Russian For Dummies

Russian For Dummies

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by Andrew Kaufman Ph.D., Serafima Gettys Ph.D., Nina Wieda
     
 

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Covers common expressions, conversations, and cultural notes

Your fun and friendly guide to communicating in Russian

Whether you're a student, a traveler, or a businessperson, or if you just want to speak basic Russian, you'll find this book packed with practical lessons and handy references — including coverage of written Russian, a Russian

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Covers common expressions, conversations, and cultural notes

Your fun and friendly guide to communicating in Russian

Whether you're a student, a traveler, or a businessperson, or if you just want to speak basic Russian, you'll find this book packed with practical lessons and handy references — including coverage of written Russian, a Russian-English mini-dictionary, lists of vital verbs, and more!

Discover how to

  • Have everyday conversations in Russian
  • Make sense of Russian grammar
  • Improve your pronunciation
  • Get a handle on verb conjugations
  • Use idioms and popular expressions

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780471780014
Publisher:
Wiley
Publication date:
05/28/2006
Series:
For Dummies Series
Edition description:
BOOK & CD
Pages:
384
Product dimensions:
7.30(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.00(d)

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Meet the Author

Andrew Kaufman, PhD, is currently a Visiting Lecturer in the Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures at the University of Virginia. He holds a PhD in Slavic Languages and Literatures from Stanford University, and he has recognized success as both a published scholar and an innovative, award-winning teacher of Russian language, literature, and culture at some of the country’s top universities. Dr. Kaufman has worked as a Russian language and literature expert for “Oprah’s Book Club,” he has discussed Russian literature and culture on the national television show Democracy Now!, and he has been heard as a featured guest on Talk America Radio and on Silver Rain Radio in Russia. A fluent speaker of Russian, Dr. Kaufman has lived extensively in Russia, where he studied at Moscow State University and also worked as an interpreter, translator, and management consultant. To learn more about Dr. Kaufman, please visit his website at www.professorandy.com.

Serafima Gettys, PhD, earned her doctorate degree in Foreign Language Education from Gertzen State Pedagogical University, Leningrad, USSR. She is currently a Coordinator of the Foreign Language Program at Lewis University, where she also teaches Russian. Prior to coming to Lewis University, she taught Russian at Stanford University. Gettys is also a member of a number of professional language associations.

Nina Wieda is a doctoral student in Slavic Languages and Literatures at Northwestern University in Chicago. She is committed to bringing Russian language and culture into the lives of her readers and students, because, as the Latin proverb goes, “With each new language, you live a new life.” A trained linguist with an MA in Social Sciences, Nina also has a book of poetry published in Russian, and a number of scholarly articles on Chekhov and contemporary drama published in English.

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Russian for Dummies 3.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 16 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I wish I had looked at the reviews first before buying this book. I was in a hurry at the time of purchase and regret buying this. Not only is there no cyrillic anywhere in the book, save for the listed alphabet on pages 16 to 20, but the CD-ROM (dated 2006) doesn't work on my Mac. As a result of opening the software, in order to find this out, I now can not return it for a refund. There are a number of good websites around. The UCLA website is good, covering all aspects of learning Russian: writing, reading, aural and oral, including online tests. See http://www.russian.ucla.edu/beginnersrussian/student/home.htm
Guest More than 1 year ago
If my only goal was to learn how to speak Russian this would be a great book because it comes with a cd. However my goal is to be able to read write and speak Russian. Definetly not the book for me because all of the Russian is transcribed into Roman characters.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I read the table of contents which looked very appealing to me, but I wish I had looked further before purchasing. I have begun to learn how to read the Cyrillic alphabet, so the problem I have with this book is that it spells the words in Latin print, and sounds it out in the same. Why not spell it in Cyrillic and sound it out in Latin print? I feel like reading this book would actually be a regression in my learning. I want to speak Russian and read it. I have hardly opened the book since I bought it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I bought this book, in hopes of learning Russian and the Cyrillic alphabet which is used in Russian and a very necessary and important part to learn the Russian language. This book is good except for the fact that everything is transliterated into the Latin alphabet....which doesn't help me at all.....a student studying how to read, write and speak Russian....it would be better if there was the Cyrillic in the book along with the Latin
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I think people are referring to the first edition. I'm not sure why people say that the words are not spelled with Cyrillic because they are. I have not yet studied from this book but from looking through it I can tell you the words in russian are spelled in Cyrillic letters,
horseracing-fan More than 1 year ago
This is a good teaching tool for teaching someone the Russian language.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Wery wery good
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Ot russkoi devochki(from russian girl))))))
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My family started as German, but moved to Russia. One of the members being the relatively famous Kount Nesselrode, who has a pudding, mountain, and manor named after him (which has beenn coonverted into a hospital). His grandchildren moved to Chicago, and spread out all across the U.S. Ever since I learned of my family's history, I have been fascinated with the Rusdian culture. Russian really is such a beutiful language; you should all just listen to a Russian jazz song in order to undefstand what I am tslking about.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
R any of you people even Russian or just trying to learn it? My name Olesya and yes i'm Russian.I was adopted a few years ago so now i live in New York. I REALLY WANT TO LEARN RUSSIAN.
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Im on
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I love russia
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