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on July 2, 2016
I love this book. it is unique (to my knowledge)--even some of my russian friends haven't seen one like it before. If you are a linguaphile, then this is the kind of browsing book perfect to keep at bedside or to tote along when you know you'll have a wait in a doctor's office or in a movie line.

It is fascinating to see the relationship of russian words to Latin, Greek, and (more recently) to Czech, Polish, German, and Lithuanian. Learning about and recognizing the cognates, calques, and derivatives is helping me to learn the language better, little by little.

Although it is a soft-cover, the binding is well made; it does not appear to be the kind of binding that will break in the middle like some cheaply made soft-cover books do. I am very happy with this purchase.
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on December 7, 2015
Big disappointment.Of the 1500 included words, many are not useful because they are direct English cognates and can be looked up in any English-language etymological dictionary. Furthermore, in many cases Wade does not trace the origin of a word back to Indo European, even when other sources are able to do it. Also, many basic vocabulary words are omitted. Wade uses what I guess must be Pokorny's notation for IE roots, which few beginners or intermediates are probably familiar with. Still, it's not expensive and gives some value until a student is skilled enough to read a dictionary in Russian.
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on June 13, 2011
For its size, this book provides an excellent etymology of the Russian language. Example. When I studied Russian, my Russian instructors provided a false etymology of "karandash" attributing it to a mythical French inventor of the pencil, Caran D'Ache, (Caran D' Ache is actually the name of a Swiss manufacturer of writing implements.) This book remarked on the incorrect etymology and provided a correct etymology.

For more information on "Caran d'Ache", see Wikipedia.
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on February 25, 2007
The etymological dictionary is excellent. All stress marks are provided. Roots are easy to find. The words are divided into SUBJECT order, which makes them easy to find. I can look up one word and get 5, 6 or 7 more in my vocabulary--it's that good!

Keep it for reference; read it for kicks!
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on July 11, 2010
Very good resource. Study Russian with this by your side, and some ridiculously incomprehensible words will be better retained when you undestand the etymology.
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on May 16, 2012
It is a decent dictionary. Particularly useful for those whose native language is English
IMHO the price is too high
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