- Paperback: 384 pages
- Publisher: For Dummies; 2 edition (March 6, 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 8126547545
- ISBN-13: 978-8126547548
- ASIN: 1118127692
- Product Dimensions: 7.3 x 1 x 9.1 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars See all reviews (87 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #29,244 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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From the Back Cover
The fast and easy way to learn to speak Russian
If you're looking to reach a comfort level in conversational Russian, this hands-on, friendly guide gets you speaking like a native. Here, you'll find expanded coverage of the necessary grammar, major verb tenses, and conjugations that beginners need to know. Plus, you'll get a fully updated audio CD that includes real-life conversations, a refreshed and expanded mini-dictionary, plenty of useful practice opportunities, and more.
Russian 101 — learn to recite the alphabet, get a crash course on grammar, and start saying some basic Russian expressions
It's easy as odin, dva, tri (1, 2, 3) — hone your small-talk skills and discover how to communicate effectively in everyday situations, like asking for directions, ordering food, and more
Happy trails — take your Russian on the road and discover how to plan a trip, make arrangements for a place to stay, discuss transportation, and exchange money for local currency
Take care of business — grasp the essential Russian language skills you need to talk on the phone and perform everyday tasks at the office
Open the book and find:
Common words and phrases in Cyrillic
Basic grammar, Russian cases, and common expressions
Formal and informal greetings
Information on numbers, time, and measurements
Pointers for describing everyday activities in Russian
Tips for making small talk, asking for directions, and more
Fun activities to help you practice your Russian skills
Expanded Russian-English and English-Russian dictionaries
Audio CD Includes
More than 30 conversations that reinforce lessons from the book
See appendix for complete system requirements.
Speak conversational Russian with ease
Make sense of grammar, verb conjugations, and pronunciations
Identify Cyrillic letters
CD includes real-life conversations by native speakers
About the Author
Andrew Kaufman, PhD, is a published scholar and an award-winning teacher of Russian language, literature, and culture at some of the country's top universities.
Serafima Gettys, PhD, is a Coordinator of the Foreign Language Program at Lewis University, where she also teaches Russian.
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Top Customer Reviews
I cannot think of a better way to begin to learn Russian than this book.
As previous reviews indicate, this book does not teach the Cyrillic (Russian) alphabet. This book has very few -literally, very few- words written in Russian. It stresses instruction on learning the 'transliteration' alphabet, which in my opinion, has no purpose at all, and only prolongs learning the Russian language. I do not care to learn this 'transliteration' language. All words and phrases taught in this book are written in the transliteration spelling, followed by actual pronunciation.
The actual (English alphabet) pronunciation is most valuable, but is considered a 'lesser' part of this book's instruction.
To effectively learn Russian, a person must first learn the Cyrillic alphabet. This book should have been written with actual Russian words and phrases, followed by the actual (English alphabet) pronunciation.
(The 'Rosetta Stone' technique is really the best way to learn a new language).