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Easy Russian Phrase Book
Over 690 Basic Phrases for Everyday Use
By Dover Publications
Dover Publications, Inc.Copyright © 1995 Dover Publications, Inc.
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This book is designed to teach you the basic words, phrases and sentences that you will need for simple everyday communication in Russia. It does not attempt to teach you the grammatical structure of Russian, but instead helps you to express your needs and handle problems encountered while traveling.
The value of the book rests as much on what is omitted as on what is included. An effort has been made to include only those phrases pertinent to the needs of the traveler. You will find the phrase "May I have some small change" (a frequent need in travel), but do not expect to find a sentence like "This is the pen of my aunt." Furthermore, since the material presented here is not cumulative, as it is in conventional foreign-language courses, you need not start at the beginning. Study whichever phrases will be the most useful to you.
The focus of instruction is on what you will say. However, the section entitled "Making Yourself Understood," which contains such vital phrases as "Please speak more slowly" and "Repeat it, please," will aid you in understanding others.
This book is complete in itself and is meant to be used for reference and study. Read it at odd moments and try to learn ten or fifteen phrases a day. Also, be sure to take the manual with you when you go abroad. All that you have learned will be available for reference and review.
The book is designed to help you form additional Russian sentences from the sentences it provides. You can do this by substituting a new word for a given word in a familiar sentence. In sentences where this is possible, the candidate for substitution appears in brackets, and is sometimes followed by possible alternatives. For example,
I am [a student]
provides three sentences: "I am a student," "I am a teacher" and "I am a businessman."
Another especially helpful feature of the manual is the extensive topic and word index beginning on page 61. Notice that each entry in the book is numbered and that the index refers to these numbers. This enables you to locate information you need quickly, without having to search the entire page.
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