Russian For Dummies

Russian For Dummies

by Andrew Kaufman, Serafima Gettys

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Russian For Dummies by Andrew Kaufman, Serafima Gettys

The fast and easy way to learn to speak Russian

With Russia in line to host the World Cup in 2018, the WinterOlympics in 2014, as well as a Formula 1 Grand Prix, interest inRussia is on the rise. Russian For Dummies is an excellentresource for students, tourists, and businesspeople looking for anintroduction to this popular and complex language.

This updated edition offers new and improved content, moreuseful exercises and practice opportunities, all new contentdevoted to the Cyrillic alphabet, and much more.

  • A revamped, user-friendly organization
  • A fully updated and expanded audio CD with real-lifeconversations by native speakers
  • Expanded coverage of grammar, verb conjugations, andpronunciations
  • A refreshed and expanded mini-dictionary complete with evenmore essential vocabulary

Russian For Dummies provides basic instruction to thoseseeking to grasp the basics of conversational Russian. Students,travelers, and businesspeople with little or no language experiencewill gain a clearer understanding on how to communicate inRussian.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781118127698
Publisher: Wiley
Publication date: 03/06/2012
Series: For Dummies Series
Edition description: 2nd Edition with CD
Pages: 384
Sales rank: 143,643
Product dimensions: 7.40(w) x 9.20(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Andrew Kaufman, PhD, is a published scholar and anaward-winning teacher of Russian language, literature, and cultureat some of the country's top universities.

Serafima Gettys, PhD, is a Coordinator of the ForeignLanguage Program at Lewis University, where she also teachesRussian.

Table of Contents

Introduction 1

Part I: Getting Started 7

Chapter 1: Russian in a Nutshell 9

Chapter 2: Checking Out the Russian Alphabet 17

Chapter 3: Warming Up with Russian Grammar Basics 33

Chapter 4: Getting Started with Basic Expressions 69

Chapter 5: Getting Your Numbers, Times, and MeasurementsStraight 81

Chapter 6: Speaking Russian at Home 99

Part II: Russian in Action 117

Chapter 7: Getting to Know You: Making Small Talk 119

Chapter 8: Asking for Directions 133

Chapter 9: Dining Out and Going to the Market 145

Chapter 10: Shopping Made Easy 157

Chapter 11: Going Out on the Town 173

Chapter 12: Taking Care of Business and Telecommunications185

Chapter 13: Recreation and the Great Outdoors 203

Part III: Russian on the Go 219

Chapter 14: Planning a Trip 221

Chapter 15: Dealing with Money in a Foreign Land 231

Chapter 16: Getting Around: Planes, Trains, Taxis, and More241

Chapter 17: Finding a Place to Stay 255

Chapter 18: Handling Emergencies 271

Part IV: The Part of Tens 289

Chapter 19: Ten Ways to Pick Up Russian Quickly 291

Chapter 20: Ten Things Never to Say in Russian 295

Chapter 21: Ten Favorite Russian Expressions 301

Chapter 22: Ten Phrases That Make You Sound Fluent in Russian305

Part V: Appendixes 311

Appendix A: Mini-Dictionary 313

Appendix B: Verb Tables 333

Appendix C: On the CD 339

Appendix D: Answer Keys 341

Index 345

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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
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 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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