The New Penguin Russian Course

Nicholas J. Brown


The New Penguin Russian Course

The New Penguin Russian Course

  • Title: The New Penguin Russian Course
  • Author: Nicholas J. Brown
  • ISBN: 9780140120417
  • Page: 161
  • Format: Paperback



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 youWhether 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 have learned The emphasis is on acquiring vocabulary, experiencing conversational language and learning useful grammar The book also includes a vocabulary of 1,500 words and a glossary of grammatical terms.


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Tracking my progress at my langblr so I won't be updating here.

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.

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 [...]

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.

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.

The New Penguin Russian Course (NPRC) is a good "second" book for people wanting to learn Russian. For a first book, I would recommend a shorter course, one that gives you a taste of how the language works but doesn't go into too many details. It will allow you to make enough progress and not get discouraged by this difficult and exotic language. Only after you have the basics down would I advise getting a 'heavier', more grammar-laden course, like the NPRC. I myself tried using the NPRC when I [...]

This is really a rather poor device for education. Sure, it teaches the many nuances of the grammar, offering a comprehensive guide, compacted in a single volume, but the study is very intense, as each chapter contains over 50 new vocabulary and very little practice for them is given. Typically the text offers a list of all the newly presented vocab but offers only one or two passages of sample text for most of them. On top of that, the book keeps adding more and more vocabulary per chapter unti [...]

Just got this and I am very pleased at the excellent way the material is presented and difficult concepts explained. There is enough cultural material to make the lessons interesting. Whether I'll actually be able to learn Russian is therefore down to me and my dodgy memory for vocabulary, and not any deficiency in the material!

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 [...]

nwhytevejournal/1197225ml[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.

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

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.

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.

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.

Among the most effective books to learn the Russian language.

A great primer that I read until it was falling apart.

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.

Я не изучю русский язык сейчас. Off the 'currently-reading' shelf until I can get back to it, after the bar exam.

Learned the alphabet and skimmed the rest.


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