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Every Russian learner needs a copy of this textbook. I don't study the language any more, but it is a fantastic resource that somehow makes sense of the ridiculously complicated Russian grammar.
I've been using this book and I'm only on lesson 5, but I've enjoyed the way they explain things. Like they explained the prepositional endings really well.
It's definitely better than Rosetta Stone.
I think paired with something to really cement the grammar will be pretty effective.
Use it with the New Penguin book. (only $15 on Amazon)
This. Don't guess your way to success in Russian, get a grammar book. If you do not have a Russian-grammar book, then I highly recommend this one -- it explains absolutely everything you will ever need to know as far as grammar goes.
I would highly suggest the New Penguin Russian Course for learning grammar. Easily one of the most comprehensive and understandable grammar guides I've seen for the Russian language. Also comes with conjugation/case tables in the back for adjectives/nouns/pronouns/etc..
I'm a beginner, but I've been enjoying learning through The New Penguin Russian Course. I saw it on a site that teaches Russian concepts, and it was labeled as "probably the best course in a book"
> The New Penguin Russian Course: A Complete Course for Beginners (Penguin Handbooks) https://www.amazon.com/dp/0140120416/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_glc_fabc_HnQ8FbGXYWP60
that book was published in 1996, is there anything more recent? You'd be surprised how much a language can change in 10+ years. I bought a french textbook from 1993 and I was told by multiple teachers that it was a good book but very outdated and had some grammical errors ect.
Penguin has a good Russian book on Amazon
The New Penguin Russian Course: A Complete Course for Beginners (Penguin Handbooks) https://www.amazon.com/dp/0140120416/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_glc_fabc_HnQ8FbGXYWP60
I reccomend a teacher at first but if you can this book may be fine. I am a beginner and only took two semesters of Russian but it really helps to get a teacher.
You can get far with this book and others but like all things the beginning is hard and your expectations will be hard to gauge at first which are just a few out of the many reasons you should get a teacher first.
Learn Russian! Good luck! You got this!
New Penguin Russian Course
You mention you're not learning through classes... do you have a book, or an organized course online?
Aspect is a Big Topic with many nuances that are very sensitive to context. My advice would be to find a class or a book with an experienced teacher and follow their lead, building up your understanding gradually; students typically refine their understanding of aspect over a number of semesters.
If you do need to learn on your own, Nicholas Brown's New Penguin Russian Course is good.
Because you'd already be subjugated through propaganda :^)
Do something productive instead of crying about your next president. Here... https://www.amazon.com/New-Penguin-Russian-Course-Beginners/dp/0140120416/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1481656596&sr=1-1
But counters et al told me that Bernie wasn't "nuanced" enough to be electable.
Oh well. Better start learning some Russian
There was a workbook called Сила that I used to get off the ground, but I can't find it anywhere on line. I used it in conjunction with
I'll tell you what you don't want to do though. Don't get a book that has a bunch of phrases that you need to memorize. Get a book that focuses on grammar principles and vocab.
EDIT: Join us in /r/russian as well! There is most likely more beginners there as well.
I'm still fairly new to learning, but I've been using this book: http://www.amazon.com/New-Penguin-Russian-Course-Beginners/dp/0140120416/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1433961745&sr=8-1&keywords=russian+learning
It has done a good job of explaining all of the concepts so far that I've been through. Just get a notebook and some index cards to do the exercises and help memorize the alphabet and vocabulary. Say everything outloud as you go through the exercises to work on pronunciation.
Listening to people speaking the language has also been a huge help for me. I've really enjoyed following VICE News' Russian Roulette series. You can hear plenty of people speaking Russian (probably some Ukrainian in there too), but it is usually subtitled, and the journalist, Simon Ostrovsky, narrates in English what's going on so you don't feel lost. I like it because you get to hear very raw conversational speech. It's not prewritten dialogue like you would find in movies, although those are certainly worth your time.
The Ukrainian conflict is quite interesting in itself and even more so if you're interested in Russian language, politics, and culture.
Learn the basic alphabet from any site online that lists it. Not necessarily how to say the letters phonetically, but how to pronounce them. Definitely grab Rosetta Stone; I really like the way it teaches you the language.
I would also recommend a book I have called Russian Course
The 'difficulty' argument can go on forever. Yes, there's a 'lot' of grammar, but Russian is fairly regular, and there is lots of very high-quality learning material out there. Buy a copy of The New Penguin Russian Course and go from there. There's no audio so you'll need to supplement it wit h something, I use a bilingual copy of The Little Prince (Маленький принц) along with an audiobook to train my pronunciation. (I can send you the files if you're interested)
Start with this book: https://www.amazon.com/New-Penguin-Russian-Course-Beginners/dp/0140120416
Language learning is 80% about comprehensible input. Here is a list I made with all the YouTube channels you can watch once you've reached level A1:
Here's the link https://www.amazon.co.uk/New-Penguin-Russian-Course-Beginners/dp/0140120416
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It's available on Amazon.
"I also recommend using a textbook. I've found this one ok:
Also heard good things about this one:
Pasted from a recent thread I commented on
I also recommend using a textbook. I've found this one ok:
Je recommande commencer avec ce livre: https://www.amazon.fr/New-Penguin-Russian-Course/dp/0140120416.
Le livre est en anglais, mais, je trouve que c'est le meilleur livre sur la grammaire russe. En plus de ça, j'aime bien écouter des podcasts qui sont faites pour le niveau intermédiaire. Le podcast que je préfère s'appelle Comprehensible Russian Podcast (https://www.russianwithmax.com/) -- après du temps, vous pouvez commencer comprendre et les sujets sont intéressants.
The New Penguin Russian Course: A Complete Course for Beginners https://www.amazon.com/dp/0140120416
Duolingo has a great option to learn the alphabet now.
Once you get past learning the alphabet, I would recommend Mango Languages to learn new vocabulary. Not a free service, but I was able to get it for free through my local library so you might be able to do something similar.
For grammar, the most useful book for me was this book. A little dated, but it has some of the best and most thorough grammar explanations I've found in any textbook.
But the most important part of learning a new language is exposure, so I would recommend finding Russian YouTube channels you like, movies, TV shows, podcasts, music, etc. If you like 90's rock music, a couple of my favorite Russian bands are Гражданская Оборона (I think they call themselves psychedelic rock) and Король и Шут. You may not understand anything at first, but the more you hear the language and expose yourself to it, the easier you will pick it up (just like you learned your native language as a kid).
Эта книга была вохитительная в моём обучений русского. Рекомендую всем:
The New Penguin Russian Course: A Complete Course for Beginners
Кстати если хочешь поделиться свой опыт со мной для исследавательского опроса please do so) It'll really help my research. Всего доброго!
I recommend The New Penguin Russian Course for understanding basic grammar and building your basic vocabulary.
Oxford Take off in Russian (if you can find the book and its accompanying audio CDs) or perhaps Hippocrene's Beginner's Russian and its supporting website hosted by UCLA (free registration needed) would also be on my list since "The New Penguin..." doesn't have audio and you probably want some guided practice in pronouncing and listening to Russian.
I've used the first two and quite liked them as a way to teach myself the basics so that I could start to use textbooks for Turkic languages meant for Russians. I haven't used the third book but from what I can is quite similar to Hippocrene Beginner's Ukrainian which also has a supporting website, but which I've used to teach myself basic Ukrainian.
I began learning Russian two years ago and I've reached an intermediate level which I am quite proud of in that time. My biggest pointer and the thing that helped me a lot when I started was reading and watching videos, ones with subtitles. Russian grammar may seem difficult at first but it is actually very logical and it does get easier as you go along.
My advice is pick some videos or some short stories and watch/read the same video or story over and over again until it starts to make sense. Just translate words which you don't understand and make a note of them. After you've watched or read the same thing 5,10,15+ times you'll find that you'll start to understand.
I can recommend some sources to get you started, all have subtitles in Russian. For gaining vocabulary and training your ear. Just take it 10 minutes at a time if it is too overwhelming:
Russian Progress (interviews)
Russian with Anastasia (interviews)
Орел и Решка (Travel)
Russian with Max (Various topics and interviews. He also has a great payed podcast with transcripts I highly recommend)
Learn Russian Through Stories (short stories)
Russian for Free (I used these when I began, very cool)
Russian books with audio (Paid resource but very useful)
Litres (Russian e-book store)
The New Penguin Russian Course
Explains the grammar in plain and simple terms in English. You can learn everything you need to get started from this book.
Learning a language is a long term thing. You just have to put in the time each day a little bit. Some days it will feel like you aren't making progress but those are the moments when you just sit down and read something or watch something. You can do it, I believe in you!
https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0140120416 isn't half bad, guy shares some personal experience and there are some good exercises to learn from.
There are lots of full programs at LiveLingua, too - https://www.livelingua.com/courses/russian
You could try The New Penguin Russian Course which has a short section on the history of the language.
This one also has a couple good reviews on Amazon.
Honestly, though, if he's wanting to learn, I'd have him check out DuoLingo first and the extensive Wikipedia article on the Russian language.
Russian language - Wikipedia
Well, more than dictionaries, which don't teach grammatical concepts, I would recommend grammar textbooks. While I learned the language natively and with Russian textbooks, I've seen a lot of learners recommend this book: https://www.amazon.com/New-Penguin-Russian-Course-Beginners/dp/0140120416
It certainly covers participles, and reflexive verbs, and subjunctives, and does so in a systematic way.
If you can't find a class, try https://mezhdunami.org/ , a free online course that has audio and exercises. Nicholas Brown's New Penguin Russian Course gives a solid grounding in grammar that's essential for the long run. You might also look at Mango Languages – some libraries provide free access. For a comparison of Duolingo and Mango Languages, check this post.
The New Penguin is an excellent guide that works though the grammar rules and cases systematically.
Chekhov Bilingual: Readings from Russia is a series of short stories shown both in English and in Russian. This can be a bit difficult though if you aren't super familiar with vocabulary.
It's best to follow a sequence that's been thought out by experienced teachers – if you aren't in a class, try Nicholas Brown's New Penguin Russian Course or the free online course at https://www.mezhdunami.org.
Thanks. I've found a New Penguin one from Amazon that I am ready to order.
[The new penguin])(https://www.amazon.com/dp/0140120416/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_apa_i_fOUKFbKBA5ZDS) has been the most helpful resource for me. Very thorough and informative. Clozemaster and anki are both excellent for vocabulary.
Was it this one?
Note: These are exercises from The New Penguin Russian Course, in case you're wondering.
Not the most visually attractive site, but pretty good in regard of its contents and explanations.
They say this book is also pretty good: https://www.amazon.es/New-Penguin-Russian-Course-Beginners/dp/0140120416
This is a good intro book, and /r/russian's a pretty good sub.
Here is the desktop version of your link
RT's course is pretty good as a refresher (and it's fun too) - Learn Russian at RT.com.
For grammar, I would definitely recommend The New Penguin Russian Course by Nicholas Brown. It's concise, to the point, and moderately fast paced. I think that should give you a good basis from which to tackle more complex grammar.
For vocabulary, as someone else posted in here, rutracker.org has tons of materials - readers, audio-books, magazines, newspapers, movies, etc.
Just buy this book and use RS to supplement it.
Or get the Assimil course(s).
The textbook <em>New Penguin Russian Course</em> is good.
Russian words are very often pronounced as they are spelled, and learning the sounds of the letters is a good investment. Check out this, and other youtube videos.
RS does have Russian. It is really good for vocab and pronunciation. It is relatively frustrating for grammar. I would recommend doing RS and supplementing it with New Penguin Russian Course for grammar, as FormerRSguy mentioned earlier.
The New Penguin Russian Course is very good.