Now, I agree that this program has it's flaws, just like any other learning program. To really learn the intricacies of a language you need a teacher, immersion in the culture, and plenty of reading material. But when starting any language, you learn the basics, ie, common items, places, phrases, greetings and partings, etc...Considering this is just a stay at home program, it's okay. You can set the program to very difficult so you have to get pronunciation near perfect, and you OOULD cheat by reasoning and picture elimination, but you're just cheating yourself. All that being said, there's nowhere to learn any form of Gaelic where I live, let alone the Irish dialect. This helped me get the basics of pronunciation, grammar, etc..As I said, the basics. I have books to keep sharp on it and to help integrate, but it's a lot better than trying to figure out a language by yourself. Irish is a helluva language, and I couldn't have gotten as far as I have without RS. Although not the BEST program, it's better than nothing, especially for a home learner. Now, if you have the chance to learn your language from a native speaker, go for it! Take classes. Visit wherever speaks it. But, if you only have books and self help stuff to go on, this isn't a bad idea. The only raw deal about it is the PRICE!!! Far too costly for what you get. However, you might be able to find one cheap on the internet somewhere, or luck out at a yardsale of someone who just gave up.