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5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best books for the beginner!, June 13, 2012
This review is from: Russian For Dummies (Paperback)
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Not surprising for the "For Dummies" series, "Russian For Dummies" is among the best books for learning Russian. It is also one of the best overall methods for learning Russian, as well. This new edition corrects a serious flaw in the previous edition, mainly, the inclusion of complete and extensive coverage of the Russian writing system. It is essential to learn how to read and write Russian in Cyrillic. People don't read or write Russian using the Latin alphabet! From what I hear, the original omission of material on Cyrillic was the decision of the publisher and not the authors. In fact, the authors objected. Well, all is now corrected! This book contains most everything needed, including extensive guides to pronunciation, coverage of all basic grammatical aspects in detail(sorry, you just can't be proficient without learning the grammar), usage, and an enormous coverage of situations that a speaker might encounter. Practice includes vocabulary, sentences, and conversations. A very useful, clear, and professional CD is included that covers most of the material. It is only one CD but it is a long one. The only thing that this book does not include(and it seems that most basic Russian books also exclude for some strange reason) are readings in short stories appropriate for each chapter level. I always enjoyed such exercises when learning languages. I don't know why Russian books exclude this type of exercise, but at least conversations are included, so it is not a serious omission. After gaining some proficiency, it should not be difficult to find some Russian reading material, such as newspapers, to practice reading stories. This is one of the best, affordable books on Russian and highly recommended.
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