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Russian Language & People
on 17 June 2010
I agree with the comments that the book Russian Language and People shouldn't be sold separately from CDs. It is important to listen to the correct pronunciation.
I don't agree with the comment about unimportance of the articles describing Russian culture, places to visit and habits. It is very important to know a lot about the people's behaviour, because whatever the reason for your studies is, the only way how to get the feel for the language is learning about the people. If you learn for the business purposes, it's good to bear in mind that world-known psychometric companies are spending millions on studying people's habits and behaviour attached to language and culture. If you learn the language as a hobby for pleasure the same rules apply - the more you know about the natives, the better and faster you learn.
In particular, I loved the article on the page 134 called Meeting Russians. The conversation is funny, but telling a lot about the mentality of Russians :)