The Living Language Method is based on linguistic science, proven techniques, and more than sixty-five years of experience. Languages are complex systems, but they can easily be broken down into simple components for learning. The Daily Phrase and Culture Calendars feature the book series' four top-selling languages: French, German, Italian, and Spanish. Each of these calendars includes basic words or phrases accompanied by English translations, a phonetic pronunciation guide for key words, practical examples of words in use, and an audio CD of basic phrases. Cultural theme pages about literature are featured throughout the calendars. Prolific French poets and novelists such as Alexandre Dumas, Marcel Proust, Simone de Beauvoir, and Victor Hugo are featured in the cultural theme pages. Styles of theater such as Theatre of the Absurd, "Comedie-Francaise," and Existentialism are also profiled.