Great for a beginner learning Hindi because it doesn't have ALL the words, just all the important words that you'll actually need to use! That way, it is a lot less overwhelming. Also, it has easy to follow and consistent transliteration to the english alphabet. The guide to pronunciation in the beginning has helped me a lot. My husband is from New Delhi, and says that some of the words are not the ones he knows, but that is to be expected since there are so many varying dialects in India! Nothing substitutes for a little guidance from a native speaker, but it's also very hard to learn from a native speaker without some concrete, organized, written guide such as this dictionary! Very useful, I carry it in my bag and learn new words every day on my commute.