I am desperately trying to learn Russian. I bought this book so I could talk to my relatives on a trip to Russia. It is very useful as far as it goes. It shows the Russian word, then how it is pronounced then the English translation. It is set into common chapters, such as at the cafe, at the supermarket, at the hotel etc. It has most of the key phrases in it, but some obvious ones are missing. The actual pronunciation as written in the book can differ compared to how a Russian pronounces it. Overall, so long as you don't expect too much from this small book, it will serve you fine on a short trip to Russia.