I was first drawn to this work in 1979 and studied it for 2 years. I still recall much of what I learned then.
The book is laid out in modular style with exersizes to consolidate your understanding of the texts. All of the exersizes use real expressions from tombs and stellae and reflect everyday life in Middle Egypt.
I have given this work 5 stars based on the previous edition and have also studied other, more modern, linguistic translations and believe Prof Gardiner`s translations to be more syntactically accurate. He offers both translation and translitteration which allows a feel for the spoken language as well as the purely written and I find being able to vocalise the sounds aids my translations of other inscriptions not covered in the book.
This is a great way to learn the language and can be read along with the author`s other works, eg. The Egyptians, which flesh out his teachings.