Author(s): Andrew Kaufman
The fast and easy way to learn to speak Russian With Russia in line to host the World Cup in 2018, the Winter Olympics in 2014, as well as a Formula 1 Grand Prix, interest in Russia is on the rise. Russian For Dummies is an excellent resource for students, tourists, and businesspeople looking for an introduction to this popular and complex language. This updated edition offers new and improved content, more useful exercises and practice opportunities, all new content devoted to the Cyrillic alphabet, and much more. A revamped, user-friendly organization A fully updated and expanded audio CD with real-life conversations by native speakers Expanded coverage of grammar, verb conjugations, and pronunciations A refreshed and expanded mini-dictionary complete with even more essential vocabulary Russian For Dummies provides basic instruction to those seeking to grasp the basics of conversational Russian. Students, travelers, and businesspeople with little or no language experience will gain a clearer understanding on how to communicate in Russian.
Andrew Kaufman, PhD, is a published scholar and an award-winning teacher of Russian language, literature, and culture at some of the country's top universities. Serafima Gettys, PhD, is a Coordinator of the Foreign Language Program at Lewis University, where she also teaches Russian.
Introduction 1 Part I: Getting Started 7 Chapter 1: Russian in a Nutshell 9 Chapter 2: Checking Out the Russian Alphabet 17 Chapter 3: Warming Up with Russian Grammar Basics 33 Chapter 4: Getting Started with Basic Expressions 69 Chapter 5: Getting Your Numbers, Times, and Measurements Straight 81 Chapter 6: Speaking Russian at Home 99 Part II: Russian in Action 117 Chapter 7: Getting to Know You: Making Small Talk 119 Chapter 8: Asking for Directions 133 Chapter 9: Dining Out and Going to the Market 145 Chapter 10: Shopping Made Easy 157 Chapter 11: Going Out on the Town 173 Chapter 12: Taking Care of Business and Telecommunications 185 Chapter 13: Recreation and the Great Outdoors 203 Part III: Russian on the Go 219 Chapter 14: Planning a Trip 221 Chapter 15: Dealing with Money in a Foreign Land 231 Chapter 16: Getting Around: Planes, Trains, Taxis, and More 241 Chapter 17: Finding a Place to Stay 255 Chapter 18: Handling Emergencies 271 Part IV: The Part of Tens 289 Chapter 19: Ten Ways to Pick Up Russian Quickly 291 Chapter 20: Ten Things Never to Say in Russian 295 Chapter 21: Ten Favorite Russian Expressions 301 Chapter 22: Ten Phrases That Make You Sound Fluent in Russian 305 Part V: Appendixes 311 Appendix A: Mini-Dictionary 313 Appendix B: Verb Tables 333 Appendix C: On the CD 339 Appendix D: Answer Keys 341 Index 345