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Teach Yourself Russian Language, Life & Culture [Paperback]

Stephen Webber , Tatyana Webber
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1 Mar 2002 0340790776 978-0340790779
A comprehensive and accessible guide to Russian society and culture, which should appeal to students of Russian, travellers and anyone who wants to know more about the country, its history and its inhabitants. The book features chapters covering a wide range of topics, from a survey of Russian history; reviews of the key landmarks in Russian literature, music and dance, and art and architecture; through cinema, theatre, scientific achievements and space exploration; to coverage of politics, the education and health systems, transport, sport and leisure; and a chapter on the Russian language - its main features, its history, and current developments. Each chapter contains a "taking it further" section and language tips on how to write or talk about each topic.

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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Teach Yourself Books (1 Mar 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0340790776
  • ISBN-13: 978-0340790779
  • Product Dimensions: 19.8 x 13 x 1.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 429,918 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Stephen Webber is Lecturer in International Security at the Centre for Russian and East European Studies, University of Birmingham. Tatyana Webber is a native speaker of Russian and has taught Russian at the University of Birmingham for ten years.

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5.0 out of 5 stars A comprehensive portrait of Russia 1 May 2002
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As a Russian studying in the UK, I am often asked a lot of questions about Russia by my British and iternational friends. Very often I did not have the answers! So, I was actually looking for a suitable source on Russia. This excellent book is the best of this kind-it manages to compress a great deal of information and insights about all aspects of Russian life into just some 250 pages. It is refreshingly free of the usual stereotypes about Russia, but is still realistic. So, for a taste of what Russia is, I can certainly recommend this book.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent starting point for discovering Russia. 24 April 2002
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If you want a balanced, readable and informative insight into why Russia is like it is today, this book will give you just that. As a retired University lecturer in Russian, I wish it had been available in my time to give students a 'taster' of this extraordinary,infuriating but always fascinating country. The authors - a husband and wife team - bring both Russian and Western insights into the language, literature, and 'culture' (in the broadest sense) of Russia
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5.0 out of 5 stars The perfect supplement to language course 30 Jan 2004
For anyone learning the Russian language this book provides loads of interesting background information which really helps the learning process. The additional knowledge picked up boosts your motivation and makes the subject seem much more interesting.
The discussions of history, politics, music literature, film and other aspects of life combine to give a good broad, general understanding that can be easily and rapidly absorbed. For anyone wanting greater depth there is a list of resources at the end of each chapter covering books, websites and, for some chapters, films, music, television etc. While it's a great source of additional information to an existing language course you will need to beware that the amount of Russian language introduced is quite small, but as it's relevant to the material being discussed it seems to stick in your memory a bit better.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
This excellent new book fills a an important gap in books about Russia. In one small volume it conveys a huge amount of information about this perenially fascinating country,its language and its culture. Geography,history,language,literature,the arts,traditions,politics,contemporary society,the people and their lives today - all this and much more dealt with in a lively and humorous style.
This reviewer,an experienced schoolteacher of Russian,intends making considerable use of this book as not only is it an ideal background studies book for those learners wishing to find out more about Russia but even experienced Russianists cannot fail to discover much that they did not know before. I particularly appreciated the sections on "Taking it further" which give many useful suggestions for books and websites on Russia.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent 28 April 2006
What a dashing book old chap, a stunning read even old Tref agrees, if anyone needs anymore information contact Trefor Thynne one of the worlds leading Russianolgists. Hes e-mail address is above

Thank you My people

Dead Dave (sibling of Trefor)
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