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Russian For Dummies

by Andrew Kaufman, Serafima Gettys

Wiley | March 6, 2012 | Trade Paperback |

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The fast and easy way to learn to speak Russian

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

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

  • A revamped, user-friendly organization
  • A fully updated and expanded audio CD with real-life conversations by native speakers
  • Expanded coverage of grammar, verb conjugations, and pronunciations
  • A refreshed and expanded mini-dictionary complete with even more essential vocabulary

Russian For Dummies provides basic instruction to those seeking to grasp the basics of conversational Russian. Students, travelers, and businesspeople with little or no language experience will gain a clearer understanding on how to communicate in Russian.

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 384 Pages, 7.09 × 9.06 × 0.79 in

Published: March 6, 2012

Publisher: Wiley

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 1118127692

ISBN - 13: 9781118127698

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Russian For Dummies

by Andrew Kaufman, Serafima Gettys

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 384 Pages, 7.09 × 9.06 × 0.79 in

Published: March 6, 2012

Publisher: Wiley

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 1118127692

ISBN - 13: 9781118127698

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 Measurements Straight 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 Telecommunications 185

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 More 241

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 Russian 305

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

From the Publisher

The fast and easy way to learn to speak Russian

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

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

  • A revamped, user-friendly organization
  • A fully updated and expanded audio CD with real-life conversations by native speakers
  • Expanded coverage of grammar, verb conjugations, and pronunciations
  • A refreshed and expanded mini-dictionary complete with even more essential vocabulary

Russian For Dummies provides basic instruction to those seeking to grasp the basics of conversational Russian. Students, travelers, and businesspeople with little or no language experience will gain a clearer understanding on how to communicate in Russian.

From the Jacket

The fast and easy way to learn to speak Russian

If you''re looking to reach a comfort level in conversational Russian, this hands-on, friendly guide gets you speaking like a native. Here, you''ll find expanded coverage of the necessary grammar, major verb tenses, and conjugations that beginners need to know. Plus, you''ll get a fully updated audio CD that includes real-life conversations, a refreshed and expanded mini-dictionary, plenty of useful practice opportunities, and more.

  • Russian 101 - learn to recite the alphabet, get a crash course on grammar, and start saying some basic Russian expressions

  • It''s easy as odin, dva, tri (1, 2, 3) - hone your small-talk skills and discover how to communicate effectively in everyday situations, like asking for directions, ordering food, and more

  • Happy trails - take your Russian on the road and discover how to plan a trip, make arrangements for a place to stay, discuss transportation, and exchange money for local currency

  • Take care of business - grasp the essential Russian language skills you need to talk on the phone and perform everyday tasks at the office

Open the book and find:

  • Common words and phrases in Cyrillic

  • Basic grammar, Russian cases, and common expressions

  • Formal and informal greetings

  • Information on numbers, time, and measurements

  • Pointers for describing everyday activities in Russian

  • Tips for making small talk, asking for directions, and more

  • Fun activities to help you practice your Russian skills

  • Expanded Russian-English and English-Russian dictionaries

Audio CD Includes

More than 30 conversations that reinforce lessons from the book

See appendix for complete system requirements.

Learn to:

  • Speak conversational Russian with ease

  • Make sense of grammar, verb conjugations, and pronunciations

  • Identify Cyrillic letters

CD includes real-life conversations by native speakers

About the Author

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

Serafima Gettys, PhD, is a Coordinator of the Foreign Language Program at Lewis University, where she also teaches Russian.

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