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Russian Learners' Dictionary: 10,000 Russian Words in Frequency Order 1st Edition
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..."this dictionary can function as a useful yardstick by which they can guage their development and 'fill in' gaps in their basic wordstock. It can be a particularly valuable resource for the language instructor faced with the daunting task of facilitating vocabulary aquisition."
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This dictionary contains 10,000 Russian words in order of importance, starting with the most common and finishing with words that occur about eight times in a million. All items have English translations, many have examples of usage and many include information on stress and grammatical irregularities. There is also a complete alphabetical index to the words in the dictionary.
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Nicholas J. Brown, is a superb teacher. He is Senior Lecturer in Russian at University College London. Professor Brown has many talents but one which is quite evident in this and the previously mentioned title is that he truly seems to understand the practical problems of the English-speaking student of Russian.
He notes in the Penguin course that students seem to have the most difficulty in their Russian studies in the area of learning vocabulary.
One real help is to help the student identify the most common, most useful words to learn. This book addresses this need.
This book is eminently practical in that it lists vocabulary that has been culled from many modern sources. These are words which you will encounter over and over again so it is very worthwhile to make a point of familiarizing yourself with them.
There are several other such texts available but they are not only dated but also mainly based on literary sources that bear little resemblance to modern Russian.
Of course, this text, since it is based on written materials, does not really do justice to the spoken language however, for what it proposes to do, it admirably succeeds in its goal of providing a frequency list of the most commonly used 10,000 words in the educated, general language.
The first 600 entries are accompanied by examples in Russian which is very useful for anyone wishing to see the terms in use. All entries also list grammatical variants.
Lists the most frequently-used Russian words in frequency of usage order. Extremely useful for learning the Russian vocabulary most likely to be the most useful for beginning and intermediate students of the Russian language.
Nice binding, good quality paper, and clean printing.
A bit pricey....but for me well worth the cost and an excellent value. Plus, it's worth remembering that this is a very specialized book, and is certainly a lot less expensive than many other similar, narrowly-focused, foreign language related books.....
If you want to quickly expand your Russian vocabulary in the most logical and useful way, this is the book to buy.
As others have said, this is a list of words, and some may think it is expensive. However, for the time it has saved me in searching out the most frequent words in any sort of structure, I believe for me the price is acceptable.
I would recommend highly to anyone with much dedication in learning Russian. This is not meant to be entertaining (although some of the example sentences can be humorously dry!), but rather a very useful tool, and for that purpose I give it high marks.