Re: [orthodox-rocor] Learning Russian..........
> I am looking for the BEST, very comprehensive introductory textbookto
> the Russian language now available. I am looking for a textbookthat
> explains the grammar very thoroughly, has excellent reading andgrammar
> exercises, etc. I am also looking for the BEST Russian languageetc.
> CD-ROM that would help me with pronunciation, grammar exercises,
The book from which I got my first foundation in Russian was Anna H.
Semeonoff's "A New Russian Grammar", first printed in 1934 by E. P.
Dutton & Co. Inc., in New York, and reprinted many times since. This
book gives a very clear and thorough introduction to the grammar and
the most important vocabulary. The book consists of two parts in one
volume, and a third, "Russian Syntax" in a separate volume. There is
also a reader to accompany the grammar. The series may now be OUP, but
probably copies are not too hard to find.
There are of course a great number of introductory and intermediate
Russian textbooks now available, and one has only to go into a large
bookstore, such as Barnes & Noble's, to look at what there is. Since
language is so many-faceted, it probably would help you to work with
several books and several approaches -- so I would not worry too much
about finding the "best single book"! If you do not have a general
textbook now, *any* textbook will take you further along the way to
Much the same can be said for recordings.
Fr. John R. Shaw