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    1. English-Russian, Russian-English Dictionary
    by KennethKatzner
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    Asin: 0471017078
    Catlog: Book (1994-11)
    Publisher: Wiley
    Sales Rank: 6312
    Average Customer Review: 4.21 out of 5 stars
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    Based on American rather than British English, this is among the first Russian dictionaries revised for the post-Soviet era. Includes new political terminology, new Russian institutions, new countries and republics and new city names. Contains 26,000 entries in the English-Russian section and 40,000 words in the Russian-English section. Irregularities in Russian declensions and conjugations appear at the beginning of each entry. ... Read more

    Reviews (29)

    5-0 out of 5 stars Solid Dictionary
    I've read all the reviews here and I will aprroach mine by commenting on some of the negative remarks.
    A few of the negatives were in regard to poor binding of the hardback edition. These are fair remarks, indeed my copy has worn very quickly as well. However, the softcover edition does not have this problem and it is also easier to transport around.
    The other negatives seemed to be by advanced students of the Russian language. I would certainly expect a linguist to have some quibbles and also to have other books they would use and recommend (such as one reviewer's endorsement of the, indeed, outstanding Daum/Schenk Russian verb dictionary). But for most users this book will be outstanding. For American English speakers of Russian I would say it is a must.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Great American English, shoddy binding
    I have to agree with those who enthuse about this dictionary's idiomatic, American English translations. This is the only dictionary to use for Americans who are dealing with contemporary Russian usage, though it is less useful for those who are dealing with historical or literary translation.

    However, I also share the dismay of the reviewer whose dictionary fell to pieces after a year. Mine has been in this sorry state for years and I've actually lost a few pages of words beginning with "ka"! Kak im ne stydno?? Even a paperback can be sewn into its binding rather than glued.

    Unfortunately, I have no suggestions. I don't recommend Oxford for the type of translation I do but the Katzner hardcover is apparently out of print. Pomogite nam! Give us a new hardcover edition!

    5-0 out of 5 stars Issued by the US military...
    This is the dictionary the US military issued to its Russian language-studying soldiers at DLI in Monterey. It has excellent coverage of most basic and general vocabularies, and goes into depth on many other subjects (including military jargon). It is far easier to use than the Oxford Dictionary, as it lists each verb (glogol) with the prefix and/or suffix as an individual entry. Words are extremely easy to find here--unlike in many dictionaries of this type. Of course, there are some very specific Russian-English dictionaries out there that specialize in specific categories of the language. (Such as dictionaries of slang, or of obscenities) If you're a a generalist OR specialist who doesn't have a copy of this book, it is recommended. My copy is dog-eared and I did have to tape the cover (the paperback), due to frequent use.
    Many of my Russian friends have used it to find the "right" word in English, and it has proven to be an exceptional resource in both directions. A must have for any student of Russian.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Russian teacher's review
    This is a marvelous dictionary!!!! I teach Russian to High School graduates and I have investigated many different dictionaries to find the best. Kenneth Katzner's dictionary is head and shoulders above any other dictionary I have seen. The entries are not as vast as, say, the Oxford Russian-English, but it is very user-friendly and the author does a very good job of making exceptions and irregularities very clear. He also makes particular effort to differentiate between homonyms (something that other dictionaries frequently lack). The binding is a little fragile and requires some TLC (especially at first. I recommend storing the dictionary open on a table when not in use to train the binding to stay open. Never push hard to keep it open to the page you need; it can break).

    Another review complains that this dictionary lacks a pronunciation guide. He clearly has not understood that Russian pronunciation is absolutely consistent almost without exception. The alphabet is phonetic and there are no pronunciation dilemmas as in English, e.g. though, through, rough. The student is much better off learning the rules and not relying on any extraneous pronunciation guide.

    This is not a good translator's dictionary because it is incomplete. But for the student, even into the fifth or sixth year, this dictionary is not only a reference, but an outstanding learning tool. I recommend it to any student of Russian. You won't find better!

    3-0 out of 5 stars no pronunciation guide
    This dictionary is very comprehensive but it has no guide whatsoever to pronunciation. It utilizes the IPA after each English entry without any explanation of the IPA symbols and their sounds. There is nothing at all on the Russian side. This may be a great dictionary for those who already speak Russian but it is unhelpful for those of us just starting out. I was very disappointed with it and am now back to using my Collins Gem Russian dictionary which has little vocab but a pronunciation guide at least. ... Read more

    2. Russian I : 3rd Ed. (Comprehensive)
    by Pimsleur
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    Asin: 0743506200
    Catlog: Book (2001-11-01)
    Publisher: Pimsleur
    Sales Rank: 409479
    Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars
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    With Pimsleur Language Programs you don't just study a language, you learn it -- the same way you mastered English! And because the technique relies on interactive spoken language training, the Pimsleur Language Programs are totally audio -- no book is needed!

    The Pimsleur programs provide a method of self-practice with an expert teacher and native speakers in lessons specially designed to work with the way the mind naturally acquires language information. The various components of language -- vocabulary, pronunciation and grammar -- are all learned together without rote memorization and drills. Using a unique method of memory recall developed by renowned linguist, Dr. Paul Pimsleur, the programs teach listeners to combine words and phrases to express themselves the way native speakers do. By listening and responding to thirty minute recorded lessons, students easily and effectively achieve spoken proficiency.

    No other language program or school is as quick, convenient, and effective as the Pimsleur Language Programs.

    The Comprehensive Program is the ultimate in spoken language learning. For those who want to become proficient in the language of their choice, the Comprehensive programs go beyond the Basic Programs to offer spoken-language fluency. Using the same simple method of interactive self-practice with native speakers, these comprehensive programs provide a complete language learning course. The Comprehensive Program is available in a wide variety of languages and runs through three levels (thirty lessons each) in French, German, Italian, Japanese, Russian and Spanish. At the end of a full Comprehensive Program listeners will be conducting complete conversations and be well on their way to mastering the language. The Comprehensive Programs are all available on cassettes and are also on CD in the six languages in which we offer the Basic Program on CD. ... Read more

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    3-0 out of 5 stars May not be your thing if you are a visual learner
    I have studied four Asian languages to the advanced level in the last two decades, and decided to learn Russian with this system recently. I concede that the Pimsleur system is unique and innovative and very well organized. However, I believe that persons like myself, who study languages with great emphasis on absorbing new material visually and rely heavily on written text for memorization of vocabulary, absorbing grammar rules, and review of previously studied material, would do better with a well-written, convential textbook/cassette format. I believe the Pimsleur system is a great tool for listening and speaking proficiency, but I question how proficient a person will become at reading and writing the language through this system. If you do not have the time nor patience to sit down with a textbook, and would prefer to learn through vocal imitation of audio cues, by all means purchase this course. For those of us who favor a structured system that contains sections covering and explaining grammar and verb conjugation, etc., best go elsewhere.

    5-0 out of 5 stars If you actually want to SPEAK Russian, this is the one!
    I don't know about you, but I don't want to learn a language so I can read a newspaper or understand a radio broadcast. I want to communicate with real live people in their own language.

    How many people take language courses all through high school and even college only to find when it comes time to actually USE the language, they've "learned" it without the ability to SPEAK it?

    This doesn't happen with the Pimsleur method. It forces you to respond, continuously moving forward, teaching you new things while reinforcing concepts learned earlier. This series, along with the Penguin Russian course, will take you very far indeed if you want to learn basic Russian that you can use. The Pimsleur program is far superior to other audio methods in that it's not just repeating incredibly dull phrases over and over again. You interact with the dialogue. You have to THINK and it reinforces things learned earlier at just the right time intervals. A concept is reinforced more often right after learning, but these reminders become less and less frequent as time goes on and you learn new things. But then what you've learned previously becomes part of new concepts and vocabulary that keep getting put before you, reinforcing those concepts even more.

    The Key is that you RETAIN the concepts and vocabulary and hence the ability to use the language. You learn correct pronunciation, as the program uses native speakers. You won't be tongue-tied, since you're asked questions in the program and you have to THINK about the answer. You THINK because the question might reference something from three or four tapes ago. You use proper grammar despite yourself because you're not thinking about grammar, you're learning the language the same way you learned as a baby - you're USING it.

    Is there a down side? Of course. They're ridiculously expensive (HINT: check out the auctions), but have you priced an evening course at your local university lately? The books and materials cost alone would probably pay for these tapes.

    The other down side is that as good as they are, you'll need to use other resources if you want to go past basic usage. The Pimsleur method will teach you the basics, but using it with other materials is easy and those other materials will be much less expensive. The other bonus is that you'll get much more out of them if you use them in conjunction with the Pimsleur program.

    If you're serious about learning Russian (or any language, the German Pimsleur improved my German immensely), especially by self study, the Pimsleur program is an incredibly powerful tool.

    3-0 out of 5 stars Wonderful system ... but questionable grammar...
    No one in these reviews has touched on the questionable grammar introduced in these tapes... Perhaps these people have not gone on or tried to put their Russian into practice (indeed it is unlikely that someone they don't know will try to correct them on a trip), but I have continually had to 'relearn' certain mistakes in these tapes which were riddled throughout the series. This ranges from things which I have been told are 'unnatural' in conversation to downright ungrammatical. However either should be considered unacceptable, as in an AUDIO course with emphasis on speaking, I would expect emphasis to be on natural, conversational Russian.

    Also, many subjects of grammar are 'danced over', and never fully explained grammatically...I realize length of time prohibits this, but I as someone interested in grammar, I would have found it easier for a quick explanation, such as a word is in 'accusitive' form, rather than have them make up some 'layman's' explanation that I have to try to interpret, only to find out ultimately the concept was quite simple.

    All in all, this series is a WONDERFUL way to learn attention was always kept and after completing just halfway through the second series, I already feel that I can convey some very simple things with my Russian...

    ...the only problem is that it's not entirely CORRECT Russian...

    5-0 out of 5 stars If you goal is to actually be able to converse in Russian
    The Pimsleur method strives to condition your mind first with the comprehension of words and phrases spoken by native speakers and to allow you to quickly form a response without puzzling over complex grammar rules. Secondly it strives to enable your spoken words to be pronounced correctly with the correct inflection.

    The concept is that most conversations in any language consist of only a few hundred words and that most people speak using common phrases or word groupings. If you learn the overall meaning of a phrase, or word grouping, you are able to comprehend what is being said even when the words seem to run together and preemptively anticipate a response. This contributes to a greater fluency of the language and provides an excellent foundation to build on.

    If your goal is to be able to converse in Russian this program is for you as long as your expectations are realistic. At the end of the programs I, II and III, if you are diligent, you should have a good foundation of spoken Russian on which to increase your fluency. What is more important is that you will have a good "feel" for the language and chances are you will get compliments on your accent.

    Some of the complaints in other reviews are that there is no printed lesson book that comes with the program to teach how to read Cyrillic Russian and that the accent of the male speaker is difficult to understand. If you wish to learn to read Russian as well it would be necessary to supplement this course with another more traditional course that emphasizes reading skills. Pimsleur does not claim to fill this need but rather focuses on being able to converse. As far as the male speaker goes, I have encountered more people on the streets of Moscow and St. Petersburg who speak with his accent than the female speaker's accent. In addition it is my impression that there is more than one male and more than one female speaker. There seems to be an attempt to familiarize the student with more than one accent and thus increase fluency. This is more of an advantage rather than a weakness.

    3-0 out of 5 stars Could be better
    I really like the Pimsleur method and have been successful with several of their programs but this one (Russian I) falls short of their typical quality, in my opinion. The material presented is good but the pace is a little fast for the complex pronunciation required. After a few lessons it is often difficult to determine just what the speakers are saying unless you listen very carefully. If you try to listen while driving, this is often impossible. The main problem I have found is with the male Russian speaker. He frequently slurs the words in a nasal tone or speaks so fast you cannot quite tell what he's saying. He also frequently pronounces the words and phrases a little differently from the female speaker and often differently from his previous attempts. When so much emphasis is placed on the intonation and pronunciation in order to speak comprehensibly, it should be imperative that the native speakers enunciate and speak at a pace a beginner can follow. Pimsleur really should produce a 4th edition and replace this male speaker with one who can be consistent with the female and speak at a beginner's pace...and be clear when he speaks. This guy just sounds drunk. After 6 lessons I've gotten so fed up with him I can barely get through the lesson. ... Read more

    3. The Oxford Picture Dictionary: Monolingual
    by Norma Shapiro, Jayme Adelson-Goldstein
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    Asin: 0194700593
    Catlog: Book (1998-02-01)
    Publisher: Oxford University Press
    Sales Rank: 27492
    Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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    5-0 out of 5 stars Best ESL Picture Dictionary
    I have found that even bilingual people with excellent articulation skills and few pronunciation problems nevertheless suffer from a limited vocabulary, especially for daily activity. So I recommend ESL students and teachers start with a picture dictionary. I recommend the Oxford Picture Dictionary because it is the most comprehensive. The New Oxford Picture Dictionary is also on my recommended list, but the original is much better. For travelers, bilingual editions double as survival kits.

    5-0 out of 5 stars A perfect pictorial dictionary, except for advanced speakers
    The Oxford Picture Dictionary is one of the best books I have ever seen. The authors classify their book to be based on beginning and lower intermediate level English. If you have studied English as a foreign language for several years, and put a mentionable number of words and verbs in your vocabulary in the fields that are related with your job and hobbies, you might at first think that this book will be too easy for you. However, I believe this is not the real case.

    Imagine yourself in a hairdresser in America. How would you describe the way you want your hair to be cut or arranged. Or suppose you need to stay in America for sometime and you have some household problems, for example the roof is leaking, or the wall is cracked, or the faucet is dripping... How will you describe the problem on the phone to the related companies? You will find the way in the corresponding topics.

    Some of the topics might be really very easy. But they just collect the related nouns and verbs together and give you a good chance to refresh your mind by seeing them all together. Especially the verbs, for each topic, are generally organised in a very logical manner and they describe most actions you might need to take in such a situation. Do this, and that, and then those...

    As the easiest example, of which we are all familiar, I will give the topic 'A classrom'. On a very nice colorful picture which illustrates everything exeptionally well, you will see a number of 'numbers', which number the nouns, and below the picture you will see the corresponding names including: chalkboard, screen, student, overhead projector, teacher, desk, chair/seat, bookcase, globe, clock, cassette player, map, pencil sharpener, bulletin board, computer, chalk, pen, marker, pencil, textbook, workbook, binder/notebook, ruler, dictionary. On other pictures you will find the illustration of a list of verbs which are 'lettered' instead of numbered. And the corresponding explanations, with the verb in bold typeface, raise your hand, talk to the teacher, listen to a cassette, stand up, sit down/take a seat, point to the picture, write on the board, erase the board, open your book, close your book, take out your pencil, put away your pencil. This is only topic one, and there are 139 more topics.

    Another topic which is about shoes and accessories, lists a number of words that might sound less familiar to a foreigner, for example sole, pumps, loafers, oxfords. But a picture is worth a thousand words! Now, I know what they mean.

    Yet another topic, 'Symptoms and Injuries', besides many words which I already knew, like headache, toothache, etc, contains some others that I heard for the first time. For example: chills, bruise, blister. The related verbs were the things I learned once, but since I have not used them at all, I just forgot. I had the chance to see them all together and refresh my mind very easily. I can not find any words to explain how much I like the graphical illustrations in this book!

    In my opinion, in this dictionary each picture has just enough number of items to be explained. If much more details are tried to be given, you might easily be overwhelmed. As an example I can give The Oxford-Duden Pictorial English Dictionary, which I bought some time ago, and which now I completely regret. It might be suitable for an extra-advanced native English speaker, I don't know. But I know quite well that it is not for an intermediate speaker for whom English is a foreign language. It contains many words which I don't know even in my native language and I don't think I will ever need to learn them.

    As a conclusion, after these very long comments, I can say in short, "If you were searching for a very nice pictorial dictionary, you have already found one, just buy it and you will not regret. If somehow you find it very easy for yourself, or if you finish it in a very short time, give it to your children or your friends' children. They will 'enjoy' learning English with this book..."

    As a last comment, this is a monolingual edition, so it is completely in English. If you are interested with other foreign languages, like Spanish, Polish, Chinese, etc, this series has bilingual editions, too. Therefore, I don't think it will be necessary to buy this monolingual edition, if you will buy one of those bilingual editions, which as far as I understand contain and teach both the corresponding language and English... Besides, the prices are very close to each other. So, think twice...

    Even though I give this advice, I, myself, have already bought the monolingual edition and now, having realized the presence of the bilingual editions 'a little bit' late, am thinking about buying the Polish edition also. After buying it I will see if it really teaches English also, or what... You might find the answer to this question in my future comments for that book...

    Aren't there any drawbacks of this book? Well, until now I could not find anything very important. Just as a small note I can mention the mistake on page 144, where item number one was called as CPU even though it is the computer case, not the CPU. The inside of the case is not seen in the picture and a CPU is for sure only one of the components inside a case. However I guess just one mistake in some thousands of words is not that important...

    5-0 out of 5 stars Latest version is incredible - - Its not the old OPD ! ! !
    There was a time when I wasn't very impressed by the Oxford Picture Dictionary, especially compared to the WORD BY WORD Picture Dictionary. As an English teacher I used to get free copies of it, but I'd actually go out and buy other versions because it wasn't as topical as Word By Word. Suddenly however, they seem to have caught on. My students LOVE this latest version (which has a black not blue cover and is much thicker.) In smaller less structured classes, I'll actually let them pick out chapters then base the grammar lesson I was going to teach on that theme and topic, that way insuring personal relevence. It also helps keep the classes in English... dictionaries can be valuable tools, but often they keep students from communicating with each other - - they sort of burry their heads in the dictionaries and the safety of their own langauge, but with the latest version of the Oxford Picture Dictionary, I'll find students of different nationalities hudling over the book, trying to get the point across. The pictures serve as a universal langauge that induces communication across cultures.

    For this reason, I have to rank the latest version of the OPD as one of the greatest learning sources as an English teacher I've ever encountered. Its popular among the students, activity friendly and you can transfer the lesson objectives over from almost any book to meet the needs of your students.

    As a word of advice, be sure to get the MONOLINGUAL version regardless of where you're teaching. This is a PICTURE dictionary. Have your student's native language in the book sabotages the purpose of getting them to think in English !

    5-0 out of 5 stars an amazing picture dictionary for EFL teachers
    The book has wonderful illustrative pictures and is very good for teachers of English as a foreign language. I have used it in my class and the students were very interested and have enjoyed their vocabulary lessons ever since. ... Read more

    4. TROIKA : A Communicative Approach to Russian Language, Life, and Culture
    by MaritaNummikoski
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    Asin: 0471309451
    Catlog: Book (1994-06-10)
    Publisher: Wiley
    Sales Rank: 404818
    Average Customer Review: 3.25 out of 5 stars
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    This communicative, "natural approach" to introductory Russian emphasizes reading, writing, speaking, and listening skills. Everyday topics are presented to allow readers to begin communicating immediately. Grammar is presented as a necessary tool for communication and is introduced throughout. The book aims at comparing and contrasting cultures, rather than presenting the target culture only. ... Read more

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    4-0 out of 5 stars Great for beginners to build a solid beginning base.
    I found this book to be excellent for beginners, especially if you are looking to begin speaking and writing right away. I do not like the organization of the book with grammar in the back of each chapter and everything else up front. Also, some of the essays in the book can leave you a little lost and there are some slight errors in some of the text, but otherwise it's a great book to get a solid beginning base on the language, especially in a formal classroom setting. I would not reccommend using this on your own! I like the fact that you must finish each chapter because that way you will not be lost in the rest of the book. Also, the book repeats some verbs and vocabulary so you get the chance to re-inforce some of what you have learned. I have two native Russian speaking friends who live in Russia and both say they are impressed with what I learned after year.(I had finished the book.) If you master this book, along with the work book and tapes, the rest is just building on grammar and vocabulary. If you are determined to learn this difficult language, this book will give you a great base to set you on your way!

    4-0 out of 5 stars Not bad for beginners
    My university uses this book in first-year Russian. To be honest, I hated this book for the first several chapters/weeks. It takes a while to get used to the way it is arranged, because everything is presented in Russian first, then explained in English at the end. This is somewhat overwhelming for the beginner; however, if you aren't willing to plow on through, you probably won't be a very successful Russian speaker anyway. Anyone who expects a textbook to magically make learning Russian easy is probably in for an unpleasant surprise no matter what book they choose.

    Once we got used to the format, however, this book works very well. Unfortunately there is no intermediate book to follow it up yet, so our university had us using a completely different textbook for second-year. After using the new textbook, which is not very good and way too expensive for a paperback, I realize how good Troika really was. There aren't a whole lot of Beginner Russian textbooks out there, so if you're looking into a new textbook for your class, take a look at this one.

    2-0 out of 5 stars "kind of like the opposite of an aerial view"
    I have attempted to learn from this book in a first-level university Russian course. (I am a middle-aged retired teacher, and already have some background in 4 languages, with reasonable success in all of them.) I'm sure that there's some sort of pedagogical theory which justifies the book's structure, but I find it a constant barrier to my learning. Each chapter is structured in the same way. Each starts with a Russian-only treatment of the materials to be covered in the chapter. Of course, virtually all the material is new to the reader at that point. The Russian section has pointers, therefore, into the following grammatical section, which is in English, and is at the end of the chapter. Unfortunately, the presented material is not well linearized, so after having stopped in mid-stream to read those grammar sections, and having flipped back and forth for a while, one still hasn't encountered all of the vocabulary and concepts in the current section. A chapter makes sense only when one has completed it, meaning that the process of learning is constantly frustrating, and lacking in the pleasures and rewards of mastery along the way. I don't find it any better to use as a review aid when test time comes along. If your prof has selected the text, you're stuck with it; I'd suggest finding some supporting ancillary materials, and using them from day one. I have the luxury of dropping the class. I've found a "Russian as a Second Language" series published in Russia for English speakers, and will hire a native-speaker college student to help me work my way through it. (The title is from a Steely Dan song, by the way. I'm a big believer in aerial views in first-level courses.)

    3-0 out of 5 stars Helpful but confused
    I am a native Russian speaker and have helped teach college-level beginning Russian with this book's help. My major complaint is that food, clothing and body parts--essential basics for communication--are left out for the better part of the book. Otherwise, it's a satisfactory textbook, but I would not use it again. ... Read more

    5. Russian Complete Course : Basic-Intermediate, Compact Disc Edition (Living Language Complete Courses Compact Disc Edition)
    by Living Language
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    Asin: 1400020271
    Catlog: Book (2002-04-16)
    Publisher: Living Language
    Sales Rank: 18775
    Average Customer Review: 3 out of 5 stars
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    The Living Language® Russian Complete Course teaches the basics of Russian language and usage. It uses a highly effective speed-learning method developed by U.S. government experts to teach languages to overseas-bound service personnel and diplomats.

    •Begin with simple words and progress to complex phrases and sentences.
    •Just listen and repeat after the native speakers on the recordings to learn naturally, the way you learned English.

    •40 lessons from the recordings with translations, additional vocabulary, detailed explanations, quizzes, and reviews.
    •Verb charts, a comprehensive grammar summary, and a section on letter writing are also included.

    •More than 20,000 words, idioms, and expressions.
    •Examples show how words are used in everyday conversation.
    •1,000 frequently used words are highlighted for easy reference.
    ... Read more

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    1-0 out of 5 stars Weird pronounciation
    I bought this product a few months ago.I started using the cds and everything seemed ok at first.I also take classes in russian.My teacher is russian.I'm taking classes for 6 months now.As i was getting better i realized that some of the words where pronounced very wierd.For example the female speaker pronounces the word "shto" which means "what" as "chto" while the male speaker pronounces it regularly as "shto".This is not standard russian accent.I've never heard of any russian saying "chto".So i thaught that this must be some regional accent.I even asked my teacher about this and she laughed.She said that she is not aware of any region in Russia where "shto" is pronounced as "chto".Also some word endings are pronounced wrong.For example a "b" at the end of a word should be pronounced as p,while a b in this course is always a "b" no matter where it is positioned in a word.Has anyone else noticed these?A review of a native speaker of russian would help a lot.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Other Review GROSSLY in ERROR - Fine Set!
    The first review of this product is incorrectly intended for the "Ultimate" series by Living Language, which has 4 cassettes (or CDs) to accompany the text, and 4 to "learn on the go." The product on this page is the very basic, intro course into Russian and it is quite good. 40 simple, digestable lessons to get you up and running, and to move on to intermediate or other beginner books to reinforce what you learn. Here you get a full review of the Russian alphabet, lots of vocabulary, sentence structure, and listening practice with the tapes. For under $20.00, I found this to be a great deal, and the next Living Language series a good next step. For beginner's, Barron's "Listen and Learn the Fun Way" is comparable, though more expensive with 4 cassettes and lots of pictures. The review also laments that lack of good Russian tapes aside from Penton to learn in the car, has he/she heard of Pimsleur or Instant Immersion? The former is good enough to take a trip to Russia, the latter MUCH better than Penton, the phrases are grouped in more sensible style. That having been said, I give it 5 stars for the value and general solid footing it offers for a beginner learning the language. After this I recommend the Ultimate Beginner-Intermediate, then the Advanced, while simultaneously doing the full Pimsleur 48 CDs (available at most libraries). If you make it this far, go for the full deal at audio-forum, and at this point YOU'LL be teaching Russian!

    4-0 out of 5 stars Learning Russian from the Ground Up
    This series is great if you really want to set the foundations for truly learning Russian. This is not for travellers who just want phrases and a basic "gist" of the language. They take you step by step so that you can actually learn to read the language starting with the pronunciation of each letter and its possible sounds so you can sound out words if you are stuck and need to bring out a dictionary. This is a great series to start out with if you have the will power to dedicate yourself to being a student of the language and not just a parrot.

    2-0 out of 5 stars Tapes not well-designed for self learning
    A great deal of effort went into preparation of the tapes for this product, which is a shame because they have some fundamental flaws that make them very frustrating to use, especially in the car. First of all, there are actually two sets of tapes, one called Learn at Home, which is designed to be used with the text, and another called Learn on the Go, which is designed to be used without the text. They use the same lessons, so you are only getting half your money's worth. The Learn on the Go series rarely gives the student the opportunity to say the phrase in Russian after hearing the English phrase, so it is almost useless for practicing what you have memorized. It is better than some comparable products in that it doesn't have a lot of fluff (music, chatty cultural stuff) that wastes time, but not nearly as good as some. Penton's Learn in Your Car series is by far the best, but unfortunately does not go beyond the beginner level. The other makers of language products should learn from Penton's simple, efficient methods. I taught myself Spanish in the car and am now learning Russian, but I am frustrated by the lack of really good products beyond the beginner level. ... Read more

    6. The Oxford Russian Dictionary: Russian-English, English-Russian
    by Marcus Wheeler, Boris Unbegaun, Paul Falla, Della Thompson, P. S. Falla
    list price: $60.00
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    Asin: 0198601603
    Catlog: Book (2000-07-01)
    Publisher: Oxford University Press
    Sales Rank: 82241
    Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars
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    Book Description

    With the fall of the Iron Curtain, the Russian language has exploded, responding to new idioms, terminology, and usage pouring in from the West. Anyone wishing to keep up with contemporary Russian will search existing dictionaries in vain for such words as "cash machine," "road rage," "mobile phone," and many other terms reflecting the rapidly changing reality in the former Soviet Union.

    This completely revised edition of The Oxford Russian Dictionary is the first to incorporate those changes. Offering a comprehensive look at both languages, it includes over 185,000 words and phrases and 290,000 translations. The dictionary provides exceptional coverage of regional Russian, British, and American dialects as well as of modern idioms and colloquial usage, with numerous illustrative examples. It also includes all common abbreviations and acronyms, such asP, ROM, AIDS, and others; helpful advice on difficult points of grammar; and pronunciation in the International Phonetic Alphabet for every English headword, an indispensable aid for Russian speakers. Features include:

    DT *Over 185,000 words and phrases, and 290,000 translations to provide comprehensive coverage of contemporary Russian and English

    DT *All the latest vocabulary from "hyperinflation" to "multimedia" and from "cash machine" to "electronic security system" and "road rage"

    DT *Special emphasis on current idioms and colloquial usage with thousands of examples to illustrate their use

    DT *The latest business, computing, and specialist vocabulary along with common abbreviations and acronyms

    DT *Attractive layout to facilitate ease of use, improved typography, and Russian alphabet at the foot of each page

    Unsurpassed in convenience and in comprehensive, reliable coverage, this new edition of The Oxford Russian Dictionary will be the first choice for students, teachers, translators, and anyone who needs to keep abreast of the Russian language as it is spoken today. ... Read more

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    2-0 out of 5 stars Kind of weak, especially when compared to Penguins...
    Oh woes me! I lost my Penguin dictionary and had to shell out [price] for this sub-par and seriously inferior dictionary. Compared with Penguin...well there in no comparison: This one seriously lacks in idiomatic expressions, slang, synonyms and sentence examples for their words. I need to get another Pengiun dictionary fast!

    Why are good Russian materials so hard to find? If you're a Russian guru, make some money and alleviate this problem!!!

    2-0 out of 5 stars Very poor dictionary
    This is a big thick heavy volume printed in nice large
    font on fine white paper, and it is mostly useless.
    I am a native Russian speaker and pretty good in English,
    having studied it for good quarter a century. I was looking
    for a decent dictionary to look up more difficult words,
    and I was specifically looking for one volume two-way
    Russian-English dictionary for ease of use.
    This dictionary turned out to be a waste of money. It only
    has the most primitive words both in Russian and English
    sections, no slang (and I am talking standard slang, not
    street speak), definitions are poor, very few synonyms.
    It may be good for beginners but as a reference dictionary
    I would not recommend it to anybody.

    5-0 out of 5 stars An excellent reference
    As a Russian translator in the U.S. military, I have used this edition as well as earlier ones in my work, and I have to say that this is an improvement upon the others, which were already very good. A question for the reviewer who wrote that the back cover contained spelling mistakes in Russian: Where are they? I know the spelling system of the language quite well, and reading the back cover several times, I could find neither spelling mistakes nor incorrect case endings. As for word choice in Russian, it could be that native speakers would have phrased some things differently (as a non-native speaker, it's hard for me to judge), but the Russian text is certainly grammatically correct and the meaning is clearly conveyed.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Probably not the best English - Russian dictionary...
    It's a very good dictionary, many words, phrases; it is promoted as a reference for people studying Russian. But its English-to-Russian part is definitely not the best in the field, it's evident that it was written by English speaking people. The back cover not only suffers from wrong choice of words, but even contains severe spelling mistakes.

    5-0 out of 5 stars EXCELLENT Reference !!!!
    I had used three other Russian/English dictionarys but this has it all. It even has some 4 letter words you might find offensive. My wife is Russian and our communication has improved because of this fantastic dictionary. The meanings of words have been well researched and are translated exactly. I would recommend this reference for anyone learning Russian or for the Russian needing an English word equivilant. ... Read more

    7. Ultimate Russian Beginner-Intermediate (CD/Book) (Living Language Ultimate Basic-Intermediate Series (Manual & CD))
    by Living Language
    list price: $79.95
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    Asin: 1400021170
    Catlog: Book (2004-09-21)
    Publisher: Living Language
    Sales Rank: 89902
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    8. Golosa: A Basic Course in Russian, Book 1 (3rd Edition)
    by Richard Robin, Karen Evans-Romaine, Galina Shatalina, Joanna Robin
    list price: $78.67
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    Asin: 0130494569
    Catlog: Book (2002-08-09)
    Publisher: Prentice Hall
    Sales Rank: 100878
    Average Customer Review: 3.88 out of 5 stars
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    Book Description

    This is a 2-volume,communicative approach to Russian that is designed to help students reachthe ACTFL Intermediate range in speaking and Intermediate High in readingand listening.This market leader is a 5 skills, mainstreambook with a clear chapter structure, with more emphasis on reading documentsusing authentic materials. The book includes a manageable vocabulary load,extensive and accessible listening comprehension exercises, and expanded andupdated cultural information.For anyone interested in learningbasic Russian. ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars A voice for The Voice
    I recently finished an accelerated Russian "101" course. We went through the whole book this past semester. Wow! I speak French and Spanish, so I understand more than the average student. I had never studied Russian before. By the end of the course, my Russian was good. This book/course work, in conjunction with constant conversation practice, allowed me to develop an impressive level of Russian. I surprised several Russian exchange students with my abilities. Not knowing all of the rammifications of the language, please consider that my review is from a STUDENT'S standpoint. I am not a linguistic scholar. Book 1 covers all of the cases, while enforcing basic vocabulary and common expressions. Book 2 I will see next semester! I am aware of two other modern Russian college texts: "Nachalo" and "Troika." I hope that my review has helped!

    5-0 out of 5 stars I love this book
    Golasa RULES!!! I wouldn't want to learn russian any other way.

    4-0 out of 5 stars A student who has used this book
    I have used this book in a two course sequence that was taught by a native Russian speaker who has graduate degrees in philology from prestigous universities in Moscow. I consider her considerably more knowlegeable about the Russian language and how to teach it to Americans than the know-it-all, KMM, who gives this book an unbelievable single star.

    Our instructor, who actually knows something about Russia, having lived there for at least 45 years before coming to the US, repeatedly informed us that Golosa is the best text available and easily supersedes anything else that is available. It works for me.

    My teacher warned us that a very limited number of phrases weren't culturally authentic and explained why. But, this book is more than adequate. Though some of the tapes don't conform exactly to the text, this engenders some level of sponteneity and helps develop listening skills.

    Ignore KMM's diatribes against this book. Talk about a complete lack of crediblity! KMM rails against the American authors of the book, but apparently because KMM is French and knows a little English, too, KMM has expert status and superior knowlege about how native English speakers should learn Russian. Duh???

    Wasn't KMM the person who essentially indicated that only a native Russian speaker can teach a Russian course? So, by KMM's own logic, ignore a native French speaker's comments on a Russian language text for Americans. KMM must agree that is it not possible for KMM to understand the needs of an English speaker in learning any language, except possibly French?

    The specific criticisms KMM makes of this book-bad graphics and an incomplete "how to tell time" section-miss the mark, widely. Graphics: I've used the book and have two advanced degrees from nationally recognized institutions. I've seen a lot of textbooks. These graphics are adequate. Though some of the letters and notes reproduced in cursive script are a bit difficult to read, isn't the handwriting of many people difficult to read?

    How to tell time: The time keeping information isn't introduced just to provide a complete discussion of how time is told in Russian. Rather, it is provided to acquint the beginner with one of the six complex "cases" that must be introduced to cover the basics. Hint to KMM: In Russian telling the time isn't as simple as "Six heures et demi", which is not different from English in structure.

    Maybe KMM is only upset because Russian is so much more complex and difficult to learn than French. There are six "cases" and the nouns and adjectives must be "declined" to agree as to number, gender AND case. Even the "gender" is more complicated than French, because there is a neuter, not just a masculine and feminine. Then, almost none of the words are English cognates, though there are some French cognates. Anyone who suggests that Russian can be learned in a self-instruction program doesn't know enough about the subject to be taken seriously.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Better than the rest (but wait for the 3rd edition)
    I am on the brink of completing an intensive Russian course (1 year of Russian compressed into one quarter) which has used this series. Over the course of 8 weeks with the two books and a PhD candidate as my guide I have found myself possessing enough proficiency to converse with a couple I met on a bus, to listen to the news in Russian, and assume I could keep my head above water were I to travel.

    The authors' approach is vastly different from other texts I have encountered. A large number of listening and reading excercises accompany lessons on grammar and a wealth of vocabulary. Texts and dialogues, unlike other texts, are not overly glossed and seem to focus on adding unknown words and phrases, forcing the student to pick out what he or she understands to follow the action. Such an approach approximates what a student might experience in a real world situation.

    For a student or teacher of early Russian classes I believe there to be few better books. I could not recommend the text and the authors' approach more. Although I would suggest awaiting the 3rd edition (the current edition is rife with confusing errors and typos as well as a cumbersome delivery system for the accompanying audio) the issues can be surmounted by a dedicated student and/or knowledgeable teacher. They do little, however, to detract from the overall quality inherent in the books' approach to learning.

    3-0 out of 5 stars Detailed but not very creative
    Unfortunately this one of the better text books for the Russian language available. Before you buy this product look at the author's names. Neither is Russian. I am American High School French teacher and fluent in French having learned it by textbook and real world exposure. Before buying any language program make sure at least one author is a native speaker of the foreign language and the other is a native speaker of your own language. Although this book has extensive explanations of how the complicated noun declensions change, it does not provide a sufficient amount of real world examples as to when or how to use them. Although present tense verbs are clearly explained, the perfect and imperfect for past and future are not presented clearly. Many sections are poorly conceived. For example, one chapter section which explains time of day, only instructs you how to tell time on the hour but not how to say any minute, quarter or half hour interval. The book's illustrations are the worst I have seen in any modern foreign language textbook. Picture examples in the book, which are supposed to inspire you to think, only serve to confuse the reader. I completed this course solo along with the lab manual. It was not a pleasant learning experience. I would only suggest this book to someone who is taking a course in a university and that a native Russian who speaks PERFECT English is teaching the course. I would not suggest this book to any one trying to go it alone. Good Luck to you all. ... Read more

    9. Take Off in Russian: More Audio Than Any Comparable Course : The Easiest Way to Learn Russian (Take Off In...)
    by Nick Ukiah
    list price: $44.52
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    Asin: 0198603118
    Catlog: Book (2001-06-01)
    Publisher: Oxford Press
    Sales Rank: 332735
    Average Customer Review: 4.75 out of 5 stars
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    4-0 out of 5 stars Good, but not for everyone
    The good things about this course are its systematic approach to learning the language, and its combination of written and audio material. The one shortcoming is that the course covers quite a bit of ground, and there is not enough reinforcement of previously learned concepts.

    Also, be aware that this is mostly a written course, and the material on the CDs is an adjunct. This is _not_ a course you can do in your car.

    5-0 out of 5 stars My Favorite Russian Course
    I have been studying Russian, on my own, for about a year. I have tried Rosetta Stone, Pimsleur and many other courses. The other courses, although very good for what they are, seemed to be lacking in one area or another. I also seemed to get bored with the other programs. With this book and CDs, I wanted to keep learning. This course will teach you all the aspects of beginning Russian, at the fastest pace and the cheapest price, which is why I chose it as my favorite Russian learning course.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Great value
    This book is really worth the money. It comes with 5 hours of audio on CD or cassette. The narrator sounds like a Russian Arnold Schwarzenegger (complete with the occasional witticism).
    I started learning Russian from Nicholas Brown's Penguin Russian course, which is a very professional book, but alas doesn't come with tapes. Sure, Brown gives good phonetic transcriptions, but you need the actual audio to reassure yourself you're actually saying the right thing! Nothing in language learning is so conspicuous as a good or bad accent, and I'm glad I have this unpretentious Oxford course to help me along.

    5-0 out of 5 stars So, you want to learn Russian...
    This is an excellent way to get started in Russian. The blend of exercises in audio and written gives the student a lot of exposure to spoken and written Russian in very short order. One thing I really like about this is the mixing of functional and literary Russian in both the book and the tapes or CD. This will prepare the student for a variety of experiences in the language, both from a cultural and business perspective.

    I will not say you get a lot of cultural exposure from the tapes, but rather, you will be prepared to access cultural material such as Russian magazines, newspapers, television, and the like. It isnt the fish, but rather the teaching how to fish.

    The functional aspect of the course avoids stock phrasing, per se, but teaches you how to put things together in order to achieve the goal, such as buyin Pravda, or ice cream, or navigating the Metro. So you can get some work done, and have a good time while you are at it.

    I would not say that one becomes an expert after finishing this course (I will let you know when I finish it.) But I am already beginning to enough in Pravda to figure out what the article is about. It is a great start on learning Russian as far as I am concerned. ... Read more

    10. Using Russian : A Guide to Contemporary Usage
    by Derek Offord
    list price: $27.99
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    Asin: 0521457602
    Catlog: Book (1996-11-21)
    Publisher: Cambridge University Press
    Sales Rank: 166438
    Average Customer Review: 4.86 out of 5 stars
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    5-0 out of 5 stars Amazing addition to the Russian learner's library
    I purchased this book after using the Advanced Grammar Course by the same author. I was positively amazed at just a glance through the book. The extensive idiom lists, vocabulary lists, and clear, consise explanations of grammar have made this book the number one book I use for reference. I especially found helpful the section on Russian words that give native English speakers trouble. If you're looking for a book that puts most of the material you've covered in years of study of the Russian language in one place, Using Russian couldn't be more ideal.

    The book doesn't include exercises, of course, but the sample sentences provided are sufficient enough to make clear meaning and usage. The book includes an excellent array of vocabulary arranged into very easy-to-find sections, plus lists an index of words and affixes used in the books so you should encounter no trouble looking it up. Concepts are also indexed in a separate index. I couldn't be more pleased with my purchase.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Russian Students NEED this book
    This is NOT a textbook for learning Russian, but a reference for students already familair with the Russian language.

    There comes a point where a student does not want to wade through 4 different textbooks trying to find a specific point of grammar. This book has everything an intermediate to advanced Russian speaker needs. Points are explained clearly and concisely, and almost every aspect of Russian grammar is in here. The only draw back is the numbering system used for finding specific points. The contents do not list thing by page number, rather by sub-sections within a chapter. This can get a bit frustrating, but is extremely minor compared to the overall utility.

    5-0 out of 5 stars An invaluable addition to your Russian bookshelf!
    I don't want you to sit here and read the same words of high praise and book description that other reviewers have covered because I endorse all of it! Even with a degree in Russian I am finding a wealth of important and interesting information in "Using Russian". The level is truly advanced but would also be fitting for an intermediate learner. There is a new point I wish to add, however. If you have a grammar book already, such as "A Comprehensive Russian Grammar" by T.Wade, or a similar book, then don't be persuaded just to pass "Using Russian" off as just another grammar that you don't need because you have one already. You will, no doubt, find overlap and repetition of some of the information in your regular grammar, but "Using Russian" goes way beyond it too, believe me! It is about effective usage of the language as well as just looking at declensions and conjugations which is what you get in your regular grammar.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Very good reading
    Do you know basic/intermediate Russian, but are you tired of reading traditional textbooks or boring grammars? Do you read Russian literature but find it slow and difficult? If the answer to both these questions is yes, then "Using Russian, a guide to contemporary usage" is a book for you; it reads like a novel, but is not a boring grammar. And it should help you advance to a more advanced level.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Outstanding! The Key to Truly Mastering Russian
    This book is simply unbelievable in its scope and detail. It even surpasses Terrence Wade's "A Comprehensive Russian Grammar". Derek Offord starts out with an examination of the major levels of speech, i.e. register 1 (colloquial or common speech), register 2 (the polite speech of an educated person which is not formal), and register 3 (the advanced formal speech, such as scientific, official business, and publicistic speech). He also mentions a sub-level of speech which does not fall into the appropriate speech of the above registers, but includes slang and vulgar speech. He not only analyzes these levels of speech, but gives detailed examples of each. And that's just chapter one!

    Chapter two deals with problems in meaning, such as homophones, homonyms, and words found only in the plural or only in the singular.

    Chapter three deals with words that are hard to translate from English to Russian.

    Chapter four deals with special vocabulary and idioms, including interjections and vulgar speech.

    Chapter five delves into extrememly useful ways to use Russian for measurement, currency, fractions, time, telephone numbers, postal addresses, family relationships, public notices, abbreviations, acronyms, names of countries and nationalities, and names denoting inhabitants of Russian cities and towns.

    Chapter six examines verbal etiquette in depth.

    Chapter seven goes into word formation with all its variations, such as suffix and prefix, and augmentatives versus diminutives.

    Chapter eight looks at inflection, chapter nine examines prepositions, and chapter ten goes deep into syntax for all the cases.

    I agree with the previous reviewer who said that the word "awesome" would be an understatement to describe this book. This book is truly the key to mastery, well worth the money to buy it and the time to study it. ... Read more

    11. The New Penguin Russian Course (Penguin Handbooks)
    by Nicholas J. Brown
    list price: $17.00
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    Asin: 0140120416
    Catlog: Book (1996-12-01)
    Publisher: Penguin Books
    Sales Rank: 7482
    Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars
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    5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent and thorough introduction for the serious student
    I used this book in the second term of an accelarated version of First Year Russian at the University level. Brown's introduction to the language is really incredible.

    Unlike many more expensive and flashier products, Brown covers ALL the main grammatical topics in the Russian language with a minimum of jargon. Other books either gloss over or over-complicate concepts like verbal aspect or participles -- discouraging students from continuing their study of the language.

    At the same time, the shopper should be ware that this is not a phrasebook, or business travel course. It is oriented around teaching the reader Russian at a first year University level (or British A-level, as Brown himself notes). While I have no doubt that this text can be used on its own without tapes (Russian is, after all a phonetic langauge) or perhaps even an instructor, to self-study with this book, the student must be absolutely serious and disciplined. The book has a number of exercises and examples, which are very helpful.

    The maximum benefit will be realized from this book by the reader who already has a good understanding of the Cyrillic script (not a very difficult one), and who will use Brown's book as the main text in a program supplemented by other vocabulary-building and grammar-practice texts, and preferrably an instructor.

    After four years of serious study, I am now fluent in Russian thanks to the foundation that Brown's book provided. If you are serious about the language, and have the discipline to seriously study Russian through an instructional text, Brown's Russian Course is the book for you.

    5-0 out of 5 stars An excellent basic Russian course for self study.
    This is the revised edition of an earlier Penguin Russian coursebook available many years ago. I haven't seen that text, but this book is the best self study stand alone text for any language that I have seen. I wish Penguin had the same type of book for German.

    The book progresses in a very sensible way, all of the things you learn are in an order that builds a very solid foundation before moving on to the next lesson. At times you will run into areas where the author offers "extras" that he says can be skipped. My advice is don't. In the first few chapters the "extras" are pages explaining the correct way to pronounce words. He claims that you'll be understood if you pronounce the words phonetically as they're written, but why not take the little extra time and get it right? There's also great information on Russian handwriting, some cultural info (very brief), but the book is all business.

    One thing that it lacks is a way to hear native speakers, of course. While it goes a long way trying to explain how Russian is spoken, you won't be able to avoid tapes or some other method of actually hearing the language properly spoken. One inexpensive way would be Barron's Pronounce it Perfectly in Russian. The best way would be to purchase the Pimsleur lessons, but they're prohibitively expensive for most people.

    This book is a great foundation for learning Russian. It's a bargain. I also recommend another book by the author, the "Russian Learners' Dictionary", especially along with the Vis-ed Russian flashcards.

    5-0 out of 5 stars New Penguin Russian Course
    There's not much I can add to the positive reviews already noted, but just for the record, this book is extremely useful for dedicated and/or full-time (like myself) students of the Russian language.

    5-0 out of 5 stars A Godsend Clarifier
    The Russian language presents a lot of difficulties at the outset for beginners, even if you have already studied languages before. I first wanted to study Russian three years ago, and was constantly trying and giving up because of the endings and the verbal aspect, among other things. I had already gained a fair vocabulary, a fair mastery of noun endings, and an understanding of aspect. But when I bought this book, everything became very non-threatening. I easily learned a lot of small grammatical details, as well as ones that baffled me for years. All verbs are given in both aspect forms, and noun irregularities are shown. This did not discourage me, but rather made me want to lern the irregular stuff to enhance my correctness.

    To all those fascinated with Russia and it's language, but cannot seem to get it right and are discouraged, fear not. This book will lift your spirits and show you that Russian is not that hard of a language afterall! I have also found studying Russian helpful in decoding the seemingly totally-irregular grammars of Polish and other Slavic languages. Knowing Russian will help you learn about ten more of these languages. Buy this book, grab a hold, and you'll soon be on friendly terms with Russian!

    5-0 out of 5 stars Worthy of attention from serious students
    It's easy to see from the reviews for this book that there are more than one type of language learner. If you want Russian spoon-fed to you, forget it and learn Italian, French, etc. Russian only becomes usable when you have all of the inflected endings organized and stored in your head. And the only way to accomplish that is by studying with some degree of passion.

    I used this book along with the 3 pimsleur sets on russian and now have a very strong foundation to proceed into advanced studies. This book has a good mix of grammar and texts to translate. I never felt overwhelmed. That said, I progressed on a two-steps-forward and one-step-back basis. You will too if you want to learn Russian, so don't sweat it. It's normal. I was relieved when I got to chapter 10 or so and the book said something about "you have now met X number of words and have probably forgot most of them. That's ok. Just learn them again and it will get easier."

    My one regret with the book: I wish there was a workbook for more exercises. The exercises in the book are good, but I had to make up my own to really become accomplished at slinging those endings the way I wanted.

    Stay away from this book if you are looking for nice phrases for travelers. This book will teach you only if you put the right kind of effort into your studies.

    I have dozens of books on Russian and this is the one that taught me what I needed to know. ... Read more

    12. Berlitz Russian Phrase Book (Berlitz Phrase Book)
    by Berlitz Publishing
    list price: $8.95
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    Asin: 2831562384
    Catlog: Book (1998-12-01)
    Publisher: Berlitz Guides
    Sales Rank: 88616
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    Book Description

    Completely redesigned for greater ease of use, this new Russian phrase book opens with an essentials section, offering the most basic vocabulary for each unit and serving as a quick point of reference. Includes over 1,200 phrases and over 2,300 words. Maps & index. ... Read more

    13. Schaum's Outline of Russian Grammar
    by James S. Levine
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    Asin: 0070382387
    Catlog: Book (1999-05-31)
    Publisher: McGraw-Hill
    Sales Rank: 60758
    Average Customer Review: 4.89 out of 5 stars
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    Book Description

    Each point of grammar and structure is explained simply, and illustrated with examples, in this powerful study guide. The next-best thing to a private tutor, this book makes even difficult topics like declensions clear. Students begin by mastering the Cyrillic alphabet and correct pronunciation. The many practice exercises start readers using this language in everyday situations. ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Not for the casual student, but an excellent grammar text
    This is my second Russian grammar book. I started out with Teach Yourself Russian Grammar by Daphne West, and while it's a great grammar text for the casual self student, Schaum's is better and will take you farther.

    To get the most from this you'll need to really work at it, but I hope to graduate from this to Terence Wade's grammar text and workbook.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent resource for the serious student of Russian
    This Schaum isn't for the faint of heart, it's for serious students of the language. As such it's excellent. A very comprehensive grammar trainer it will work your grammar skills to a fairly high level. The key of course is to actually do the grammar exercises, something I sometimes lagged behind on.

    Great for students or those who work in areas that deal with Russia. I highly recommend it.

    5-0 out of 5 stars If your studying Russian, this will your best friend!
    I can't rave enough about this book. I've gotten several grammars and do-it-yourself courses, but this book lays it all out on the line in simple, easy to follow language. The accents are marked, exceptions are explained, and rules are given in a format ideal for memorization. Combine that with the vocabulary that can be gleaned from the text, and you have your key to the russian language. I just wish that Professor Levine had writted the vocabulary guide, then the accents would have been marked. I wish I could give it 6 stars!

    5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent just like the math outlines
    I'd used quite a few of Schaum's other Outline series titles in various math courses, ranging from statistics to calculus and differential equations, but this is the first one I've tried in a non-quanititative area, and I was pleased to see the quality shines through here also.

    This is a great outline and review of Russian grammar. Russian has some major pitfalls for the English language speaker, such as the complex case system, which has six cases just like Latin; three genders, male, female, and neuter; and a verb classification system that is foreign to us. This is the concept of directed vs. non-directed motion.

    For example, in Russian there are two words for walking. If you were just strolling aimlessly around, such as walking in a park, you would use one verb. But if you were walking with a specific goal in mind, such as you were heading somewhere and had a specific destination in mind, you'd use the other verb. Many Russian verbs have this dual feature, which means you have to learn two verbs to do what in English you'd do with one verb and an adverb.

    The other major way the Russian verbal system differs from English and many other Indo-European languages is that it is built primarily on the concept of aspect rather than tense. This means Russian verbs are more concerned with whether the action was complete or is incomplete, rather than whether the action took place at a certain point in time, as in the familar past, present, and future tenses. In grammar this is known as the perfective-imperfective dimension, "perfective" referring to completed action, and "imperfective" referring to an action that is still going on or hasn't been completed yet. An example in English of the perfect indicative is "I spoke." An example of the imperfect indicative is "I was speaking."

    In this context I'm reminded of the example of Japanese, which doesn't have a very detailed tense system either, and in fact lacks the future tense, and has to use the progressive present to express that, if I remember correctly. However, it has instead a complex system of moods or modal verbs, which express such notions as the probability of an action, doubt, the attitude of the speaker toward the subject or person, and so on. This book discusses these complex features of Russian grammar along with many others, and has some of the clearest explanations on these topics that I've seen.

    I thought I'd mention one more aspect of Russian grammar, actually phonetics, that I didn't see in the book, since it's very interesting too. This is the phenomenon in Russian of a consonant tending to assimilate the sounds that come before it, as in the sentence, "Ya yedu va gorody," where the "g" sound affects the prononciation of "va" word in front of it. English has just the opposite tendency, as in word, "dogs," where the "s" sounds like a "z" instead of the normal "s" sound because of the affect of the voiced g. Hence, English has forward or anterograde assimilation of consonants, and Russian has the opposite, or regressive assimilation of consonants.

    Overall this is another outstanding study outline from Schaum that I can recommend especially to first year Russian students, or anyone needing a quick review of this subject.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent Teacher Resource
    I teach Russian at the high school level.

    The Schaum's Russian Grammar outline has the clearest explanation of the difficult subject of Russian motion verbs that I have ever seen.

    The author, Dr. James Levine, divides the Russian subjunctive into The Conditional (260) and The Subjunctive (262). I think this approach is very helpful for students because it is less confusing.

    The discussion and exercises of the difficult Russian Indefinite Pronouns (134-136) was well-organized and highlighted when the particles "to" or "nibud" should be used.

    The text is careful to use a vocabulary that is remarkably consistent with what students are learning in their main text.

    The explanations and the exercises in the text can be used as a supplement to a regular text. Many high school and university texts today have video and audio materials, but the grammar analysis is not as developed as it might be. This modestly-priced text is an excellent way to bridge this gap. The grammar explanations are clearer for an English-speaker than the Russian-published texts.

    The rules for Russian grammar are very carefully and logically explained; the words are accented; and the exercises have an answer key that is helpful for students studying independently.

    This is the best Russian grammar book on the market. ... Read more

    14. Russian II 2nd Ed. (Compr.) [CD]
    by Pimsleur
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    Asin: 0743525981
    Catlog: Book (2003-07-01)
    Publisher: Pimsleur
    Sales Rank: 495541
    Average Customer Review: 4 out of 5 stars
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    3-0 out of 5 stars Not helpful without dialogue text of CDs!
    Although I agree that Pimsleur's Russian I,II and III CD sets are a great way to quickly learn to speak and understand spoken Russian, I am constantly frustrated by the lack of the written text of these dialogues! Surely, for the price we have to pay for these CD sets, we are entitled to a text copy of what the Russian speakers are saying on all of the CDs!! Why doesn't Pimsleur provide the text?? They already have it in-house (for the Russian speakers to read from) and should make it available to those of us who need to learn to read the Russian text as we are learning the Russian phonetic sounds.

    5-0 out of 5 stars A godsend for the busy language enthusiast
    I am a high school student who decided last year to learn Russian, and no program has come even remotely close to Pimsleur, when it comes to helping me in real life situations, and practical vocabulary. I had completed a few beginner's written courses, and dabbled in the living language complete course, but when school started up again, I found myself without adequate time to effectively live up to a time commitment on the all-consuming and grammar intensive written courses. After this study, I found myself able to read simple passages, and string together sentences, but I lacked the seamless spoken ability that I wanted. It was around this time that I tried pimsleur for an introduction to Japanese, and fell in love with it. I immediately got the Russian level 2 course, and now I don't have to sit at my desk after my homework is done, and can just sit in my armchair, and pop in a tape. This course works completely different than any drill, and is so pervasive and effective that I am finding myself having trouble with oral practice in spanish class, becuase of the instinct to speak Russian that this course provides so well. Since then it has been a godsend, helping me actually put to use the vocabulary I had learned, and taking a whole new approach to grammar. I am now able to have real, meaningful conversations with Russian speaking teachers and kids at my school, and I would recommend Pimsleur whole-heartedly to anyone who is serious about attaining real and useful spoken language skills, but is very busy. ... Read more

    15. Pronounce It Perfectly in Russian (Pronounce It Perfectly)
    by Thomas R., Jr., Ph.D. Beyer
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    Asin: 0812080165
    Catlog: Book (1994-08-01)
    Publisher: Barron's Educational Series
    Sales Rank: 29231
    Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars
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    4-0 out of 5 stars Excellent and reasonably priced
    Russian is a very hard language for native English speakers to pronounce correctly. There are sounds in Russian that are not only not made in English, but are difficult for the non Russian to even HEAR, like the soft consonants. I originally thought I could get my pronunciation right by mimicking Pimsleur lessons and using a text book, but after being corrected again and again by my Russian friends, I decided to give this a try.

    This book covers everything related to pronunciation. There are diagrams indicating the position of your tongue and lips, examples of the words where the individual sounds are used, pronunciation rules, and finally, proper intonation of sentences to acheive a proper accent. This is an excellent tool at a very reasonable price.

    I'd give it five stars if it came on a CD instead of cassettes. I can't believe they still use the wretched things.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Pronounce it PERFECTLY in Russian
    This cassette/tape combo is a great learning tool for Russian pronunciation. It contains detailed diagrams that show how the mouth should be formed for each letter. The two tapes (90 min. each) are very clear and easy to understand. The course takes you step-by-step, teaching you the sound and name of each letter of the Russian alphabet. It goes even further to give you an understanding of certain rules of the alphabet. You also learn sentences and read certain literary passages such as a passage from Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy. This compact course contains eleven units and a small English/Russian glossary in the back. The only complaint I have is that the speakers do not give you enough pause-time to say the words yourself (you might have to stop the tape in order to pronounce a word). Other than that I highly recommend it along with the New Penguin Russian Course.

    3-0 out of 5 stars A few flaws
    This is a decent introduction, although there are better audio learning programs available. The main flaw is that the announcers are rushed and seem to be shouting at you. (You can't understand, I'll speak louder). The rushing results in an even greater flaw, the pauses are not long enough for the listener to repeat the words without speaking over the next word he or she is supposed to be listening to. It is, however, a much less expensive introduction than, say, Pimsleur and could be worthwhile for that reason.

    5-0 out of 5 stars what can i say? Russian! that's what!
    thorough course, with book & two cassettes. ain't much out there for pronounciating [sic] the tricky Roosky language, so good thing this is available...

    5-0 out of 5 stars Russian made easy
    The Pronounce it Perfectly in Russian tapes and book have made learning a second language very easy. I have tried to learn other languages before and tossed the books and tapes. Upon inserting the tape into the player and listening for only a few seconds I was actually learning words with ease. I would suggest this product to anyone wishing to learn the beautiful Russian language. ... Read more

    16. Word by Word Picture Dictionary English/Russian Edition
    by Steven Molinsky
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    Asin: 0131258575
    Catlog: Book (1996-02-13)
    Publisher: Pearson ESL
    Sales Rank: 143548
    Average Customer Review: 4 out of 5 stars
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    3-0 out of 5 stars disappointing
    True, this book has almost every imaginable word you would need if visiting Russia or trying to communicate with your new child from Russia BUT it does NOT have any pronounciation help. Every word is written, well, in the Russian alphabet. So unless you can read Russian letters and pronounce them, this book is really no help.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Awesome for older children adopted from Russia!
    We are in the process of adopting a 15 year old boy from Russia. While we are learning Russian, I doubt we will know enough to converse with him those first few months. This book is awesome! It has pictures for just about anything you could think of!! And, next to the pictures are both the English and Cyrillic words. For example, there is a page that shows a daily routine of getting up, taking a shower, brushing your teeth, etc. It has pictures for every object in your house. It has food items. Grocery store items. Sports. School activities. It is absolutely wonderful!! I feel very confident that we will be able to communicate with our new son. ... Read more

    17. V puti: Russian Grammar in Context
    by Olga Kagan, Frank Miller
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    Asin: 0134748913
    Catlog: Book (1995-08-10)
    Publisher: Prentice Hall
    Sales Rank: 225670
    Average Customer Review: 4 out of 5 stars
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    This innovative book contains twelve units and combines a communicative approach with a solid grammar foundation that will prepare readers for further study at the advanced level.Takes a contrastive cultures approach that consists of the exchange of information between Americans and Russians. Develops all four language skills in each unit. Each lesson contains: conversations followed by various oral exercises; writing assignments; grammar review or introduction followed by exercises; authentic reading selections from newspapers (“Reading for Information”); a discussion of Russian speech conventions; and an unabridged literary book (“Reading for Pleasure”). ... Read more

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    4-0 out of 5 stars An Excellent Start to Learning Intermediate Russian
    This is a great tool to help you learn Russian, and is even more helpful when used in conjunction with the workbook that goes along with it. After reading this book (and doing the workbook excercises) you will have a fairly good ability to communicate in Russian about common subjects. A good thing about this book is that its author, Olga Kagan, (who I studied under at UCLA) adheres to the philosophy that learning a language shouldn't be done through mere translation (this-English-word=that-Russian-word), but should be approached by taking the words in context and by seeing how Russian phrases/words are used, and not just what they mean. The only thing lacking from this book is that there aren't enough oral exercises, but overall, if you already know basic Russian and want to move to the next level, this is an excellent way to do it. ... Read more

    18. Russian to English Dictionary
    by A. L. Smirnitsky
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    Asin: 0828812322
    Catlog: Book (1991)
    Publisher: French & European Pubns
    Sales Rank: 1280021
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    One of the most popular dictionaries for students of Russian.This dictionary contains approximately 60,000 entries. ... Read more

    19. Russian in 10 Minutes a Day
    by Kristine K. Kershul
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    Asin: 0944502474
    Catlog: Book (1997-02-01)
    Publisher: Bilingual Books (WA)
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    Average Customer Review: 2.71 out of 5 stars
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    2-0 out of 5 stars Big book, pretty pictures, not much to learn.
    This book might be okay for kids, but it's not really a serious learning tool. Learning a language in ten minutes a day may be a fun fantasy, but the resources available in this book won't do much to help you learn Russian.

    On the surface the book looks great - big pictures, stickers, activities, flash cards and a laminated "pocket pal" with a short list of phrases and such. The problem with these resources is that they all fall short when scrutinized individually. There aren't enough flash cards, and the words that are chosen are sort of odd. Some are obvious for the beginner, but many just leave me scratching my head as to why they picked them. The activities in the book are the best part, but as a workbook, it's only average. The stickers are a good idea in theory, but are you really going to put stickers on objects all around your house? The "pocket pal" phrasebook would be a decent idea, but it's a real pain to get out of the book (I had to cut it out with a razor knife), and it's too big to fit comfortably in your pocket when folded up. Because this book tries to be everything to everyone it falls short on all counts.

    If you want to learn Russian and can only buy one text, buy yourself the Penguin Russian Course if you want an inexpensive beginners textbook and then make your own flash cards. If you can afford a little more, get the ready made Russian cards from Vis-ed. For a workbook try the Berlitz Basic Russian Workbook, and then a decent phrasebook like the one from Lonely Planet. These products are all available from Amazon and may cost a little more in total, but will take you much farther.

    1-0 out of 5 stars Don't bother
    This book gives absolutely no insight into the complexities of Russian grammar, and the 'phonetic transcription' will help you do nothing other that get laughed at by native Russian speakers if you try to use it on them. Basically, a good waste of money.

    1-0 out of 5 stars Don't
    If there were a way to put zero stars and still post a review, this book wouldn't have even gotten one.
    Over time I have aquired 6 languages. This book is the worst language book I have ever seen.
    1. It does not provide accent marks, why bother even having it? You will have to get another book to learn how to pronounce the, why bother with this?
    2. It as a cool idea to learn Russian in 10 minutes a day (with this book, 10 minutes a day for the next 15 years still wouldn't teach you to do anything but to go around hoping to find magic vocabulary stickers.)
    It does not provide, cogent explanations, or examples for syntax and grammar points. There is some vocabulary, but without real explanations of how to use the language, the book is pointless.
    3. I recommend a travel phrasebook if that is all you want. Get a real text, Penguin's course isn't bad, or the "Ultimate Russian: Basic-Intermediate (Living Language Ultimate. Basic-Intermediate Series (Manual & Cassettes)) Nancy Novak / Crown Audio Cassettes / April 1998" if you really want learn, aquire, and use Russian.
    4. "10-minutes.." is too big to carry around, too vapid for any real learning, and too disorganised to make any progress on any single topic.
    5. The book is snake oil. I doubt the author had any intention of really trying to be usefull. It was easy to write, cheap to print, a quick money maker for a lazy author.
    Get something else.
    San Antonio physician.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Good supplemental study tool.
    For anyone who wants to begin learning Russian, I wouldn't recommend relying on this book exclusively - you've got to have some language tapes or other means of aural study - but it makes for a nice compliment to more traditional texts. Of course, the "10 minutes a day" concept is silly. However, when study time comes around,I find myself turning to this book more than any other, especially when I only have a little time to study or when I've had a particularly draining day and don't feel up to more serious endeavors. The stickers are great, and I've found the pronunciations to be pretty accurate. It is a definite flaw that they don't show you the stressed vowels, but the individual pronunciations do account for the differences between stressed and unstressed vowels. On its own, this book isn't going to teach you Russian, but it is a fun and accessible supplemental study tool.

    3-0 out of 5 stars Lack of stress marks - an impediment
    The lack of stress marks is a definite impediment. Otherwise, this book adequately covers the needs of those for which it is intended. ... Read more

    20. Easy Russian Phrase Book : Over 690 Basic Phrases for Everyday Use (Dover Easy Phrase Books)
    by Helen Michailoff
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    Asin: 048628669X
    Catlog: Book (1995-06-29)
    Publisher: Dover Publications
    Sales Rank: 33401
    Average Customer Review: 2.71 out of 5 stars
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    Handy volume lets you communicate instantly on topics related to travel, health and medical situations, more. Includes pronunciation guide.
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    1-0 out of 5 stars If you're going to go through the trouble of buying a book..
    Why not buy one that's worthwhile? I bought this and it's worth what it costs, i.e. not much. Spend a few more bucks and get the Lonely Planet Russian Phrasebook. It has a small dictionary, lots of phrases and traveling info.

    I can't even give it two stars for being so cheap. Don't waste your time.

    4-0 out of 5 stars fun and funny little book.
    If you can read Cyrillic, and know basics of pronounciation and a little grammar, this book is great! A fellow reviewer commented that you can't lose by buying a book for $1.50 or $2.00, and I agree, as long as you fulfill the few basic conditions above.

    This book is packed with "690 basic phrases for everyday use." There's very short mundane and useful phrases like "Please speak slowly", "I am an engineer", "Wait a moment!", "Please show me the way --", "Send my regards to your aunt and uncle" to longer, more useless phrases like "You indicate the amount of insurance on the form. What does it contain?" (Useless unless you work in the Russian insurance business, of course.)

    Each phrase is written in English, cyrillic, and then a phonetic english representation of the cyrillic. It's not too bad, if you follow just the phonetic representations, but preferably you should go pick up some pronounciation from a recording or a friend or a teacher who speaks russian.

    When you're at the stage of knowing a little Russian, having a small book like this to read through helps build vocabulary and idiomatic knowledge.

    Caveat Emptor: it's totally worthless by itself! The inside of the book says that this was originally a manual accompanying a Dover recording called "Listen & Learn Russian." Of course, leave it to Dover to squeeze a buck out of a now-defunct recording.

    3-0 out of 5 stars How Can you Lose on a Buck Fifty Book?
    I confess that I have some previous experience with the Russian language and that had I not already known basic letter sounds and inflection I might not have gotten much from this book. Out of curiosity, I asked my 8 year old to try some of the words and short phrases and she did pretty well in sounding everything out.

    The best section of this book deals with food. In a situation when you have very little Russian but desperately need to tell the waiter "Without cheese, please" or something similar this book is aces. It also teaches everyday pleasantries for travellers but a person would need much more than is contained in this book to get around a Russian speaking country comfortably.

    Hey, for a dollar fifty cents, even if you only get a few phrases out of it, it's small and would be good to stuff in your briefcase or bag for quick reference in a pinch. Worst case scenario, you could point to the necessary words as they are well grouped according to the situation or topic at hand.

    1-0 out of 5 stars Plakhoy Kniga! Meenya ne naraivetzah!
    I have several Russian phrasebooks. Except for one I have that had nothing at all in English/Greek alphabet phonetic pronounciations, this book is pretty useless.All the phonetics written in the greek alphabet are in a horribly hard to read print, and are too overly phoneticized with extra letters that bring you to the point of confusion. That is, if you can even make any sense of them. It's not clear where the stress on the word should be, which of course, is very important so that you don't sound like a buffoon when talking to Russian people. I was looking at the book, and saying to myself, if I didn't have any prior knowlege of this language, or live where people speak Russian, I wouldn't be able to make out one thing in this book. I'd say it's A WASTE OF $1.50, even such an inexpensive investment won't pay off, especially for someone just beginning. Go for the Lonely Planet Russian Phrasebook with 2 way dictionary. THAT'S a GREAT book, it's availiable here at amazon too. Spend only a little more, and get a book that REALLY gives you EVERYTHING you need to learn how to speak Russian. Da Svidanya sa seechyas!

    1-0 out of 5 stars Easy as doing push ups with a truck
    Des not provide phonetic assistance. If your not an english major or have post doctoral gramatical skills, buy something else. However, for a buck and a half, it can sit on the shelf until the spring garage sale. ... Read more

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