Beginning This book is designed to teach the beginner a basic vocabulary of 100 Russian words — covering 8 everyday topics: around the home/ clothes/ around town (including transportation)/ countryside/ essentials/ opposites/ animals/ parts of the body—and provide strategies and practice for recognizing and reading these words. The consumable workbook contain perforated flash cards illustrating each of the words.
Doesn't tell you where the stress goes
By Gagewyn - December 6, 2004
100 words is not a lot, so I'm assuming you'd want this book for fun and very casual use. If you have a friend who speaks Russian and they are going to help you through this book, then it looks like it could be a fun little book to learn some simple words and spellings from. It has some cute pictures and puzzles to reinforce the vocabulary and make it fun.
This book has one big omission: It doesn't contain stress marks for the words. In Russian, as in English, pronunciation is not 100 percent connected to spelling. In a basic text book and in any educational materials, one of the letters in each word should have a small mark over it to show where the accent goes. This way you can see how to pronounce the word. Books published for Russians won't have the accents, because native speakers already know how to pronounce a word. This made it difficult to find reading material when I was starting out in Russian. I found pronouncing to be the hardest aspect of Russian, so... read more
By AZ - April 2, 2013
Not bad at all, but There better books on the market of course. If you are a beginner it will help you.
This book was used!!!
By Maria E. Pineiro "gudelia" - April 21, 2012
I paid full price and got an used book. Several pages have been written on and exercises done. It was sold as new. SHAME!