To have a small phrase book like this one is essential. This book goes over the essential phrases, commands, and responses in order to get by in Norway. The best part is that it gives different responses so one can express exactly how they're feeling in a given situation. In addition it details phrases dealing with the hotel room, dinner, police, post office officials, shopping, and more. Although the book is primarily meant to be for travelers it can be an excellent tool for someone learning a language. It can also act as a handy book that can be kept in your pocket when you have a spare minute to review. For the price, something like this shouldn't be passed up on. The pronunciation guide in the phrase book is more than helpful. I also advise that you eventually supplement this book with an audio course book. If you're planning a trip for Norway or are learning the language this is a solid purchase.