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the best book/CDs for absolute beginners,
This review is from: Get Started In Russian Book/CD Pack: Teach Yourself (Paperback)
Most books/CDs are - I think - too hard for absolute beginners, and this can be discouraging.
This is because in the first few chapters there is just so much material: the alphabet, the tonic accent, the grammmar, the vocabulary (words can be very different, and long!).
So I think it makes sense not to learn all the difficulties at the same time.
This book is ideal before moving on to Teach yourself Russian.
In this set the grammar is kept very simple, but it still can go quite a long way.
Also, the dialogues in the CDs are very slow. Much slower than spoken Russian but this is what we want when we're a beginner.