I am a complete beginner when it comes to learning Punjabi, not able to speak a single word! I had hoped that I would be able to use the dictionary to find the Punjabi equivalent of any English word I so desired. But, as the previous reviewer SCS quite competently pointed out, it is not that simple (note to self: must read the reviews of others more closely before purchasing books!). If you view the English portion of the dictionary in an attempt to find the Punjabi equivalent of a word then you will find that the majority of the translations are in Punjabi script. For someone with no knowledge or understanding of Pubjabi script that makes translation a trifle difficult. If you are prepared to put in the effort requried then there is little doubt that this dictionary will aid your understanding of the Punjabi alphabet and sounds. If, however, you are a complete novice looking for quick and easy translations then perhaps this publication is not for you.