Shop now Shop now Shop now See more Shop all Amazon Fashion Cloud Drive Photos Shop now Learn More Shop now Shop now Shop Fire Shop now

Customer Reviews

3.8 out of 5 stars
14
3.8 out of 5 stars
Format: Paperback|Change
Price:£5.99+ Free shipping with Amazon Prime
Your rating(Clear)Rate this item


There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Please try again later.

VINE VOICEon 25 March 2011
Well, this is the real thing, and includes a lot of words that don't make it into the standard dictionaries!

Also, since slang dates rapidly, then it is worth noting that this was published in 2009.

However, as a guide for use in Russia, as opposed to trying to look cool to one's friends, this book has some serious drawbacks.

The crucial problem is that there is no indication of register. As the examples on the cover show, the book covers the gamut from simply casual to highly obscene. And there is no simply no indication as to which category a given phrase belongs!

The authors have made the sensible decision of translating the sense of a phrase rather than its literal meaning; but the result is that (from using this book alone) it is impossible to judge the degree of offence one might be giving with a particular phrase. The translations give no indication as to whether the original phrase is religious (referencing God or devils), sexual (body parts or acts) or vulgar (natural functions). So whilst they accurately convey the intention of the speaker, they do not always indicate the reaction use of a phrase might provoke.

Russian has an incredibly rich and varied vocabulary for profanity, and its range is greater than can be achieved with English equivalents. As a result, there are some (frequently used) phrases that will always give extreme offence in certain contexts - use them wrongly and you can expect to have to back your words with your fists! And there are words that many Russians will never consider acceptable to be spoken by (or to) a woman, without assumptions being made about her moral character. Furthermore, some devout Russians will be more upset by blasphemous langauage that any 'direct', 'earthy' references to bodily functions.

Since neither register indicators, nor literal translations are added, from this book the reader cannot judge what is simply informal, what will be taken as offensive in staider circles, and what is obviously provocative.

So, although this book is extremely useful in helping the reader understand real spoken Russian, it would be unwise to use it as a guide to speaking, without the assistance of a Russian friend!

A far better approach is taken in the Dictionary of Russian Slang and Colloquial Expressions, which includes literal meanings, indicates the social circles in which the words are used - and provides humorous "examples" of usage! The great disadvantage to this volume, however, is that is organised alphabetically, rather than thematically. It is also older, and so presumably now less 'authentic'.

Streetwise Russian with Audio CD: Speak and Understand Everyday Russian (Streetwise!Series) takes a thematic approach similar to this book. Likewise, it includes a lot of language that is considered highly offensive by many ordinary Russians. However literal meaning and context are better flagged here, providing some information about register. Its main disadvantage - it assumes that the reader already has a good understanding of standard Russian.

So, buy this book, if you want something in your pocket to help you work out - fast - what that tough on the street corner just said to you; but if you want to try *speaking* 'real Russian' you will need help from elsewhere.
0Comment| 40 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you?YesNoReport abuse
on 2 June 2014
I got this book for someone who does not speak Russian. Being Russian myself, have to say the book is useful enough for the most common phrases, BUT, PLEASE be careful using it in public in Russia. Contains very very offensive phrases as well as a lot of words which i have never heard myself but which are apparently are popular. If you want to impress a girl, go ahead, Russian girls will laugh. If you want to impress a Russian speaking guy, again be careful
0Comment| 3 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you?YesNoReport abuse
on 9 February 2016
Learning Russian so bought this for fun.

Showed it to my Russian friends and they fell about laughing....or was it embarrassment?))

it certainly has some very shocking and inappropriate phrases in it..... more fun than a serious study book, unless you want to make your Russian friends laugh by saying rude things....
0Comment|Was this review helpful to you?YesNoReport abuse
on 26 May 2014
if you already understand a bit of russian, this is a great book to dip into. Be careful about using it in everyday speech, though!
0Comment| One person found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you?YesNoReport abuse
on 27 November 2012
This book is more for the advanced Russian speaker but it has been a fun read and i am sure will get read again as
i improve ))
0Comment| One person found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you?YesNoReport abuse
on 7 May 2014
Excellent book giving some street language to your studies. Prior knowledge of Russian is really a requirement to make use of it.
0Comment| One person found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you?YesNoReport abuse
on 1 May 2014
Very comical, fun to read. Learnt a lot of new phrases from this book. Would look to buying a similar book again.
0Comment| One person found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you?YesNoReport abuse
on 5 January 2015
Interesting
0Comment| One person found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you?YesNoReport abuse
on 20 June 2016
Sorry , but its' coverage of the business of the illicit drugs trade ,and gangland , are further advanced than I can take! Every day Slang does not include drug dealing and murder!
0Comment|Was this review helpful to you?YesNoReport abuse
on 19 April 2016
I'm not really knowledgeable enough to know any different but it seems good to me. Спасибо.
0Comment|Was this review helpful to you?YesNoReport abuse

Sponsored Links

  (What is this?)