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Colloquial Russian: The Complete Course For Beginners (Colloquial Series) [Kindle Edition]

Svetlana Le Fleming , Susan Kay
3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)

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  • Print ISBN-10: 0415469953
  • Print ISBN-13: 978-0415469951
  • Edition: 3


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Book Description

COLLOQUIAL RUSSIAN is easy to use and completely up to date!

Specially written by experienced teachers for self-study or class use, the course offers a step-by-step approach to written and spoken Russian. No prior knowledge of the language is required.

What makes COLLOQUIAL RUSSIAN your best choice in personal language learning?

Interactive – lots of exercises for regular practice

Clear – concise grammar notes

Practical – useful vocabulary and pronunciation guide

Complete – including answer key and reference section

Whether you're a business traveller, or about to take up?a daring?challenge in?adventure tourism, you may be studying to teach or even looking forward to a holiday - if you'd like to?get up and running with Russian this rewarding course will take you from complete beginner to confidently putting your language skills to use in a wide range of everyday situations.

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Text: English, Russian

Product Details

  • File Size: 9059 KB
  • Print Length: 424 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Up to 4 simultaneous devices, per publisher limits
  • Publisher: Routledge; 3 edition (June 25, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008FZ0WLO
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #451,870 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
As a foreign language teacher, I am always picky when choosing materials to teach myself a new foreign language. I was pleasantly surprised with this book. Many books just spend a lot of time repeating random words or tediously try to explain the very complicated Russian grammar BEFORE you even get to start speaking the language. What I liked about this book is that it teaches you these things but through a realistic, written dialogue. They use many cognants (words that sound the same in both langauges) to start you off and have a handy vocab key next to the dialogue in case you cannot figure something out. The grammar and reading comprehension activities following the dialogue are thorough. I also like how the chapters of the book are divided up by theme or topic rather than grammatical concepts. You will, however, get much more out of the book if you have the accompanying cds.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD
I am currently using this set (book and CD set) for a class, and it has been pretty good, so far. It's set in a way where one is not jumping from place to place in the learning of Russian grammar, like textbooks I have used in the past. The book gives a little bit of help in learning Russian, step-by-step, showing grammar, dialogues one may encounter, and exercises that aid in learning.

The only (and minor) gripes I have with the book are merely aesthetic. It is written for an English (UK) reader. In other words, the English translations are more British than American. It's not a terrible problem, but translations for an American (like myself) do sometimes sound odd. There are many examples. The other is that it is Moscow-centric. I know many people will probably be going to Moscow or through Moscow on trips, and Moscow is a major tourist destination, but my personal urge is to go to St Petersburg, a place I have learned about immensely. I wish the English-to-Russian dictionary was larger. These are only based on opinion, which doesn't detract from how much Russian I have learned by using it.

Get the DVD/Book set, which comes in a plastic case. Listening to a foreign language is important to the learning of a foreign language.

A good teaching set, too.

4 1/2 of 5 for the book, and, with the CD, 5 stars.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Practical, useful Russian April 22, 2011
This book does a very good job of condensing the Russian Language into practical, usable dialogue. It includes enough grammar to aid in accurate speech, but not so much as to be imposing, which is one of the greater challenges of the Russian language.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
By Nica
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
This book does nothing for me without the cd to pronounce. Wish this came with the CD and it should state that. If I missed that, my apologies.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent November 18, 2013
By Robert
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
This is an excellent book for those learning Russian, ideally to be followed by the Colloquial Russian - 2. I rate on about the same par as the Penguin Russian Course. However, with the audio, this book does provide an additional learning enhancement.
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Too hard for beginners level. This book is rather supplemental for Russian language course than something that you can use as the primary book.
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