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5.0 out of 5 stars "Ochin harasho!", 14 Feb. 2011
This review is from: Russian Vocabulary (Barron's Vocabulary) (Paperback)
As a learner of Russian, I was having great difficulty knowing which syllable to stress when pronouncing a word. This is very important, as the pronunciation of a vowel can change depending on whether it is stressed or not. Unlike Spanish, the stress is not (fairly) regular; unlike Spanish, the stress is not marked (when irregular). So, to the untutored ear, there could be five different ways to pronounce "Domodedovo", and that is only ONE of Moscow's airports!

I was overjoyed, therefore, when our class teacher introduced us to "Barron's Russian Vocabulary" - it shows where the stress falls! Not on the Russian word itself (as you'd never find it there anyway) but on the English "phonetic" pronunciation. Slight wobble; not the international phonetic alphabet, but an English-oriented "phonetics", and these can often be misleading. But this one is actually spot on for an English-speaker (possibly not so useful for a French- or German-speaker learning Russian.)

The book is divided into two parts:

(a) 45 x five/six-page sections, each covering a useful topic such as "eating and drinking", "weights and measures", "greetings and farewells". Here you'll find all the vocabulary you can think of, and more, related to that topic.

(b) an 80-page or so comprehensive English-Russian word list.

All in all, just about the handiest language aid I've ever come across in 45 years of learning eight languages - and it all fits into a jacket pocket!
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