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. Many Nobel laureates are famous German writers, such as Thomas Mann, Hermann Hesse, and Gunter Grass. Other writers included in the cultural theme pages of this calendar are Johann Wolfgang von Goethe and current children's and young adult novelist Cornelia Funke. Literary examples from Germany's twentieth-century transition--writers from East and West Germany and Holocaust literature--are also featured.