Russian For Dummies Paperback – Mar 6 2012
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From the Back Cover
The fast and easy way to learn to speak Russian
If you're looking to reach a comfort level in conversational Russian, this hands-on, friendly guide gets you speaking like a native. Here, you'll find expanded coverage of the necessary grammar, major verb tenses, and conjugations that beginners need to know. Plus, you'll get a fully updated audio CD that includes real-life conversations, a refreshed and expanded mini-dictionary, plenty of useful practice opportunities, and more.
Russian 101 — learn to recite the alphabet, get a crash course on grammar, and start saying some basic Russian expressions
It's easy as odin, dva, tri (1, 2, 3) — hone your small-talk skills and discover how to communicate effectively in everyday situations, like asking for directions, ordering food, and more
Happy trails — take your Russian on the road and discover how to plan a trip, make arrangements for a place to stay, discuss transportation, and exchange money for local currency
Take care of business — grasp the essential Russian language skills you need to talk on the phone and perform everyday tasks at the office
Open the book and find:
Common words and phrases in Cyrillic
Basic grammar, Russian cases, and common expressions
Formal and informal greetings
Information on numbers, time, and measurements
Pointers for describing everyday activities in Russian
Tips for making small talk, asking for directions, and more
Fun activities to help you practice your Russian skills
Expanded Russian-English and English-Russian dictionaries
Audio CD Includes
More than 30 conversations that reinforce lessons from the book
See appendix for complete system requirements.
Speak conversational Russian with ease
Make sense of grammar, verb conjugations, and pronunciations
Identify Cyrillic letters
CD includes real-life conversations by native speakers
About the Author
Andrew Kaufman, PhD, is a published scholar and an award-winning teacher of Russian language, literature, and culture at some of the country's top universities.
Serafima Gettys, PhD, is a Coordinator of the Foreign Language Program at Lewis University, where she also teaches Russian.
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The corners where folded and there where two big scratches / dents on the front of it. On the bright side it got to me in a day and a half.
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That said, if you are a student of the poetic and beautiful Russian language, RUSSIAN FOR DUMMIES is an excellent addition to your collection of reference works. As excellent as it is, it is not a book I would suggest to new students, or people who are just casually interested in learning a smattering of Russian for travel or business. If I were to recommend it for anyone, it would be for students in the 2nd or third year of study. The grammatical structure of Russian differs greatly from English in a number of very fundamental ways that a beginning student who has never encountered this type of grammar may find difficult to grasp. For example, the English language has only the vestigial remnants of a case system, while Russian has 7 different cases. This makes for a truckload of noun declensions. Unless you are already familiar with Russian, or another language that uses a case system, like German, the case system may represent a significant hurdle when first encountered cold.
I liked the dialogues cd. The native speakers had very nice, standard Russian accents, no funky pronunciations, like I've heard on other cds. That said, these dialogues are pretty complex for a beginning learner, and could easily put a student off. I've studied Russian for years, and I was surprised at how challenging the dialogues were.
If you are already a student of this wonderful language with a couple of years under your belt, RUSSIAN FOR DUMMIES is a great addition to your collection.
For beginners, who may feel they have already learned a lot at the end of this book, I can only imagine it would end up as a disappointment when they come across signs, menus, news articles, etc. in Cyrillic which they are unable to read.