This book is designed to be used by the English speaker to learn the basics of Haitian Creole. Included are a section on the Creole alphabet with a pronunciation guide, the basic elements of Creole grammar and some commonly used words and phrases. If you are intending to learn any new language, you'll find a recommendation to get a phrase book. The purpose of the phrase book is to give you prior practice in real-life situations. Memorizing phrases ahead of time is the BEST way to use a phrase book. Your grammar book, and sometimes even your course, does t give you the Which room is mine? kind of phrases. Yes, you will need to flip through the book to find responses or the next question on a different topic, but that is only if you do t practice a bit ahead of time. You can't beat this book - for the price and the small, yet concise and relevant content. Learn how to tell time, order food, go through customs, as well as greetings and social conversations. The pronunciation guides are especially helpful. The lexicon of Haitian Creole is derived primarily (90%) from French. This word-base, however, has been enriched with borrowings from other languages with which Haitian Creole speakers historically had contact. The last few pages of the book contain the Plan of Salvation with scripture reference. Since Creole is a phonetic language, the English speaker can learn to read the Creole with a bit of practice, and although they may t understand what they are reading, the Haitian Creole listener will understand.