A fantastic beginner book,
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This review is from: The New Penguin Russian Course: A Complete Course for Beginners (Penguin Handbooks) (Paperback)
This book is superb for those wanting to learn Russian. It's ideal for those who've never learned a single Russian word but also those up to intermediate level, in my opinion. It is so easy to understand and the author explains difficult aspects of Russian grammar very well, in his easy-to-digest writing style. I particularly like that the exercises contain the page reference numbers of where the answer was first taught - so you can flick back through the book and remind yourself of how a verb changes in a certain form, or a rule etc., in order to be able to answer the question. My old book didn't have this and I had to spend ages looking through the book or my dictionary which made progress slow and infuriating!
Read this book from the beginning, do all the exercises and you can't go wrong. The author writes with an informal tone which makes it pleasurable to read and understand - again unlike other books I've seen. Like the author says the hardest bit about learning Russian is the vocab; once you have your head around the grammar it's just a case of learning new words. Best book I've seen so far for learning basic Russian, I can't recommend it enough.