- Audio CD: 4 pages
- Publisher: McGraw-Hill; 1 edition (September 25, 2008)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0071604510
- ISBN-13: 978-0071604512
- Product Dimensions: 7.1 x 1.5 x 9.4 inches
- Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,027,318 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Michel Thomas Method Speak Russian Advanced 1st Edition
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About the Author
Natasha Bershadski has taught Russian for fifteen years at King's College London, University College London, London School of Economics, Middlesex University, and the Foreign Office.
Michel Thomas was head of the Michel Thomas Language Centers and taught languages for more than 50 years, primarily in New York, Beverly Hills, and London. Over a period of 25 years he developed a unique and revolutionary learning system that made him the world's leading language teacher. He has taught celebrities, diplomats, dignitaries, academics, and business executives.
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Top Customer Reviews
* Clear, not-too-fast pronunciation by the teacher
* More grammar, especially the accusative case (finally!) Now you can correctly conjugate direct object nouns. Perfective and imperfective verbs are introduced.
* Some more vocabulary
* Nice pace which builds on earlier material
As with the foundation course, there are still some negative points:
* Vocabulary is spotty. For instance, you'll learn the word for "breakfast" but not "lunch" or "dinner". You'll learn the word for "tomorrow" but not "today", or "yesterday".
* Essential vocabulary is missing. You still won't be able to say "hello", or "goodbye". You won't be able to count to 10. You won't be able to tell the time, or say what day or month it is.
* The grammar doesn't advance very far. You only learn the accusative case, not the dative, prepositional, genitive or instrumental cases. It's true that the prepositions "v" and "na" are introduced, but the nouns added to them in this course don't need to change. In general this is not true. The prepositional and dative cases are very often used in Russian so this is a big omission.
* I found the explanation of the imperfective and perfective verbs a bit brief and confusing. After finishing the course I don't feel confident to correctly decide which one to use in different situations.
I definitely recommend getting this course in order to build on the last course, but I don't agree that this course should be entitled "Advanced Russian". It really should be "upper beginner". The course really needs a builder course for the grammar and a vocabulary course to fill in the holes.
I feel this course is easier than the Pimsleur course because in the Pimsleur course the grammar used jumps around, from simple to very difficult, and you'll be scratching your head why the words are conjugated as they are. But the Pimsleur course does have all the essential vocabulary that's missing from this Michel Thomas course.