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Russian Vocabulary Cards: Academic Study Card Set [Paperback]

Vis-Ed (Visual Education)
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April 1997 1556370121 978-1556370120
The box contains 1,000 cards, but many cards have multiple words or word combinations, so the total vocabulary contained therein is about 3,000 words. The cards are boxed in alphabetical order, and they're also numbered. Many of the cards identify the part of speech for the given word or words, and for Russian prepositions, the governing case(s)is/are also listed (infinitely helpful). Verbs are presented in aspectual pairs and are marked as either First Conjugation or Second Conjugation. Cards for irregular verbs show the conjugated forms for imperfective present/perfective future (first person singular, second person singular and third person plural) and past tenses as necessary.


Product Details

  • Paperback: 1000 pages
  • Publisher: Visual Education Assn (April 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1556370121
  • ISBN-13: 978-1556370120
  • Product Dimensions: 8.6 x 4 x 1.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (44 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #550,094 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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100 of 101 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great learning tool and an absolute bargain. September 15, 2003
This is a set of flash cards that roughly corresponds to the 1000 most commonly used words in the Russian language. They're great. They're the perfect size, small enough to carry a bunch comfortably in your pocket, but not so small that they're difficult to manipulate in your hand.
My suggestion would be to use these in conjunction with the Russian Learners Dictionary by Nicholas J. Brown. It lists 10,000 Russian words in order of frequency of use. Use the dictionary, sort through the cards and pick out the first 100, once you've learned those, move on to the next hundred. Once you run out of cards, you'll have to start making your own, but vis-ed makes blank cards too.
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47 of 48 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars From Vis-Ed With Love December 15, 2007
Part of me is actually dreading the day I move beyond my Russian textbook for beginners. That's because the more Russian I learn, the less likely I'll be to find the new vocab words in this excellent set of flashcards.

As other reviewers have mentioned, the box contains 1,000 cards, but many cards have multiple words or word combinations, so the total vocabulary contained therein is about 3,000 words. The cards are boxed in alphabetical order, and they're also numbered. Many of the cards identify the part of speech for the given word or words, and for Russian prepositions, the governing case(s) is/are also listed (infinitely helpful). Verbs are presented in aspectual pairs and are marked as either First Conjugation or Second Conjugation. Cards for irregular verbs show the conjugated forms for imperfective present/perfective future (first person singular, second person singular and third person plural) and past tenses as necessary.

In the nine months since I bought them, these cards have been invaluable. My textbook has a review after every five lessons, so I coordinate each new batch of flashcards with the unfamiliar words from the five lessons preceding each review. After 25 lessons, I can think of only a dozen or so words from the textbook that are not included in the set of flashcards. In addition, the cards fit perfectly in a pouch in my backpack, allowing me to brush up on my Russian anywhere I go. Vis-Ed also offers two other sets of Russian flashcards. If they're anything like the vocab cards, they're sure to be beneficial, because the vocab cards have been far and away my most effective Russian study aid. They have paid for themselves many times over. Now if I could just get Vis-Ed to make a set for intermediate/advanced students!
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40 of 41 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Good Brush-Up of Russian Vocabulary August 16, 2007
The vocabulary terms used here are basic ones, and there appear to be few if any technical terms. Although there are a thousand vocabulary words, many of them have multiple usages per card. For example, card 292 is kak (how, as), but also includes a listing of: kak budto (as if), kak-nibudt (somehow, sometime), and kak-tolko (as soon as).

A booklet is included with the set of one thousand vocabulary cards. This booklet includes hints for usage of the cards for maximum benefit, as well as a listing of all thousand cards. This listing makes it easy to keep track of lost or missing cards, or for one person to quiz another directly from the list. One can, of course, also make an enlarged photocopy of this list and to check off the words that one does not know.

The set of cards is very portable. All thousand cards fit into a 21 cm by 9.5 cm by 4 cm box. Each vocabulary card is 9 cm by 4 cm in size.
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good content, poor quality. May 29, 2010
By D. Hill
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PROS: The vocabulary cards are extensive and useful. One of the best features is the card gives you the word in English, and ALL the translations based on cases which, if you study Russian, you know can be quite a pain.

CON: The cards are made with poor quality materials. At best, they remind me of badly printed business cards from a home printer. I wanted to be able to grab a handful and carry them with me in my pocket--glancing at them during "down" time throughout the day as an ongoing learning process. Unfortunately, the "cards" are so thin they become badly worn very quickly.

SUMMARY: The cards are worth the 15 dollars--just dont' expect a durable product to arrive.
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23 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great little learning tool, so why all the fuss? January 5, 2011
By tailz87
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Can I please express my frustration after reading the reviews of this product?

Why all the bitching and moaning about the "poor quality" of these flashcards? You get ONE THOUSAND flashcards for fifteen bucks, what do you expect?

These are a great tool for beginners (or or more advanced students, like me who want a refresher) who ARE LEARNING RUSSIAN FROM A TEACHER!!!! Do you expect to learn a language through FLASHCARDS? It is simply not possible. And for the people complaining that there is no pronunciation guide, get your lazy ass on Google or YouTube and figure it out! It is an extremely difficult language but the alphabet is easy to learn. Also, it is fairly easy to find audio clips of native speakers reciting the correct pronunciation of just about any word (Cyrillic is not always phonetic). And these flashcards are ABSOLUTELY in alphabetical order.

Whew. Ok, that's out of my system.

All-in-all:
-the cards are not top notch quality. Boo hoo.
-they are great for STUDENTS of Russian
-a great learning tool
-handy and portable (they give me something to do on the bus)
-I think fifteen bucks is a pretty slammin deal
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Useful set of cards, shipped promptly, and received a bonus!
My biggest struggle with learning Russian is memorizing vocabulary and these cards will surely help a lot. Read more
Published 12 days ago by Andrea T
3.0 out of 5 stars Vocabulary cards
They were ok but for a beginning person taking Russian I think the Russian alphabet should have been taken off the card, but phonetic spelling used. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Arfy
4.0 out of 5 stars Nicely organized cards. Set up
Apparently it is loosely organized on how college texts might present material. Of course, no two texts are identical. Read more
Published 13 months ago by D. Briscoe
5.0 out of 5 stars мне очень нравяться!
I was pleasantly surprised to find that in addition to the 1000 cards, many of the cards have either variations of the word or related word (like, 'yellow' also has the word for... Read more
Published 13 months ago by Iris
4.0 out of 5 stars Very useful, buy them.
The pros out weigh the cons. My time vs. the cost writing all of these out myself is not even close to the same. Read more
Published 14 months ago by RK
4.0 out of 5 stars 1000 cards, but over 3,000 words.
Each card has a base word and also different tenses and uses of that word all on the same card.

Definetely a challenge to get through this box as a beginner, but I... Read more
Published 14 months ago by Brian D Jung
5.0 out of 5 stars simple solution
I sandwich them between a folded piece of cardboard and a binder clip so they don't get so beat up when I carry them in my pocket.
Published 15 months ago by A. Medrano
5.0 out of 5 stars GOOD...GOOD PRODUCT
GOOD...GOOD PRODUCT...
ME GUSTA MUCHO...
AYUDA BASTANTE APRENDER EL IDIOMA RUSO...
LO RECOMIENDO PARA ESTUDIAR EL IDIOMA RUSO
SON PEQUENAS CARTAS CLARAS Y... Read more
Published 15 months ago by Idalia Sierra
5.0 out of 5 stars Very Nice!!!
Very impressive way they have put this together. I am learning words outside of my regular study format. It makes for a good fun pastime and you are getting something out of it.!!
Published 15 months ago by Edgar A Howell Jr
4.0 out of 5 stars Very helpful
Very useful, I combined this with "First Reader in Russian to introduce new words at a comfortable pace. Highly recommended. Read more
Published 15 months ago by A. Brennan
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