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The Everything Learning Russian Book with CD: Speak, write, and understand Russian in no time! [Paperback]

Julia Stakhnevich
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Book Description

November 1, 2007 1598693875 978-1598693874

Learning Russian is an exciting challenge--even saying "hello" and "goodbye" seems daunting! Whether you're planning a trip to Russia or adding a valuable second language to your resume, this book is just what you need. Julia Stakhnevich, a native Russian speaker, will help you to:

  • Recognize and read Cyrillic letters.
  • Pronounce Russian words like a native.
  • Ask for directions, order dinner, and conduct business.
  • Hold your own in a conversation.
Inside, you'll find step-by-step lessons in vocabulary, grammar, and conversation--and the companion CD provides beneficial practice to perfect your accent. With The Everything Learning Russian Book with CD, you'll see how much fun learning Russian can be!

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About the Author

Julia Stakhnevich, Ph.D., was born and raised in Moscow, Russia. She received her doctorate from the University of Mississippi and teaches English, Linguistics, and Russian at Bridgewater State College. She is a member of the American Association of Applied Linguistics and the International Society for Language Study. She lives in Bridgewater, MA.

Product Details

  • Series: Everything®
  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Adams Media (November 1, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1598693875
  • ISBN-13: 978-1598693874
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 8 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (44 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #12,519 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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103 of 106 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Finally, a new quality book! May 16, 2008
The opinions on how to learn a language are vast. And, I tend to think that each individual must read widely on how to acquire a second language, and come to your own conclusions.

With that said, lets be frank, though, over 90% of learners will quit without even obtaining the first level of learning (A1 Elementary Level).

So, develop any reasonable plan you choose, but remember, 2 words a day, not learning Cyrillic, learning to talk, but not to read, etc...are all unreasonable plans that mark you as doomed to failure.

Now about this puts you on the right track. Recent books have been of the kind I call 'pandering', they tell you its OK not to learn, in order to sell you the book, but they are so bad, you will never be fluent.

This book really impressed me, because it is just a fun, simple, clearly written book, that presents the subject matter in a concise, clear way.

It doesn't pander. It's not complete either, you won't learn advanced topics here, but it is a great introduction!

I've been learning Russian for 6 years. In those six years, I have been kind of meandering about. I have learned Cyrillic, I do know quite a bit of vocabulary...but with this book, I finally said to myself, I will work through every single exercise. I will buy the practice book, and practice at each task.

It was far easier for me, for having six years of 'pre-study' study, but, having bought just about every book out there, I can definately say that this book, along with the Penguin books, are good. I definately feel I have solidified my understanding of very basic, A1 to A2 level Russian by using this book.

Now onward!
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53 of 53 people found the following review helpful
I've been learning Russian for the past 6 months. It's been a difficult language to learn. I've basically been trying every resource I could find. I've found most Russian grammar books too BORING and poorly written to read. Normally I utilize audio courses more on this topic because in most audio courses, they do a better job of keeping it interesting and describing Russian grammar in a way that I can understand. My experience with books about Russian is that they're very wordy and tremendously BORING. Not with this book, however. This book is clear, concise and very interesting. Full of sensible charts and interesting facts about Russia, this book combines learning the Russian language with learning about Russian culture. Each chapter takes you further into the Russian language, while keeping you engaged with relevant scenarios in Russian culture (one chapter teaches you about Russian cuisine and how to order in Russian whilst teaching you how to keep your adjectives in forms that agree with the words they modify).

Unlike some introductory books, this book actually teaches you (simply) how to READ Russian characters. I had already learned how to read Russian before I bought this book, but this book pointed out certain spelling rules I hadn't learned yet that have really been improving my reading. I think this book is great for beginners and will be a great reference book as well. There are quizzes at the end of each chapter (and an answer key) which help you practice the language (even giving you opportunities to practice your grammar). Most basic books on Russian have quizzes at the end, but this is the first book I've actually been inclined to answer the quizzes. The book is written in such a way that I was actually interested enough to retain the knowledge I had read and I was able to answer the quizzes.

I would definitely recommend this book.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Could have been better! October 7, 2012
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The book is fine but the CD could have been much better with a slight change. Every couple of pages you have a cd #1, 2, 3, and so forth throughout the book. However, the CD has #1 only as a point to start from but contains 1-92. I use a laptop to play the CD, so each time I have to start back with #1 and play through to 69 or where ever I last started. If you have a CD player this would not be a problem as you can fast forward but still would have to spend time searching through the short plays which are about 20 seconds each, however you might want to review something at some point.
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30 of 34 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Quite A Decent Product March 9, 2008
This book ended up exceeding my expectations. It is a good choice if you would like to learn Russian. The author knows what she is talking about because she lived in Russia and she gives little quizzes at the end of chapters to test what you've learned. I've never seen that before so I thought it was interesting. Of course it isn't as good as having a person to help you, but it's about the next best thing.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A good place to start March 29, 2009
As a Russian specialist, I think that this is a good choice for those who want to try their hand at a difficult language.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A nice addition to my Rusisan studies June 24, 2011
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My only complaint of this book is that, in several places there are footnotes in cursive with no explanation of the difference between cursive and printing, specifically that a printed "t" is "m" in cursive. If you already have a cursory understanding of Cyrillic cursive, this is no problem. To a complete beginner, it may cause some issues. The rest of the book is wonderful. Well laid out and easy to read and follow.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Makes learning Russian a Pleasure January 9, 2013
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I adopted a Russian family and had to buy quite a few books to teach myself the language. This was by far the best available. Especially notable is Julia's clarity in explaining the case system, which is the most difficult aspect of the Russian language to grasp. Most other books should be judged based on how they articulate the case system. If there is only one book to buy to study the Russian language, this is the one.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
2.0 out of 5 stars not guarantee
Actually, it does good for me.too difficult and too unfocused.I'm sorry for it.I had to find another one.but i wish it'll be good for you.
Published 21 days ago by Tehee Yang
4.0 out of 5 stars A good for starting
A good book for starting the learning of
essential elements of the russian language
by people who have no knowledge of
the language. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Pierluigi DADDI
5.0 out of 5 stars I'm a total beginner in russian
I was looking for an introductory book in russian language. I think this is a very good book. I've only read the first two chapters and I can read basic cyrillic alphabet and even... Read more
Published 2 months ago by LinuxUser
5.0 out of 5 stars best single source for beginning russian
This is probably the best single source I've found for a Russian beginner. Well-presented, up to date, and emphasizing things you would actually want to say (leave me alone, your... Read more
Published 2 months ago by weissliv
5.0 out of 5 stars Really easy to work with
Not sure I could convince Putin in his own language to withdraw from Ukraine yet, but this is an intellligently put together easy to use set of tools to learn Russian. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Simbaman999
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book
Very easy to follow and CD makes it a great way to check your pronunciation. I would recommend this book to anyone wanting to learn Russian.
Published 3 months ago by Luis Rodriguez
5.0 out of 5 stars Great for motivated autodidacts!
I have been fascinated lately by Russian culture and language, so I bought this little language book to help me learn some Russian. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Ernesto Hernandez
5.0 out of 5 stars Buy this!
This book has greatly changed the way I study and learn Russian. It's a must have for anybody looking to learn the language!
Published 4 months ago by Cory Spanos
5.0 out of 5 stars Very Nice Book
I like the way it is set up to read.
It is easy to understand and very clearly printed, unlike some other books. Read more
Published 6 months ago by A'isha
5.0 out of 5 stars comprehensive
Like its companion for Portuguese, this is a good comprehensive look at the language, together with a CD to get you started on the sounds of it.
Published 6 months ago by Don
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