Teach Yourself Beginner's Russian New Edition (TYBL) Paperback – 26 Sep 2003
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'Teach Yourself Beginner's Russian' is the right course for you if you really want to learn Russian but are daunted by the prospect of complicated grammar, classes and coursebooks. This book starts right from the beginning and explains everything in simple English. By the end of the course you'll be able to communicate in a wide range of real-life situations and have all the practical information you need to enjoy your next trip to Russia.
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Rachel Farmer is Lecturer in Russian at University of Nottingham.
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I would thoroughly recommend this book to those who haven't learned a foreign language before, but if you are already familiar with cases and verb declination, and want a more grammar-based approach, this probably isn't the book for you.
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).Read more ›
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