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Bilingual Triglot
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 Message 17 of 21
19 September 2010 at 5:19am | IP Logged 
I was enjoying El Nuevo Ruso sin Esfuerzo (Spanish base) until I hit lesson 31, the
book is like a brick wall. I still consider it an awesome resource as are all Assimil
texts, but the jump in difficulty is ridiculous...The volume almost feels like a
"Using" course, which in a way is good.

Fortunately I had also bought Linguaphone Russian, I started that course, and took a
break from Assimil...the pace is much better for me. The lessons are longer but are
divided into parts, making the content easier to absorb. In addition there are many
more exercises and the grammar explanations are excellent.

The only have to minor caveats one the course is slightly dated (locations, a couple of
words here and there) and voice acting (intonation)in Assimil seems more modern. Don't
get me wrong Assimil is great! Just wish I would have gone with the newer Le Russe as
it is more accessible. I don't think I would benefit from going back and getting Le
Russe as the Linguaphone will bring me up to a level where El Neuvo Ruso will be much

I am also a big fan of both Living Language Russian Books, the Vocab is modern and
recordings are excellent.

Edited by LatinoBoy84 on 19 September 2010 at 5:21am

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 Message 18 of 21
25 September 2010 at 7:46pm | IP Logged 
I´m using the Assimil "Le nouveau russe sans peine" (french), after a long break from the study of russian and I´m getting along quite well, nonetheless, it seems the Assimil course started where I stoped, with a vocabulary a lot more complex than other aproaches I´ve tried before. So, at least for someone with some previous vocab knowledge, Assimil seems pretty efficient.
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Studies: Russian

 Message 19 of 21
29 September 2010 at 2:32pm | IP Logged 
I will add the followings:
youtube - usenetpost huliganov
russian for beginners
Princenton Russian Course
GLOSS (Department of Defense)
Assimil - (only for Spanish speakers)
New Penguin Russian COurse
Teach Yourself
Anki - choose your target country and watch tv for free
netflix - the got a lot of russian movies

that's for now
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 Message 20 of 21
29 November 2010 at 3:02pm | IP Logged 
For those at a higher level, at university and who can study in English, I highly recommend any book that has been written by Terence Wade, his "A Comprehensive Russian Grammar" with its "Russian Grammar Workbook" are brilliant, and "Using Russian Vocabulary" is perfect to build your vocab. Even "The Oxford Russian Grammar and Verbs" is easy to understand and well explained.

"Schaum's Outline of Russian Grammar" is useful for an easy understanding of grammar points and exercices with keys. "Colloquial Russian" is good enough for British universities to use, and I find it rather well structured. One of their lecturers, Derek Offord also wrote "Modern Russian: An Advanced Grammar Course" with A LOT of exercises and the keys, and "Using Russian: A Guide to Contemporary Usage", a book that will quench the thirst of those interested in the language, and not only how to speak it.

For those who want to specialise in an area of grammar, "Russian in exercises" by Khavronina is brilliant, and "Verbs of motion in Russian" by Muravyova will probably help some of you. In the verbs of motion category, "Russian motion verbs for intermediate students" by William Mahota doesn't come with the answers, but will provide you with thorough explanations of the sneaky buggers.

Finally, for case endings, Janda's and Clancy's "Case Book for Russian" should help you out. For conjugations, I haven't found anything better than the amazing "Big Silver Book of Russian Verbs".

Hope that will help some of you out there! :)

Edited by Préposition on 29 November 2010 at 3:04pm

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 Message 21 of 21
16 March 2012 at 5:27pm | IP Logged 
For those of you who are interested in pronunciation, you may want to check this website out:

It specializes in speech-language pathology. If you click on Эти трудные звуки! (it’s on the right side of the home page), you will find some diction and articulation exercises in Russian.

Edited by Page on 16 March 2012 at 5:34pm

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