As I said in my title, this book offers you a great deal of information, useful not only for people who want to learn Chinese, but any new language. It contains cultural information, so you can have a better grasp of the language and helps you understand the reason why you should continue learning Chinese. Chinese is a very hard language to learn as it is, but this book makes it seem easier and keeps you motivated. It has great pointers and refers to online help, wherever it is necessary. Apart from giving you online resources for further reference, it explains different ways of learning Chinese. It also explains why other methods are better than taking classes, information which is very helpful for everyone who is going to learn Chinese. The book helps you get started by giving you a list of most commonly used words, as well as online help where you can listen to the tones and pronunciation. I would definitely read it again, if I ever need to learn any other language, because it has great pointers on self teaching methods. I would definitely recommend this book!