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Product Details

  • Paperback: 383 pages
  • Publisher: Hippocrene Books; Pap/Dol Bl edition (July 1, 2010)
  • Language: Russian
  • ISBN-10: 0781812518
  • ISBN-13: 978-0781812511
  • Product Dimensions: 10.9 x 8.4 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #49,773 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This book is easy to understand and especially good for self-study.
Galadriel
This is the best and easiest book to teach the Russian language, I studied before in Odessa for a month at a language school ..
Abdullah
One of the best things about this book that it has online part free for all users without any keys.
Oleg Ushakov

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43 of 47 people found the following review helpful By Aljawah Mohammad on August 15, 2010
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What can I say!! this is one of the best books about learning the Russian language. It scores maximum points on many things including the following:

1- It is as complete as any academic textbook.
2- It is a 2 in 1 book. Textbook and workbook.
3- The books website has all the audio/video and answers which makes it ideal for self learners who don't have to rely on an instructor to correct them. Also the audio and video files can be downloaded to be played on a computer or mp3 player and the answers are in PDF which can be printed or downloaded.
4- The price of the book is under $30 which makes it affordable to everyone (note: Golosa, the only book that comes close to this one costs more than $70 with no answers to exercises and the workbook is sold separately).
5- I like the pace at which the book moves forward. The chapters are bite size and the vocabulary and grammar can be absorbed and understood by everyone including absolute beginners.

Bottom line, I've purchased many Russian language books, dictionaries, and software including Rosetta Stone; This is the first book that I will be recommending from now on to anyone interested in learning Russian. So buy it with confidence because it is worth 10 times it's value.
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15 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Gisele on April 6, 2012
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Don't listen to the negative reviews about this book! I almost did and am so glad I didn't. The book is fantastic! For those who want the answers to the exercises...they're on the website under "Key to Textbook Exercises"...not that hard to figure out. Click on the chapter you want and bam. And if you prefer it in a paper copy, then print it off and shove it in the back of your book. Even if you've never spoken a word of Russian, you can use this book. The commentary on the sides plus the thorough website and exercises make it easy enough. And I enjoy textbooks like this that have many different exercises and pictures to look at. I'm a visual learner so it helps me...maybe others not so much. But for the price, you can't do any better than this book with all it offers.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By J. Mitchell on November 29, 2013
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I bought this book as a supplement for a Russian class I am taking, because I didn't feel like I was getting enough practice exercises. This book gave me everything I needed and more for an amazing price!

It has a great way of introducing complicated grammar in a way that makes it easy to understand. There is a good balance of exercises you can do in the book as well as online. The website, which you will use often with the book, has many exercises that include listening and repeating which are naturally essential to learning a language! I know some people complain about the online exercises, but I am usually sitting with my textbook, notebook and laptop all on my desk. In the 2010's, I don't think this is so difficult! The web exercises add even more value to this book.

For the price of this book, it is truly an amazing value. Of course, when starting a language as a beginner, you will progress more quickly if you have a live instructor. Nevertheless, whether you choose this book as a way to begin learning Russian and get a feel for the language, or as a supplement to your Russian class, it is great deal either way!
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12 of 17 people found the following review helpful By beach_hugger on October 13, 2011
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I am a new Russian Major at Arizona State, and my school just starting using this book this year. Overall, it is not a bad text, and as one of the other reviewers said, a great price. That being said, it is completely useless without an instructor (one that has access to the instructors online portion of the book). It is very hard to study for an exam on say, translation, when you have nowhere to check to make sure that the translation in that you did from the book is correct.
After bringing these issues up with my professors, they said that the layout is kind of confusing for them at times as well, but is still better than some other texts that are out there.
So, as I said before, DO NOT BUY THIS unless you are taking a class and it is a required text, otherwise it will be completely useless to you.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Naomi Mendelovicz on March 2, 2013
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There is too much that has to be done online, It would be helpful if an audio CD was included to allow offline work
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By mef on June 7, 2014
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This book is a good starting point for someone with more than phrase book Russian in mind. It is geared towards university study rather than tourism. The interactive online workbook is not optional, it is necessary. If you don't have easy access to the internet don't buy this book. If you do, this book is a good value for the price. The online portion includes listening practice and several activities to help you learn vocabulary, including spelling. If you are ambitious, install a Cyrillic keyboard and learn to type Russian too. I purchased this book for self-study so I am unable to practice the many conversation portions for lack of anyone to converse with. But if you do have someone to practice with then this is a very well rounded curriculum.
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This is the best book for studying Russian I know. I've seen some other books that actually may be used only for learning some theoretical things, not practical. I used this book as a tutor, and I can say that exercises are very thoughtful and helpful. One of the best things about this book that it has online part free for all users without any keys. The only thing I would like to see different for my purposes is content. This book is created for university students, and therefore, the vocabulary and topics are mostly related to students' life, but it's not a big problem.
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