, you cannot figure out the articles, etc., that go with the word. There are occasional "rules" in the lessons, but they are not organized in a coherent fashion. This book is suited to people who have no capacity for learning rules of grammar, and who have oodles of time to kill.
It is extremely convenient for the beginners with a working knowledge of english. The situation taken are of the daily life with ample opportunity to grasp the words and setence structures used in day to day communication. Overall a very useful piece of work put together. However, i wud much appreciate knowing from where i can obtain the sound recordings for this book as soon as possible.
I started my effort to learn the language with this book. After much effort and many hours, I almost made it through. I learned much, but this is a painful, tedious way to get there. I recently stumbled upon "Fast French" by Adrienne, which is finally putting it all together for me. I wouldn't recommend anyone rely on "French Made Simple".