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Complete Russian: Teach Yourself [Paperback]

Daphne West
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Book Description

28 May 2010

This product is most effective when used in conjunction with the corresponding double CD.

- You can purchase the book and double CD as a pack (ISBN: 9781444107654)

- The double CD is also sold separately (ISBN: 9781444107661)

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Are you looking for a complete course in Russian which takes you effortlessly from beginner to confident speaker? Whether you are starting from scratch, or are just out of practice, Complete Russian will guarantee success!

Now fully updated to make your language learning experience fun and interactive. You can still rely on the benefits of a top language teacher and our years of teaching experience, but now with added learning features within the course and online.

The course is structured in thematic units and the emphasis is placed on communication, so that you effortlessly progress from introducing yourself and dealing with everyday situations, to using the phone and talking about work.

By the end of this course, you will be at Level B2 of the Common European Framework for Languages: Can interact with a degree of fluency and spontaneity that makes regular interaction with native speakers quite possible without strain for either party.

Learn effortlessly with a new easy-to-read page design and interactive features:


One, five and ten-minute introductions to key principles to get you started.


Lots of instant help with common problems and quick tips for success, based on the author's many years of experience.


Easy-to-follow building blocks to give you a clear understanding.


Easy to find and learn, to build a solid foundation for speaking.


Read and listen to everyday dialogues to help you speak and understand fast.


Don't sound like a tourist! Perfect your pronunciation before you go.


Tests in the book and online to keep track of your progress.


Extra online articles to give you a richer understanding of the culture and history of Russia.


Innovative exercises illustrate what you've learnt and how to use it.

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  • Paperback: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Teach Yourself; Reprint edition (28 May 2010)
  • Language: Unknown
  • ISBN-10: 144410764X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1444107647
  • Product Dimensions: 2.7 x 12.9 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 249,062 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The best-selling complete course for a fun and effective way to learn Russian.

This ISBN is for the paperback book. The corresponding audio support (ISBN: 9781444107661) is also available. The book and audio support can also be purchased as a pack (ISBN: 9781444107654).

About the Author

Daphne West has taught Russian for more than twenty years and is the author of six Russian courses for adults. She is a recipient of the Pushkin Medal for her contribution to the teaching of Russian.

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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars OK - Pronunciation not explained well 2 Oct 2012
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I recently bought this book to begin learning Russian. I am a languages teacher by profession. I teach Spanish, Italian, French, Greek and Portuguese and I have studied many other languages.
The conversations and grammar explanations in this book are good and the grammar is explained clearly. However, I would like to point out a couple of bad points about this book:

1. The book does not explain the pronunciation rules well.
After working through the pronunciation chapter and upon listening to the conversations in the following chapters, you soon realise that certain letters are simply not being pronounced according to what was explained in the pronunciation chapter. You are taught that "oh" is pronounced as the "o" in the English word bore. However in conversations, it if often pronounced as "a" as in "car". There seems to be no explanation for this whatsoever in the book and it seems impossible to predict when an "o" is pronounced like and "o" and when it should be pronounced like an "a".
This is just once case. There are many other letters that are pronounced in a different way to what is explained in the book. Some letters (especially the vowels) completely change their sound but there is no explanation by the author, thus leaving the learner completely confused and unable to pronounce words unless listening to them on the cd.
As a beginner, this is very confusing. Having studied many languages from Hindi, Japanese & Arabic to Tamil, Yoruba, Bulgarian etc... I can honestly say that Russian pronunciation needs much more of an explanation than what has been given by the author.

2. The audio cds only cover the main conversations.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars A Missed Opportunity 25 Oct 2012
By BigAl
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I have to agree with the review by Mr. C. L. Grindley except I would rate it even lower.
Russian - like English - is a language where the pronunciation of EVERY SINGLE word must be learned.
The pronunciation of most French and German words follows the spelling - not so in Russian.
Mr Grindley mentions the different pronunciation of the letter "0". You need to know that it is pronounced
like "0" if the syllable is accented and like "a" if the syllable is unaccented. You only get to know this by hearing the word.
Only a tiny fraction of the text in the book is recorded on the CD's.
Without a teacher this book is next to useless.
In my own case I have recorded a Russian friend who has read out every bit of Russian text not on the CD's.
If only the publishers had done the same this could have been a fantastic book,
I just cannot understand how these 5-star reviewers reached their conclusions.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Silly Buyer didn't read the product title! 29 Dec 2011
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Please don't make the mistake I did and only purchase this product. I wanted the book as well as the audio, but only got the audio. Excellent product, but due to my own incompetence I have to wait to buy the book! Enjoy!
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I did not realise that "audio support" meant two CD's only. This product cannot really be used without the book, which I ordered afterwards. Then it was very helpful for learning the alphabet, but even the first chapter is very difficult until you have learned the alphabet. I have learned the Greek alphabet, and did not think I would have so much difficulty, but I am progressing very slowly. Easier books such as the "Talk Portuguese". "Talk Greek" do not seem, to be available in Russian.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Slow but sure 1 July 2013
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Very good support for the text. The speakers speak veeeeeery slowly - but that is better than too fast in my opinion.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Unclear sound and missing units 6 Feb 2013
Format:Audio CD
There are 12 units on CD 1. I can play the first one - whit really bad quality, and then it jumps to unit 11, starts playing, whereafter it just stops. CD 2 I cannot even start playing...
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6 of 9 people found the following review helpful
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Without any doubt this is one of the best books available on the market for people wanting to learn how to speak russian,by the time that you have finished this language course you are truly an expert(it's easier to learn the language because it contains a double cd that you can listen to it over and over again so you get the language pretty quickly and speak it fluently without any complications within a short period of time you will be amazed with the final results)and at a cost effective price,truly a chance not to be missed.
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