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    A text book to start with?

    What text book would you recomend for the very beginners?
    I know there is much information here, but I'd like to know your recent ideas. Is there any text book that you would recomend? And why do you like it?

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    I highly recommend just routine googling. Books (at least the ones for English speakers) are poorly written and wrong in my experience. They're written by someone who practically doesn't even speak russian and reviewed by a native speaker who doesn't necessarily know their own language. It's like asking a native English speaker to check a book that teaches "who" and "whom", that person has no idea. 10 internet videos will teach a concept to a strong understanding while reading a book's explanation over and over might give a shaky understanding at best. No matter what happens you'll always want multiple sources explaining in multiple ways, if you do that with books, you're wasting time and money. The internet is right there, free. That's just my experience with books that try to teach Russian.

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    Hello, Hoax!

    I can assure you the advice I am about to give you is no hoax. (I apologize for the horrible pun, but I simply could not resist). I was fortunate enough to obtain textbooks from a friend. I shall provide you with the book details, but I cannot guarantee their availability nor accessibility. If you cannot find them available online, on E-bay, or Amazon, then they may have gone out of print or are uncommon.

    The New Penguin Russian Course: A Complete Course For Beginners, by Nicholas J. Brown. (Pub. 1996 , by Penguin Books) [Available on Amazon: Click]
    Complete Russian: Teach Yourself, by Daphne West. (2010) [Available on Amazon: Click]
    Russian: A Self-Teaching Guide, by Kathryn Szczepanska (Pub. 2005, by John Wiley & Sons Inc.)

    Admittedly, however, the above books may have rather steep or unaffordable prices. If they are completely out of your budget range, then it may be best, as xxHoax recommended (by the way, are you two related in any way?), to Google free Russian courses, and also perhaps visit YouTube and search for Russian lessons on there. Because we live in the digital age, there is an abundance of free and effective language resources for you to learn Russian.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CrimsonRaptor View Post
    Hello, Hoax!

    I can assure you the advice I am about to give you is no hoax. (I apologize for the horrible pun, but I simply could not resist). I was fortunate enough to obtain textbooks from a friend. I shall provide you with the book details, but I cannot guarantee their availability nor accessibility. If you cannot find them available online, on E-bay, or Amazon, then they may have gone out of print or are uncommon.

    The New Penguin Russian Course: A Complete Course For Beginners, by Nicholas J. Brown. (Pub. 1996 , by Penguin Books) [Available on Amazon: Click]
    Complete Russian: Teach Yourself, by Daphne West. (2010) [Available on Amazon: Click]
    Russian: A Self-Teaching Guide, by Kathryn Szczepanska (Pub. 2005, by John Wiley & Sons Inc.)

    Admittedly, however, the above books may have rather steep or unaffordable prices. If they are completely out of your budget range, then it may be best, as xxHoax recommended (by the way, are you two related in any way?), to Google free Russian courses, and also perhaps visit YouTube and search for Russian lessons on there. Because we live in the digital age, there is an abundance of free and effective language resources for you to learn Russian.
    Thank you very much. I have two out of the three you mentioned. Yes they are pretty old, I'm interested in the books like "Наше время" for example, as I don't know if they worth buying.
    No, we are not related. The other guy's name is Noah written in Russian and not an english word "hoax" =) And also I'm Russian and he is American.
    I believe people need books any way, there is so much information available online that very often people don't know what to start with. And also that is why they need teachers, to guide them all through the language jungles. Not many people have much spare time for searching information.

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