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Easy Russian for English Speakers Vol. 1 & 2: Learn to Speak and Understand Russian; From everyday essentials to Chekhov, Pushkin, Gagarin and Shakespeare
Easy Russian for English Speakers Vol. 1 & 2: Learn to Speak and Understand Russian; From everyday essentials to Chekhov, Pushkin, Gagarin and Shakespeare
by Max Bollinger
Edition: Audio CD
Price: £17.00

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Russian to go, 4 Feb. 2012
The CDs (or MP3s) are easy to listen to in the car because Max Bollinger's voice is that of a professional actor and he naturally holds your attention. The course could be for anyone at many different levels - one thing I have to agree with is the idea of bringing Russian culture into the tuition. This makes a significant difference because when you are learning a language you really need motivation. He keeps the material interesting and varied.

Also, Bollinger tackles the core issues of the Russian language (prefixes, inflexions) without frightening you ! The only thing I think you could ask for at this price is more of the same ..... but there you go !


IT'S TIME (Russian Edition)
IT'S TIME (Russian Edition)
by Pavel Kostin
Edition: Paperback
Price: £12.43

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Kaliningrad Sunset, 1 Feb. 2012
At first I thought Pavel Kostin's "It's Time" was going to be a 21st Century Catcher in the Rye set in Russia, but then it sets off into the summer sunset of the naval port's docklands. If you are learning Russian like me, this is a nice way to do it - because the book is full of powerful descriptive passages, bustling dialogues between original characters and the odd diatribe about the nature of life and art. This makes reading a pleasure, even if you depend on a dictionary a lot of the time.

I like the way Kostin's main character stays positive against a backdrop of decaying industrial sprawl - I don't know why this strikes me as a non-commercial version of 80's punk, but it does just that and I thought it very refreshing.


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