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Essential Russian Grammar (Dover Language Guides Essential Grammar) [Paperback]

Brian Kemple
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February 26, 1993 048627375X 978-0486273754
Designed for adults with limited learning time, this concise and easy-to-use guide enables language students to grasp the fundamentals of Russian quickly and easily. Focusing on the grammar needed to speak and understand the language, the text emphasizes comprehension rather than memorization of grammatical constructions.
Author Brian Kemple uses an efficient and systematic approach to instructing students in the use of all the grammar that's needed for everyday speech and comprehension. Simple phrases are accompanied by clear explanations of parts of speech, use of the comparative and superlative degrees, word order, pronunciation, negation and more. A useful section of practical phrases and a glossary of grammatical terms round out this excellent, inexpensive guide.
Perfect for independent study or as an adjunct to a language course, Essential Russian Grammar is ideal for students, business people, tourists or anyone planning to visit Russia.

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Product Details

  • Series: Dover Language Guides Essential Grammar
  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Dover Publications (February 26, 1993)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 048627375X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0486273754
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 5.4 x 0.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #156,208 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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30 of 30 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Handy little book October 31, 2007
Format:Paperback
The other reviews I had read here were somewhat negative but given the low price I thought I would take a chance. When the book arrived I was surprised at how short it was and therefore had low expectations. However when I started reading it was was pleasantly surprised at how complete it was. I would not recommend it as a first or only book but as a handy guide or refresher to look up common grammar stuff it's great. If you are like me and have made a folder of notes for the common stuff to save wadding through reference books then this could be a handy alternative.
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30 of 30 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Book for Russian July 16, 2002
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This is simply the best book I've found, and there have been many. Also, it is small. And concise. I keep giving my copies away to Russian instructors who use it also. I am an intermediate level student and have been living in Russian for 3 years. I wish I had found this sooner.
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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars small and to the point March 12, 2001
Format:Paperback
I recommend this book to anyone confused by perfective/imperfective, cases and usage of some of the more obscure participle not commonly used in English. It is excellent, concise and a great supplement to your textbook. It will give you many "ah-ha!" experiences as you finally realize what other sources are trying to tell you.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good review August 10, 2004
By A. Saed
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I'm already fluent in russian, and I am using this book as a review. It is an excellent book for this purpose, however, I think they might have expounded on motion verbs a little more, as this is a VERY hard concept for english speakers, as well as a very important one.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars None October 15, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
the kindle edition does not reproduce the russian letters at uniform sizes within words. it is really impossible to read. too bad.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent aid November 13, 2008
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This short book is packed with useful aids to improving your grasp of Russian. It is easy to understand, concise, and accurate. This is easily the best single book I have found to assist the student in learning Russian. It's small enough to be a carry-around reference guide that can be read at odd times of the day in hotel rooms, in taxis, and on mashrutki. The quality of the type-face is excellent so you can peruse this book even in fairly poor light. The examples are elegant and the vocabulary is always germane to everyday needs. I can't recommend this too highly to anyone who is serious about achieving moderate fluency in the Russian language.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Helpful February 24, 2006
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This is a brief, helpful little book. But for the beginner or intermediate in the Russian language it is perhaps too highly compact. It is best used, I think, for review rather than initial study.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars By far my favourite Russian grammar book! September 15, 2008
Format:Paperback
I bought this on impulse when I was in Boston and I can certainly say I don't regret that decision! This is so too the point and manages to explain complicated grammar terms without over complicating things. I'm studying Russian in university and I always use this book to better explain to me things I didn't quite get. Definitely recommend it as a review or a brush up on Russian grammar.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
1.0 out of 5 stars type setter is at fault . . .
or computer programmer or whoever put this book into print for Kindle edition. I am a Russian speaker so I can at least ferret out some of the Russian letters. Read more
Published 21 days ago by S. barlow
5.0 out of 5 stars Five stars for Essential Russian Grammar
This is one of the best Russian grammars. The post office can easily jam it into the p.o. box. But, as a paperback it easily survives. The price is great.
Published 21 days ago by Hartley Music
5.0 out of 5 stars Good for its intended purpose.
I bought a bunch of books in this series for each language I know or am studying. They're useful for waiting rooms, etc., where I have a few idle moments to brush up. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Steve
1.0 out of 5 stars Kindle Version Unusable
Cyrillic characters are displayed as images of inconsistent size and are almost unreadable. One cannot tell where one word ends and another begins. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Richard Philbin
5.0 out of 5 stars Very helpful! !
I ordered this for my adoptive Russian daughter. She came to America at age 11. She is now 22. Her native language is very rusty. She has been re learning using this book. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Gayle L.
5.0 out of 5 stars great book
i have not read the book yet, but it appears to be consicse and well versed. great book for everyone
Published 17 months ago by jan664211
2.0 out of 5 stars A little boring
Of course it's an essential book for grammar, but it does not have to be so boring! Hope they improve it.
Published 17 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Accurate Title
I gave this book 5 starts because it's exactly what the title says - "Essential Russian Grammar". Read more
Published 18 months ago by J. Brown
5.0 out of 5 stars great book
this book is a must have guide when studying Russian. it has tons of useful information in it. don't let the small size fool you, it gives you huge benefits when learning.
Published 18 months ago by Brandon
5.0 out of 5 stars Essential Russian Grammar provides a framework that makes learning...
Essential Russian Grammar is just what I wanted - a concise overview of the essential details of Russian. Read more
Published 20 months ago by Jane Doe
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