The Complete Idiot's Guide to Learning Russian, 2nd Edition


You're no idiot, of course. But the Russian language has you totally stumped. Making sense of all those strange-looking characters seems as easy as staying warm in Siberia! Come in from the cold! The Complete Idiot's Guide to Learning Russian helps you learn all the basics of this beautiful language.
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You're no idiot, of course. But the Russian language has you totally stumped. Making sense of all those strange-looking characters seems as easy as staying warm in Siberia! Come in from the cold! The Complete Idiot's Guide to Learning Russian helps you learn all the basics of this beautiful language.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781592575855
  • Publisher: Alpha Books
  • Publication date: 10/3/2006
  • Series: Complete Idiot's Guide Series
  • Edition description: Bilingual
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 400
  • Product dimensions: 7.28 (w) x 9.06 (h) x 0.86 (d)

Meet the Author

Christopher Froehlich enlisted in the United States Army in 2000 and immediately went to the Department of Defense language training school, the Defense Language Institute Foreign Language Center in Monterey, California, where he began an intense Russian language program. After specializing in specific, key aspects of the Russian language, he graduated and transferred to Germany, where he currently works as a Russian voice interceptor.

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Table of Contents

Part 1 Russian Language Basics 1
1 The Russian Alphabet 3
With an Alphabet on the Mind 4
The Letters You Already Know 5
Who Are These Guys? 7
Now You've Got It! 8
2 Speak Like a Russian! 9
Learning the Concepts 10
Voiced and Voiceless = Consonants 10
Stressed and Unstressed = Vowels 10
Hard and Soft = Vowels and Consonants 10
Voiced or Voiceless? Consonants 11
Losing Your Voice 11
All Together Now! 12
Don't Get Stressed over Stress 13
The Hard and Soft of It 14
Vowels 14
Consonants 16
Vowels and Consonants Together 17
Add Accent and Stir Vigorously 18
3 Russian Words You Already Know 19
They Use Our Words! 20
People, Places, and Things: Noun Cognates 21
Adjective Cognates 24
Verbal Cognates 26
Wolves in Sheep's Clothing 28
4 Idioms and Other Useful Expressions 31
I Feel Like Idioms Tonight 32
Riddle Me This 33
Taking Off 33
Now It's Time To 36
What Are Your Thoughts On 38
How Does This Make You Feel? 39
Now You've Got It! 40
Part 2 Getting Down to Grammar 43
5 Nouns and Gender 45
Determining Gender 46
Masculine 46
Feminine 47
Neuter 48
Boys and Girls 49
Gender Exceptions 50
Plural Nouns 50
Masculine Plurals 51
Feminine Plurals 51
Neuter Plurals 52
Exceptions 53
6 Cases, Part 1 57
Colliding with Cases 58
Doing Your Case Work 58
The Six Cases 58
Starting with the Nominal: Nominative 60
Bring Forth the Accused--Accusative 62
What's in a Phrase?--Prepositional 65
Breathe Deeply and Exhale 67
7 Cases, Part 2 69
It's Mine, All Mine!--Genitive 69
I Have a Date With--Dative 71
Play That--Instrumental 74
The Air Is Fresher in Russia! 76
Call in the Replacements! 77
Let's Wrap It Up 78
8 Adjectives and Adverbs 81
How Adjectives Work 82
A Return to the Nominative 82
An Evening with the Accusative 84
In the Mood for Genitive 86
Declension 101 87
Getting It Together 88
A Preposition for You 88
If the Case Calls for Dative 89
Lay Out the Instrumental 89
Adverbs 89
Adverb and Mix 90
Could You Be Less Personal? 92
How Do You Deliver? 93
9 All About Russian Verbs 95
In the Name of the Verb 95
E-Type (First-Conjugation) Verbs 96
Rogue Verbs 97
To the Chalkboard! 98
What Strong Verbs You Have! 100
[characters not reproducible]-Type (Second-Conjugation) Verbs 101
Verb Encounters 102
It's a Question of Question 105
Was That Your Question? 105
The Survey Says 105
What's on Your Mind? 107
Part 3 Traveling Around 109
10 Meetings and Greetings 111
Have We Met Before? 111
Forms of Address 112
The [characters not reproducible] Forms of Address (the Polite Forms) 112
The [characters not reproducible] Forms of Address (the Familiar Forms) 113
Getting Nosy 113
And Who Might You Be? 115
Get Personal 119
The Easy Way to Finding Information 121
Conversationalist's Skills 122
11 I'd Like to Get to Know You 125
Friends of the Family 126
To Possess or to Be Possessed? 127
Showing Possession 128
More for Me 130
What Is Your Preference? 133
In the Way of Introduction 134
Take the Plunge 134
Navigating Your Conversations 135
What Do You Have? 136
The Conversational Survival Guide 138
12 Finally, You're at the Airport 141
Onboard the Plane 142
Assistance, Please 142
Inside the Airport 143
Which Words Are Right for You? 143
Signs and Directories 144
Going Places 145
Getting in Motion 146
Where Is ...? 148
Go Straight Ahead and Hang a Left 150
A Prefixed Situation 150
I Am at Your Command 150
Taking Commands 151
Prepositions: The Little People 152
Of the Noun, by the Noun, for the Noun 153
Are You Lost Already? 156
13 Get There Without Delay 159
Planes, Trains, and Automobiles 160
Buy the Ticket 160
Take the Ride 160
Which Is Better? 162
[characters not reproducible] with Nouns 162
Using Which with What? 164
The Best Way to Go 165
They've Called Your Number 166
I'm Accounted For 166
Do You Have the Time? 168
14 A Room with a View 173
This Hotel Has Everything and a Kitchen Sink 173
Get Some Room Service 176
You're Going Places--Up! 177
Declension of Ordinal Numbers 178
Was It the First or the Second Floor? 179
Verbs Get More Action 180
What I Think I Know I Did 180
Prefixes 181
The Ties That Bind 182
Express Yourself 183
Part 4 The Fun Stuff 185
15 A Date with the Weather 187
They're Swimming and It's Only 40 Degrees Outside! 188
What's the Temperature? 189
The Forecast for Tomorrow 190
Calendar Language 190
Can You Tell Me What Day It Is? 191
These Months Are a Mouthful 192
Get Into the Season 193
Scheduling Your Activities 194
What's the Date? 195
Time Expressions 196
16 Sightseeing Is Fun 199
The Sights to See 200
What Shall We See? 201
Let's Go Already 202
Going and Coming 203
What Brings You Here? 204
The Power of Suggestion 205
Make Me an Offer I Can't Refuse 206
Say Yes, No, Absolutely Not 207
In My Opinion 207
What Do You Think? 208
17 Shop 'Til You Drop 209
Now That's My Kind of Store 209
Clothes 211
A Little Color 213
Object of My Affection 215
Direct Me to You, Them, and Us 218
Indirectly to Us, to You, to Them 218
Talk to the Salesperson 219
Let's Wrap It Up! 219
What Are You Looking For? 221
I Prefer 222
18 Restaurant Hopping 225
Time to Wine and Dine 226
When Do We Eat? 226
At the Restaurant 227
Service, Please 230
My Needs Are on Order 231
What Would You Recommend? 232
A Dietary Dilemma 233
A Raw Deal 233
My Sweet Tooth Is Aching 234
Quench My Thirst! 235
It Was Delicious 236
19 Play Time 237
Okay Sports Fans, Let's Go 238
You've Got Game 238
Lay Out the Ground Rules 239
Equip Yourself Properly 241
Let's Get Together 242
Invite Your Friends 244
Accepting the Invitation 245
Refuse Politely and Make an Excuse 245
Other Diversions 246
What Will It Be? 247
Film at Eleven 247
It Seems to Me 248
Let Me Just Say 249
Do You Do It Well? 250
Plain and Simple Adverbs 251
What Is Your Position? 251
You Perform Well 252
Part 5 Anybody Can Handle Challenges 255
20 Could I Get Some Service, Please? 257
I Have a Problem 258
At the Laundry 258
I Need a Cobbler 259
Please, Help Me! 260
A Snapshot of Russia 260
Finding Help 261
Comparison Shopping 262
Making Comparisons 262
That's Highly Irregular 263
Comparisons of Quality and Inequality 264
How Do You Measure Up? 265
21 Is There a Doctor in the House? 267
Here's the Problem 268
Your Body Needs Some Loving 269
My Head Is Pounding 270
It Hurts All Over 271
What's Seems to Be the Problem? 272
How Long Have You Felt This Way? 274
Quick, Tell the Doctor! 274
Say It Isn't So! 276
What Are You Doing to Yourself? 277
Flex Your Reflexive Verbs 278
When It Comes to Decisions 279
Me, Myself, and I in Action 279
Take Charge 280
Reflexive in Command 281
22 Something Is Missing Here 283
You Can Replace It 283
What Do You Need? 285
Your Past Is Questionable 285
The Perfective Aspect of Verbs 287
Forming Past Participles of Regular Verbs 289
Could You Be More Specific? 290
Past Participles of Irregular Verbs 291
You Didn't--You Did? 292
23 Pick Up the Phone 293
Hey, It's the Twenty-First Century 294
How Does This Thing Work? 295
Internationally Speaking 296
The Public Phone 296
You Did It to Yourself--Reflexively, in the Past 297
Have You Made an Excuse? 298
I'm Not Here--Leave a Message 299
24 In the Line of Business 301
Photocopies, Faxes, and Computers 301
When It Comes to Making Copies 302
A Fax for You, Sir! 303
Do You Know Your Computer? 304
Getting Down to Business 307
Let's Make a Deal 307
A Job Well Done 308
There's Hope for the Future 310
To Be, Infinitive, and Beyond! 310
In the Future There Will Be 311
Present for Future 312
25 Claiming Your Territory 313
A Cottage or a Castle? 314
Should You Buy or Rent? 314
Just Like Home 315
What Will We Do About the Future? 316
Making the Future Known 318
There Are Two Conditions 318
I'm Conditionally Moody 319
Formation of the Conditional 320
26 You Can Bank On It 321
When in Rome, Bank! 321
Find the Necessary Transaction 323
My Needs Are Simple 325
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