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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Teach Yourself; 3rd Revised edition edition (26 Sept. 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 034087046X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0340870464
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 1.9 x 19.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 996,722 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Book Description

'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.

About the Author

Rachel Farmer is Lecturer in Russian at University of Nottingham.


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This book assumes no prior knowledge of the Russian language. Russian looks very cryptic because of the Cyrillic alphabet it uses but the Cyrillic alphabet is actually rather simple to learn. The book starts off by teaching the reader the letters of the Cyrillic alphabet and using this book it only took me about two weeks before I was able to read most Russian words. One of the advantages with this is that you feel you have made substantial progress in learning Russian within the first few weeks of starting this book and it motivates you to keep on learning the language. After the alphabet, the book introduces the reader to basic conversations and then progresses onto more advanced conversations that cover a variety of situations (directions, introductions, eating, drinking, how to order things, etc) and the excellent tapes that accompany the book are essential in learning how to pronounce Russian words and phrases. Learning Russian is not a trivial pursuit for an English speaker and it’s taken me about 10 months to finish this book. Of course completing a book like this is not going to make you fluent in Russian but by the end of it you’ll have mastered some basic language skills that will be useful on a trip to Russia.
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Books and courses for teaching Russian tend to be quite poor - as a language teacher I've explored most of them. This is the best and the most enjoyable-to-use I've come across. The psychology is excellent - you feel you're making progress right from the start, and you are. Wonderful at breaking down a difficult language into easy, manageable chunks - but it's important to grasp one unit well before moving on to the next one. I envy the author her ability to teach!
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I love languages and found this book to be very easy to use. It focuses on how you would need to communicate with Russians in Russia rather than the not-as-fun learn the grammar standard language teaching method. I got on to Unit Three in a couple of days, and I found it really interesting. You can progress at whatever speed is comfortable to you, but if you buy without the CD it does make references to the recording. It isn't, however, essential to have the CD. I don't, and it's still a great teach yourself book.
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This book starts at the very basics and goes at a good pace, giving plenty of opportunity for practice, topics that one is likely to encounter on a holiday in Russia and clear pronunciation guides. However, as Russian is not my first foreign language, I found the grammar wasn't explained as clearly as I'd like. The verb declinations are given as set phrases (eg. I play guitar) and it doesn't explain how to then take the same verb and decline it differently (eg. he plays guitar) until much later in the book.

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.
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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).
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This book/audio set is as straightforward as any introduction to a language can be. The book's chapters make sense in terms of content and by writing out the pronounciation and through hearing the conversations you won't be struggling to speak it. Within the first two days I could read Russian script through the author's simplistic means of teaching. Of course later on as the infomation builds and builds it can be a wee bit tricky to remember all the hundreds of words you've learnt, but that's learning languages and as far as a teaching book is concerned this really does let loose with the pointless complications and gets straight down to the nitty gritty which the buyer wants to know. With short excercises at the end of each chapter it reinforces the words learnt and pushes the material further into one's brain. Overall, for one who's never bought a study language book before this is very clear and helpful.
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