- Hardcover: 672 pages
- Publisher: French and European Publications Inc (December 13, 2012)
- Language: Russian
- ISBN-10: 2700580265
- ISBN-13: 978-2700580266
- Product Dimensions: 7.1 x 2 x 9.4 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #441,103 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Superpack Learn Russian for English speakers-book plus 4 CD's plus 1 CD MP3 (Russian Edition) (Russian) 0th Edition
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I would definitely recommend this to beginners for multiple reasons. For starters, this book actually teaches you Russian! However, chapters can get a little boring after a while. I actually wish they explained rules and grammar and such. Don't get me mistaken they do explain theese rules, but the majority of the learning comes from reading short conversations. Do I regret my purchase? Not at all. But let me say this, if I didn't get the CDs, I might have. They are what will really solidify your knowledge.
The first 50 chapters the book says to just learn what's there, then the last 50 you go back (as well as forward) to start to teach you to make sentences and what not. So I would say this company knows what they are doing. Btw, this book is small! I don't mind it one bit, but I wasn't expecting the size for some reason. A little bigger than an iPhone 6 plus. Great size I will say. I'm just making people aware is all.
All in all, I love this book and do not look back. Definitely buy!
A bi-lingual text featuring 100 dialogues with the Russian translation on one side and the English on the other. The audio is ENTIRELY in Russian, which is a lot better for learning than other courses where half the content is English directions being spoken.
The system is simple and has a two-wave approach. In the passive wave, you simply listen to the audio for a given lesson, and compare the translations. The idea is to get comfortable with the sounds and familiarize yourself generally with the Russian vocabulary. Each lesson has a pronunciation guide (though the audio should be enough) along with short notes on grammar and culture. Every 7th lesson is a review day. You get a solid grammar treatment of all of the grammar you have been using the past week. It is sort of nifty because you have already seen a bunch of examples of what it is explaining. So it is very self-reinforcing.
After 7 weeks, the passive wave continues, and the active wave begins! At this point, you still do one lesson a day passively as listed above. However, you also flip back and start reviewing one lesson a day. Reviewing involves translating the previous lessons between languages.
It will amaze you how much you have learned in the 7 weeks. By that time, what was initially a completely foreign language will seem familiar as all of the important vocabulary will have been repeated quite a bit in the intervening lessons.
Russian is a complex language, but this course will help you get a strong foothold in it. Another great thing to do is called shadowing, where you repeat the audio in-time with the native speakers on the CD. It helps fix up your pronunciation and makes you sound much more native-like in your speech. Shadowing also helps stick grammar and vocabulary patterns in your mind.
This really is an "easy" way to get into the language. However, if you want a supplement and more practice with grammar, I highly recommend this as well:
The New Penguin Russian Course: A Complete Course for Beginners (Penguin Handbooks)
You could easily finish working through the Penguin course before your passive wave with Assimil is even done. These two together would get you well into intermediate-level Russian and the ability to use native materials!
PS You can get this course a decent bit cheaper ordering direct from the publisher at Assimil dot com (note, when you go it loads the website in French. You can switch it to English in the upper right hand corner). Regardless, it is definitely worth it even at the high list price here at Amazon. What are you waiting for? Good luck :)