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. Italian literature spans from early Medieval Latin literature to the twentieth century and beyond: Italo Calvino, Dante Alighieri (known as simply Dante), Giovanni Boccaccio, Nicolo Ammaniti, and Primo Levi are just some of the authors and poets featured in this calendar's themed pages.