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Berlitz Essential Russian [Paperback]

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All you ll need to know to teach yourself Russian!

A comprehensive beginner-level language course with 20 chapters, each featuring an engaging dialogue, vocabulary, grammar lessons and activities, Essential is a well-rounded course for any style of learner.

What Do I Get?

*Lesson book

*Audio CD

Completely REVISED edition featuring:

*Grammar explanations that make sense

*Dialogues on audio CD hear Russian as it s really spoken

*A variety of exercises for quick and easy practice

*Glossary for easy reference

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*Access authentic Russian websites to boost your language skills

*Download additional audio to improve your pronunciation

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Item Specifications...

Studio: Berlitz Travel Guide
Pages   269
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.4" Width: 5.5" Height: 0.6"
Weight:   0.8 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Aug 30, 2005
Publisher   Berlitz Guides
ISBN  9812465324  
ISBN13  9789812465320  

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Good luck to beginners - you'll need it!  May 30, 2008
Found this book much too condensed. The first two chapters go along nice and easy but, from the third on, you are just swamped with grammar (even though it is well presented). For example, the 5th chapter gives you all in one shot the tables for the declension of all personal pronouns AND masculine, feminine, and neuter nouns in all six cases, this along with the past tense of verbs!!! Much to much. For all that grammar there are only two pages of exercises! There should be at least twenty pages of exercises for chapter 5. Actually the cases should be taken individually along with each gender and with lots of practice, as Russian is a highly inflected language which requires using the cases alot in order to learn them. The dialogues aren't too bad. Almost nothing is really shown on how to hand-write the letters, so how are you going to practice? The review lessons are only a repeat of the dialogues already presented = useless. This book is OK for someone who has already finished a basic coure and wants to review. If you are a beginner don't buy it now; you will be thoroughly discouraged. Better to get the New Penguin Russian CourseThe New Penguin Russian Course: A Complete Course for Beginners (Penguin Handbooks)along with a Pimsleur Russian Audio CourseConversational Russian: Learn to Speak and Understand Russian with Pimsleur Language Programs (Simon & Schuster's Pimsleur)to get you going on pronunciation or, s an alternative Take Off in Russian Oxford Take Off In Russian (Take Off in) which has four accompanying CD's.
Great entry level text  Nov 17, 2007
Having gone through a number of competing entry level textbooks, this one gets my highest recommendation as it takes you through the steps with just the right amount of grammar to give you a good understanding of the concepts.

The dialogues use a contemporary and lively language, they are memorable, and throughout the text the key concepts are reinforced so that learning is almost painless, if that is the "mot juste".

I also have "The New Penguin Russian Course", the "Routledge Colloquial Russian", and Living Language's Russian. In comparison, the Berlitz text is your quickest introduction to the language. Where others fall short, Essential Russian has a lot of useful expressions and situational dialogue, which is designed to give you a lot more confidence when you're put to the test of actually using the language.

A Russian Refresher  Feb 6, 2000
If you studied Russian 25 years ago, traveled to Russia, enjoyed the culture, but haven't spoken Russian for over 2 decades, this is your book.

Seriously speaking, if you have ever studied Russian and need a refresher course, buy this book.

I was happy to discover that this book was NOT for novices but for past students of Russian. It's worth the money, and then some.

BYOG (Bring Your Own Grammar)  Aug 6, 1999
I have to agree with the reviewer from Iceland. When I began learning Russian, this was one of the first books I purchased. Unfortunately, I had to abandon it as soon as I reached chapter 4 or 5, because I realized that I didn't understand the noun endings well enough to correctly answer the excercises. There are charts and examples of these endings, but I didn't feel that they were explained sufficiently for the absolute beginner. Aside from the authors' explanation of certain points of grammar, however, I thought that this was a great book. I enjoyed it, and had no further problems after purchasing a separate Russian grammar reference.
Great, but not for beginners.  Jun 25, 1999
I enjoyed reading the book. I felt it was useful in helping to reinforce what I learned in my basic Russian class and a good refresher before my second Russian. I felt that the book is good for someone who understands the basics, not someone trying to learn the basics.

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