Lonely Planet Russian Phrasebook

Lonely Planet Russian Phrasebook

by Jim Jenkin, Inna Zaitseva
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Lonely Planet Russian Phrasebook 3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is an unusual phrase book. It covers a lot of territory. I found that it quickly hits on some very rude language, but presents it in a way that will cause you to shock a respectable Russian. They do not normally say, 'He knocks pears from the tree with his penis' -- at least not in polite company -- to state that someone is lazy. The pronounciation guide had me asking someone where to go for torture instead of where to go to buy flour. It is good for a few laughs, and offers some phrases you will not normally find, such as 'Where do the homosexuals congregate?' or 'Do you want to use a condom?' I was a bit shocked, but not nearly as much as my Russian friends were when they read some of the phrases. I also think it gives a false idea of what Russia and Russians are like.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This appears to be a book with lots of helpful information. Unfortunately, it also contains a full page of Russian profanity, with English translations, which of course my 7-year-old happened to read. That and some other off color material is unnecessary in a book such as this, so I'm returning it. Watch pages 22 and 73 in particular.
Guest More than 1 year ago
If you are worried about going to Russia because you don't know Russian this book teaches you everything. It even teaches you how to ask if anyone speaks English!!!! Do svadinya! Good bye!