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    What's the best book to use to learn Russian?

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    The best self-study book I've come across is The New Penguin Russian Course: A Complete Course for Beginners Penguin Handbooks: Amazon.co.uk: Nicholas J. Brown: Books

    It's of vastly better quality than most self-study courses - which tend to be little more than glorified phrase books - but some beginners might find it a little dense as a result. There are no audio or visual gimmicks either, so it can be a bit dry. Basically it'll take you farther and faster in your study, but you'll have to work a bit harder too.

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    Best Foreign Language Study books (readers)

    thanks!

    If we talk about Amazon, on my opinion here are best Foreign Language Study books (readers):

    Вечный муж Foreign Language Study book "Vechnij muzh": Vocabulary in English, Explanatory notes in English, Essay in English (illustrated, annotated) (Foreign Language Study books): Fyodor Dostoyevsky, Sergio Novikoff: Amazon.com: Kindle Store
    Vechnij muzh

    Игрок Amazon.com: Foreign Language Study book "Igrok": Vocabulary in English, Explanatory notes in English, Essay in English (illustrated, annotated) eBook: Fyodor Dostoyevsky, Sergio Novikoff: Kindle Store
    Igrok

    Белые ночи Amazon.com: Foreign Language Study book "Belie nochi": Vocabulary in English, Explanatory notes in English, Essay in English (illustrated, annotated) (Foreign Language Study books) eBook: Fyodor Dostoyevsky, Sergio Novikoff: Kindle Store
    Belie nochi

    Двойник Amazon.com: Foreign Language Study book "Dvojnik": Vocabulary in English, Explanatory notes in English, Essay in English (illustrated, annotated) (Foreign Language Study books) eBook: Fyodor Dostoyevsky, Sergio Novikoff: Kindle Store
    Dvojnik

    Неточка Незванова Foreign Language Study book "Netochka Nezvanova": Vocabulary in English, Explanatory notes in English, Essay in English (illustrated, annotated) (Foreign Language Study books) eBook: Fyodor Dostoyevsky, Sergio Novikoff: Amazon.co.uk: Kindle Store
    Netochka Nezvanova

    Двойник http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B0086686HO
    Dvojnik

    Униженные и оскорбленные Foreign Language Study book "Unijennie i oskorblennie": Vocabulary in English, Explanatory notes in English, Essay in English (illustrated, annotated) (Foreign Language Study books) eBook: Fyodor Dostoyevsky, Sergio Novikoff: Amazon.co.uk: Kindle Sto
    Unijennie i oskorblennie


    To find more Russian Classic books on Amazon, type "ruBook" (without quotes and spaces) in the search box in Amazon the KindleStore.

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    Any other advises?
    Yeah, "advise" is the verb. The noun is "advice", and it's uncountable so it can't appear in plural.

    "Any other advice?"

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    I found these really useful as practice books, and as a way of increasing my vocabulary quickly. I wouldn't recommend trying to learn Russian just from these, but alongside other resources they're great.

    http://www.amazon.co.uk/Schaums-Outl...9071741&sr=8-1

    http://www.amazon.co.uk/Schaums-Outl...9071741&sr=8-2

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    Quote Originally Posted by zedeeyen View Post
    The best self-study book I've come across is The New Penguin Russian Course: A Complete Course for Beginners Penguin Handbooks: Amazon.co.uk: Nicholas J. Brown: Books

    It's of vastly better quality than most self-study courses - which tend to be little more than glorified phrase books - but some beginners might find it a little dense as a result. There are no audio or visual gimmicks either, so it can be a bit dry. Basically it'll take you farther and faster in your study, but you'll have to work a bit harder too.
    But the description of the pronunciation is awful, you should use another source to learn Russian phonology and graphics.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Marcus View Post
    But the description of the pronunciation is awful, you should use another source to learn Russian phonology and graphics.
    I don't remember the pronunciation section to be honest, but these days with the amount of audio/ visual resource available on the internet you'd be a fool to try to learn pronunciation from a written description in any book.

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    Quote Originally Posted by zedeeyen View Post
    I don't remember the pronunciation section to be honest, but these days with the amount of audio/ visual resource available on the internet you'd be a fool to try to learn pronunciation from a written description in any book.
    Wrong concepts become undestroyable quickly. It was impossible to explain to you that hard and soft consonants were important for understanding and that one could replace a soft consonant with the hard consonant and "y".

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    Quote Originally Posted by Marcus View Post
    Wrong concepts become undestroyable quickly. It was impossible to explain to you that hard and soft consonants were important for understanding and that one could replace a soft consonant with the hard consonant and "y".
    No, it was impossible for me to explain to you the difference between the statements "X is less important than Y" and "X is not important".

    So I gave up, and I'm not about to start again because I care even less now than I did at the time.

    Toodle pip.

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