The Big Silver Book of Russian Verbs: 555 Fully Conjugated Verbs (Big Book of Verbs Series) Paperback – 1 Jan 2005
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Jack Franke is a professor of Russian at the Defense Language Institute in Monterey. At 35, he is the youngest person ever to be promoted to professor at the DLI, the largest language institute in the United States.
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The bottom line is- if you are a student of Russian, you NEED this book!
It's very clearly laid out and has easy-to-understand, but not sub-par or too-basic, descriptions of the different verb types and conjugations at the beginning of the book, as well as an extremely useful 'verbs of motion' index (Russian verbs of motion are far more particular than English - you cannot just say 'go', you must choose a particular verb for your mode of transport, then change the aspect according to whether the journey has been completed already, will be a return journey, or whether it has a specific destination in mind before its commencement).
There are some exercises at the back of the book (not as many as Barrons, but just as good quality), and although the book's title is 555 verbs, it actually contains details on over 2000 verbs in both perfect and imperfect aspect.
There are also example sentences under each verb, as well as proverbs and idioms for each verb, which help to bring the verb to life a little bit, showing it in genuine context (again, Russian verbs can prove complicated in that there are a choice of six possible noun and adjective cases to use after them. However, there are some patterns to this and this book has helped me a great deal to realise what they are).
Highly recommended for learners of any level.
Also very useful is the 'top 50 verbs' feature - the most important / frequent 50 verbs in Russian are marked out and given two pages rather than one per verb, including lots more useful examples. Interesting to see which verbs are in the top 50, and useful for targetting your first studies at the verbs you'll use / come across most often!
555 verbs is enough to cover most of the verbs I've come across in my studies, and for those which aren't covered in full, there's a handy, more comprehesive cross-references index at the back.
The categorisation of verbs follows the one-stem model, rather than the two-stem approach which many students will have met in textbooks. However, this does not actually impact on the conjugated forms given in the book, and would matter more as a rule for working out how to conjugate unknown verbs.
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past, present, future tenses and so much more.
I am glad I bought it and highly recommend it.
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