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The New Penguin Russian Course

4.15  ·  Rating Details ·  236 Ratings  ·  15 Reviews
Whether you’re learning alone or attending classes, you’ll find this complete Russian language course for beginners both accessible and indispensable. Designed to provide the student with an excellent command of basic Russian (the equivalent of A’ level standard) the book features thirty lessons punctuated by revision exercises to ensure you have fully understood what you ...more
Paperback, 528 pages
Published March 28th 1996 by Penguin
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Rosemarie Short
Mar 26, 2013 Rosemarie Short rated it it was amazing
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This is very useful, I found especially when teamed with the Michel Thomas Total Russian Language Program. That will take care of your pronunciation which this guide will help you relate to seeing Russian words on the page. Highly recommended.
Aug 05, 2013 Jonah rated it really liked it
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This book would be even better of it came with an audio cd. Intonation is a big part of any language, and while the author does put accent marks on the words, it is very annoying not to hear them. It's a bit of a pain to type in all the words you have trouble with on google translate.
He does explain things very well, although I have experienced confusion on numerous occasions due to his wording. And the binding could be A LOT better.
In either case, Russian is a beautiful language and this auth
Jan 28, 2008 Adam rated it really liked it
Sometimes this book gets a little advanced a little fast, especially toward the end. But it's has the best explanation of Russian grammar of any one-volume textbook. The "Teach Yourself Russian" book isn't nearly as good in terms of exercises or methodology, and you'd really have to buy the "Teach Yourself Russian Grammar" supplement to match Penguin's breadth of grammatical instruction.
Noah Stacy
Jan 28, 2009 Noah Stacy marked it as to-read
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Я не изучю русский язык сейчас. Off the 'currently-reading' shelf until I can get back to it, after the bar exam.
May 05, 2014 Azzageddi rated it it was amazing
Excellent. Very exhaustive, at least for someone up to the beginner intermediate level--so exhaustive that I'm going to have to re-read it in order to absorb it all. Highly recommend it.
Alan Duncan
Apr 19, 2016 Alan Duncan rated it liked it
Like it's predecessor (the old Penguin Russian Course) that I read in the 1980's this has a strong grammar-centric approach. Unlike that book it's much more dense and progresses at a far greater pace. I do appreciate some areas where it seems to take itself less seriously than the previous edition of this book. For example, the author sprinkles tips about what learning items can be deferred for later, etc. The vocabulary lists that accompany each chapter are very long relative to other similar b ...more
Nicholas Whyte[return][return]I think it is not a bad course. It alerted me to a number of tricky exceptions to the general rules which my previous textbook had rather glossed over (eg the irregular prepositional 2 @K<C, 'in the Crimea'). But I would have needed regular human lessons as well to get me through to the end, so I'm leaving it here, and switching to a quite different Indo-European language.
E. H.
Although this is a good course, I find it necessary to use it along with another course as for each point that is explained clearly and concisely, there are some points that I feel it doesn't cover thoroughly enough or are better explained elsewhere. The exercises at the end of each chapter are very good, although I think perhaps there aren't enough of them..
Nov 12, 2013 Kristie rated it really liked it
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Excellent book for leaning Russian grammar! Very clear explanations and well ordered. it doesn't get 5 stars because in my opinion there are not enough exercises to really practice well, and also because there is no audio component, without which listening and speaking is impossible to master.
Nov 08, 2014 Mike rated it really liked it
Self-studying Russian as a previous student of other slavic languages (usually it's the other way around), I found this book to be the most accessible and focused of textbooks available on the subject.
Gemma Camilleri
Mar 22, 2015 Gemma Camilleri rated it liked it
Probably the best possible grammar book to exist for learning Russian. It does however get a little too advanced too quickly towards the end-half of the book.
Sep 21, 2011 Malene rated it liked it
If you have no knowledge of languages already, then this is not a good book for a beginner. I know several languages already, but this book was still hard to understand.
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