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3.0 out of 5 stars Not as Easy as others say!!!, 3 Mar 2009
This review is from: Beginner's Russian Book/CD Pack (Teach Yourself Languages) (Paperback)
I am rather surprised at how other reviewers have posted "Fantastic, Simple and Easy!" teach yourself Russian is.

I have always found learning a new language difficult, Russian being no exception even though I have spent some 200 plus days in Russia.

"Many of the sounds in Russian are also found in English, and those that are unfamiliar aren't difficult to master." - Take it from me, some combinations of Russian letters are extremely difficult to get ones tongue around.

In Unit 3 the dialogue is first said in English then in Russian, from unit 4 onwards most of the dialogue to be learnt is mainly only in Russian, one has to read what the translation is from the book. The second problem I have with this course is the typical way they treat learning the numbers, unit 4 has 1 to 10, unit 5 has 11 to 30 and so on. Personally I like to get each area of a new language done and dusted before moving on to the next, for example learning all the numbers in one go.

The third area of let down is the typical too much teaching of social chit-chat (what sport do you play? - I play badminton) or buying souvenirs whereas I would prefer much more on getting by at the local super market with having to buy fruit and vegetables or clothes etc. Under the unit - Moscow Station it mentions Sleeper Carriage but no mention that there is 3 or 4 different classes of sleeper carriage each with there own particular name which may come as a shock when one actually comes to buying a ticket at the station, I go 'Platscart' which is not mentioned.

And finally, I prefer to learn and use the Russian for "I Would like" being a (request) rather than as Rachel Farmer uses "I want" which is an (order).

One thing I do like about this course is how it doesn't linger over the grammar. I am of the firm belief that grammar will come over time and that it is far more important to be able to be understood when speaking Russian in Russia rather then getting the grammar correct.

Like me, if one has difficulties in learning a new language, then I thoroughly recommend BBC talk Russian. It is an ideal short course for ABSOLUTE beginners, with its specially designed step-by-step approach assumes no prior knowledge of Russian.
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