I bought this book primarily for my holiday in Croatia......and it's just as well that I'd bought a study guide for Croatian as well.....Grammatical differences exist between Croatian and the local dialect of surrounding regions of the former Yugoslavia........and these were not indicated in the phrasebook-had I followed exactly what was written in the book, I would have been mistaken for a Serb...not a good way to ingratiate yourselves with the locals!
On the plus side, as with 'Central Europe' , lonely planet manages to pack in all the tourist situations you could find yourself in, with the phonetics written directly beneath the native language text, with a pronounciation guide at the beginning of each language subsection.
After a week in Croatia, I found I had increased confidence in approaching the locals and was pleasantly surprised at their remarks at how well I could speak for a foreigner. This was important, as I was arriving at harbours/ bus terminals looking for somewhere to stay -you'll soon discover that accommodation touts litter these places during the summer months....I plan to use it again this summer as well!
Thus, a snip at the doors this book can open for you! Buy now!