- Paperback: 333 pages
- Publisher: Slavica Publishers Inc.,U.S. (Sept. 1981)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 089357080X
- ISBN-13: 978-0893570804
- Product Dimensions: 2.5 x 15.9 x 23.5 cm
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,713,297 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Russian Course: Pt. 1 Paperback – 1 Sep 1981
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The author would have made a great writer for Futurama or Family Guy, and the book -- besides its value as a textbook -- is a source of endless entertainment for anyone familiar with, or interested in, the Russian-speaking culture.
Unfortunately, Amazon.com leaves one with the impression that parts 1 and 2 of Lipson's three part text are no longer in publication and therefore must be purchased from Amazon Marketplace sellers. The current prices asked by these sellers for part 1 range from $380 to $2462.46 as of July 30, 2013. Nice money if you can get it!
If you truly want Lipson's textbook check with the publisher, Slavica Pub., which Amazon lists in its description of Part 1. You will find that all three parts of the textbook and the teacher's manual too are currently in publication and available at extremely reasonable prices. The three part textbook plus the teacher's manual can be had for less than $100 total from Slavica. The Amazon Marketplace pricing renders Lipson's marvelous text inaccessible. The publisher, on the other hand, assures that it is accessible to those who want to learn Russian from a master teacher.
The author deliberately tells simple stories making (surreal) fun of Soviet propaganda cliches. Peek inside to get the idea about what I mean.
While some parts of lexicon are clearly outdated, I believe wacko humor is a fun and excellent way to learn a language. These texts are just catchy. While as a native Russian speaker I cannot make use of it, I wish there were more language textbooks like this one.
Where do hooligans live?
Hooligans live in the park.
They like to smoke on the trolley buses
They steal from the factories.
They are uncultured people.
Actually many useful phrases and basic language structures were taught very early in the course. It was wonderful and memorable. I would love to find a copy of that edition.