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First Reader in Russian: A dual language book (Russian Edition) (Russian) Paperback – March 30, 2012

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 50 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (March 30, 2012)
  • Language: Russian
  • ISBN-10: 1475120664
  • ISBN-13: 978-1475120660
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.1 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #201,894 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This is a lovely short booklet containing 50 pages of helpful light-hearted brief stories in Russian and English. Each Russian story of one or two pages is laid out thoughtfully with the Russian on the left side of the page and the corresponding English translation on the right side of the page. Following each story is a list of vocabulary words, some phrases and their corresponding English translations. Even though the booklet is probably geared toward a younger reader, as a middle-aged student just embarking upon learning Russian, I found this book delightful and not at all intimidating.
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This book really is as advertised--a beginner's reader in Russian. A lot of "first readers" tend to get a little too advanced, but this one is perfect for those who have just a little bit of skill in the language. There are very short stories in the book using basic vocabulary and grammar structure, and at the end of each story there is a glossary of relevant vocabulary. If you're just beginning to read Russian, and want to see some vocabulary and grammar used in the context of actual writing, start here.
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I love this book. I studied Russian many years ago but have forgotten most of it. I am getting involved again via "Russian for beginners" type books. This book is very helpful. Only one problem, I think the Russian words should have been accented.
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This small book is a great starter for reading russian. Not only does it have the texts side by side but also a nice list of the words in the stories along with some additional vocabulary after each story. The book itself is a bit surprising as it is so small in size but packed full of learning!
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I am a beginning Russian student (having studied for just a couple months) and it is very hard to find beginning written or audio material for my Russian studies. This book is exactly what I wanted and needed! Each story is quite short (just one page in most cases) and easy enough for beginners to follow. But you feel very accomplished following at actual story, rather than just a bunch of random sentences, like you would find in a textbook. There are even vocab lists with every story so you don't need a dictionary, and of course an English translation on the opposite page.
If that weren't enough, there are even a few bonuses like additional vocab lists (days of the week, numbers, etc) and question and answer exercises to test your comprehension. I'm used to being able to find Japanese materials no problem, but it has been much more difficult to find Russian study materials for my level. This book is perfect, and I guess if I had to list one complaint it would be that I wish it was longer. But I won't mark it down for that. I'll certainly be checking out this author's other books very soon.
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I am an American and I want to learn to read Russian. So, this book seemed a "natural" for me when I saw it.
This book is short - and I wish it was longer; i.e., had more content in it, because it really helps me achieve my goal. The "stories" are realistic and even cause me to struggle with some of the passages. But, that is why I like the dual language approach. I don't have to struggle if I don't want to.
I give it only 4-stars because it does leave me wanting more. But, that may be a blessing!
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I found this little book very helpful with brushing up on my Russian grammar, and I don't mind the "children's book" format at all.Most readers I have used were just a bit too advanced for me.
I found something odd in the middle of the book, something weird must have happened at the printer- in the center of this book is another book! It is "How to Become a God for Beginners" by Roberto Benitez. I will read that and maybe even review it- why not? I have never found a book within another book before- weird!
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I was very disappointed when I received this book. It is only fifty pages afterall; but once I began reading, I couldn't believe how much I was learning. Vocabulary learned in context is easier to retain than just a list of words to memorize. That is why I am having so much trouble retaining vocabulary, especially verbs, in my Russian lessons online. I highly recommend this book to the beginner.
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