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Serafima Gettys, PhD (Newark, CA), is Coordinator of the Foreign Language Program at Lewis University.
Andrew Kaufman, PhD (Charlottesville, VA), is a Visiting ...

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Russian is spoken by nearly 450 million people, and demand for Russian-speakers is growing. This introductory course includes an audio CD with practice dialogues-just the ticket for readers who need basic Russian for business, school, or travel.

Serafima Gettys, PhD (Newark, CA), is Coordinator of the Foreign Language Program at Lewis University.
Andrew Kaufman, PhD (Charlottesville, VA), is a Visiting Assistant Professor at the University of Virginia.

Note: CD-ROM/DVD and other supplementary materials are not included as part of eBook file.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780471780014
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 5/28/2006
  • Series: For Dummies Series
  • Edition description: BOOK & CD
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 384
  • Product dimensions: 7.30 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.00 (d)

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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Table of Contents

Introduction.

Part I: Getting Started.

Chapter 1: You Already Know a Little Russian.

Chapter 2: The Nitty Gritty: Basic Russian Grammar and Numbers.

Chapter 3: Zdravstvujtye! Privyet! Greetings and Introductions.

Part II: Russian in Action.

Chapter 4: Getting to Know You: Making Small Talk.

Chapter 5: Making a Fuss about Food.

Chapter 6: Shopping Made Easy.

Chapter 7: Going Out on the Town, Russian-Style.

Chapter 8: Enjoying Yourself: Recreation and Sports.

Chapter 9: Talking on the Phone and Sending Mail.

Chapter 10: Around the House and at the Office.

Part III: Russian on the Go.

Chapter 11: Planning a Trip.

Chapter 12: Getting Around: Planes, Trains, and More.

Chapter 13: Staying at a Hotel.

Chapter 14: Money, Money, Money.

Chapter 15: Where Is Red Square? Asking Directions.

Chapter 16: Handling Emergencies.

Part IV: The Part of Tens.

Chapter 17: Ten Ways to Pick Up Russian Quickly.

Chapter 18: Ten Favorite Russian Expressions.

Chapter 19: Ten Russian Holidays to Remember.

Chapter 20: Ten Phrases That Make You Sound Russian.

Chapter 21: Ten Things Never to Say or Do in Russia.

Part V: Appendixes.

Appendix A: Verb Tables.

Appendix B: Mini-Dictionary.

Appendix C: Answer Key.

Appendix D: On the CD.

Index.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 9, 2010

    NO CYRILLICS & CD-ROM included does not work on Mac OS X 10.5

    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

    6 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 4, 2008

    Wow...

    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.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 27, 2007

    From a Student of Two Months

    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.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 22, 2010

    Regretting My Purchase

    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

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 17, 2012

    Good teaching tool

    This is a good teaching tool for teaching someone the Russian language.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 22, 2012

    He

    I love russia

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 5, 2014

    Ochen choroshaya kniga

    Wery wery good


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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 15, 2013

    Privet amerikanskim druziam!(hello USA friends!)

    Ot russkoi devochki(from russian girl))))))

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 13, 2013

    To all of the reviews so far -

    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.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 26, 2012

    Jw please read

    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.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 29, 2012

    Pipa

    Hi my name is Jessica. I have 5 sisters! Rileigh(15) Realene(13) Rachell(17) Joeann(18) Henleigh(16) i have 3 brothers: Gale(10) Liam(5) Dustin(13) me and dustin are fertirnal twins. That means were technically supposed to be twins but we look nothing alike. I have 16 pets. My ladt name is Styles. What r u like?

    0 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 5, 2012

    To below

    I said russians r boss Jessica is mi nam

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    Posted June 25, 2012

    I am

    Im on

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 22, 2012

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    I love russia

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 3, 2011

    Very stupid book

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