Have used this series of product before, in France, and this one is just as good. CD covers the basics and the book is small enough to fit in a pocket when travelling. I am sure there are other books or CDs that go over the basics in a better format (i.e. numbers and letters first, etc.), but for the fly by the seat of your pants traveller who doesn't want to seem like the ignorant American traveller, a great resource, especially for the price.