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Grammatika v kontekste: Russian Grammar in Literary Contexts Paperback – December 1, 1995

ISBN-13: 978-0070528314 ISBN-10: 0070528314 Edition: 1st

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  • Paperback: 398 pages
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Humanities/Social Sciences/Languages; 1 edition (December 1, 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0070528314
  • ISBN-13: 978-0070528314
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 0.9 x 11 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,465,526 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By a reader on January 9, 2005
Format: Paperback
This textbook is like Russian "matryoshka" dolls (nested dolls) because it gives students and teachers Russian grammar and vocabulary, practice reading and listening, pronunciation and intonation exercises, all together with excerpts from beautiful works of Russian literature.

Grammatika v kontekste has 25 chapters, each of which presents a particular grammar point systmatically (Russian cases, conjugation, verbal aspect, verbs of motion, participles, verbal adverbs, pronominal constructions, etc.) and illustrates its use in works of classic poetry (e.g., Pushkin, Lermontov, Tsvetaeva, Akhmadulina, Akhmatova, Pasternak), prose fiction (Tolstoy, Belyi, Grossman), and proverbs that Russians use in everyday life. As you read (and listen to the poetry), as you memorize the proverbs, you learn the grammar as well as the culture.

The exercises start off very easy (in the textbook) and build to greater challenges in the workbook. The workbook also teaches vocabulary in topical units and listening comprehension exercises based on the vocabulary help learners get used to recognizing and understanding the vocabulary in authentic contexts.

Phonetics exercises help American learners focus on the most challenging sounds (and sound combinations) of Russian, with special attention paid to intonation and the reduction of unstressed vowels. Grammatika v kontekste is a great reference book students can use long afer the course is over (don't forget to look at the appendices!).

If you're a teacher, you will really enjoy the modular approach to the textbook's design that allows you to skip back and forth to cover the materials you want, in the order you want, while you're doing other things outside the textbook.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Amazon reader on November 28, 2004
Format: Paperback
I've used this book as the main text in both my second-year and third-year Russian classes, and students consistently reported being impressed with the clarity and helpfulness of grammar explanations. Many of them keep the book as a reference source long after they're done with the class. Depending on their level they were able to get different things out of it; and I found that they genuinely enjoyed reading and discussing the works of classical Russian literature that illustrate - and make more tangible - the grammatical principles. The book really gives a teacher a lot of options. Chapters can be used in any order; I've even used sections of different chapters to construct more focused units on special topics that the students requested. An aspect of the book I especially like is the emphasis on developing a vocabulary for linking simple ideas into complex utterances. I think students and teachers with very different backgrounds and interests can find this book very useful!
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 5, 2000
Format: Paperback
We used this textbook, along with the tape cassettes and the workbook in my Intermediate Russian class last year. I'll give it credit that it was comprehensive in that it approached the language very traditionally with reading, speaking, phonetics, grammar, intonation, etc.
However, I found the grammar explanations left something to be desired--and were often left unexplained. My professor made several adjustments to the book when she noted things like incorrect prefixes or incorrect verb usage.
The "context" in which we were supposed to find this grammar was often obscure and irrelevant...mostly short poems and short stories that were largely translated in footnotes. The section on time expressions and verbs of motions were pretty much useless. The pre-listening/pre-reading exercies were just plain ridiculous. "Imagine that you were in a gulag. How might you feel?" and the like.
It wasn't bad, and I know there aren't a whole lot of options for second year texts, but this one isn't very good and I wouldn't really wish anyone else to suffer through a year of its drabness.
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By Al on September 19, 2014
Format: Paperback
This is a very good grammar book for intermediate students of Russian. It lets you review the basics, but also introduces more advanced grammar concepts. Too bad it has not been reprinted. I would not recommend anyone to pay exorbitant sums for a used copy, as there are plenty of other books available (such as Nicholas J. Brown's Russian Course, ISBN 0140120416, or Terence Wade's Comprehensive Russian Grammar, ISBN 1405136391).

The books chapter titles are as follows:

Unit 1: Agreement
Unit 2: The Verbal System: Second-conjugation Verbs
Unit 3: First-conjugation Verbs and Verbs with -??
Unit 4: Stress in the Russian Verb
Unit 5: Aspect
Unit 6: The Imperative
Unit 7: The Nominative Case
Unit 8: The Genitive Case
Unit 9: The Accusative Case
Unit 10: The Prepositional Case
Unit 11: The Dative Case
Unit 12: The Instrumental Case
Unit 13: Review of All Cases
Unit 14: Anytime, Sometime, Never, Whenever
Unit 15: Short-form Adjectives
Unit 16: Comparative and Superlative Adjectives and Adverbs
Unit 17: Time Expressions
Unit 18: The Conditional, whether Constructions, and Reported Speech
Unit 19: Passive Participles
Unit 20: Active Participles
Unit 21: Verbal Adverbs
Unit 22: Verbs of Position and Placement
Unit 23: Unprefixed Verbs of Motion
Unit 24: Coming and Going: Verbs of Motion with Spatial Prefixes
Unit 25: Bringing and Taking: Transitive Verbs of Motion
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