I am a perpetual traveler, writer and blogger and using different local languages is something I deal with on a daily basis. I have found German very handy since I run into them everywhere I go! I feel lucky to have found this series of phrasebooks, because they are written to teach you the basics in a quick fashion. My personal goal is not fluency, but rather to show respect for the locals by using some of their own language, as well as being able to communicate basic ideas as well. These books have been doing that well for me! They are also very user friendly on my iPhone and iPad, and that saves me traveling with paper books which are basically impossible when you have to live/travel light. I look forward to and future language phrase books they come up with.