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The New Penguin Russian Course


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ISBN13: 9780140120417
ISBN10: 0140120416
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The New Penguin Russian Course is designed to provide students with an excellent command of basic Russian. Ideal as a self-tutor or as a supplement for those attending language classes, it aims to take the reader to the equivalent of A-level standard. The emphasis is on acquiring vocabulary, experiencing conversational language and learning useful grammar.

The New Penguin Russian Course contains: a key to all exercises; English translations of all the Russian texts; a vocabulary of over 1500 words; common expressions and full explanations of essential grammar points; revision exercises at five-lesson intervals; and a glossary of grammatical terms.

With thirty lessons to take you to profiency, The New Penguin Russian Course is an accessible and indispensable companion to gaining a practical knowledge of Russian.


This course is designed to introduce the learner through translation extracts to the culture and life of the modern (post-glasnost) Soviet Union, as well as to the Russian language.


A new edition of this definitive beginner's Russian course, which is widely used on university syllabuses throughout the country. *Previously appeared in March Buyer's Notes*

Table of Contents

The New Penguin Russian Course Introduction


1. Learning to Read Russian

Alphabet and Pronunciation; Transliteration; Street Signs

2. Russian Handwriting; More on Pronunciation

3. Everyday Phrases; Basic Grammar

Naming Things; Basic Grammar; Gender; Map of Russia

4. Doing Things - Verbs; Personal Pronouns

Present Tense; Conjugations; Word Stress; Nouns and Cases; Conversation in the Metro

5. Asking Questions; The Prepositional Case

Indeclinable Nouns; Dialogues

6. Possession; Going Places; The Accusative Case

Russian Personal Names; Dialogues

7. Describing Things: Adjectives

Masculine, Feminine and Neuter Adjectives; "What kind of...?"; "This" and "That"; Prepositional and Accusative Cases of Adjectives; Adverbs; Moscow Street Map

8. Plurals; Spelling Rules; Buying Things

Spelling Rule 1; "Is There...?"; Spelling Rule 2; Map of Europe

9. Numbers; The Genitive Case

1-5,000; Genitive Singular and Plural; Quantities; Roubles and Dollars; Buying Things; Street Market

10. "To Have"; More on the Genitive

Genitive Pronouns; "There Isn't"; Prepositions Taking the Genitive; Genitive of Adjectives; "Whether"; Dialogues

11. The Past; Reflexive Verbs

The Founding of St. Petersburg

12. The Future; Aspect; The Dative Case

Imperfective and Perfective; "To Want"; Dative; "To Give"; "To Please"; Spelling Rules 3 and 4; Prepositional Plural; In the Restaurant; Visiting Friends

13. Aspect in the Past; Use of Tenses

Aspect of the Infinitive; Reported Speech; More about "Whether"; Dialogue

14. Aspect in the Future; Impersonal Constructions


15. Requests and the Imperative

Summary of Aspect Use; Two Lost Tourists; Phoning a Bureaucrat

16. The Instrumental Case

TOT and TÓT; Declension of Surnames; A Family at Home; Volodia and the KGB

17. Time, Date, Age; Ordinal Numbers

Months; Years; The Daily Life of Chaikovskii (Tchaikovsky)

18. The Comparative; Superlatives; Relative Clauses with

("Who," "Which"); Victor Wants to Meet Mary; Siberian Superlatives; Map of Siberia

19. The Conditional; Obligation; Prefixes

Mary Seeks an Absent-Minded Professor

20. Verbs of Motion: Going, Running, Bringing

Travelling Around; Tania in Motion

21. Possession; Purpose

Mr. Thornwaite Doesn't Like His Hotel; Was Turgenev a Revolutionary?

22. Fun with Numbers

Declension of Numbers; "Both"; Collective Numerals; Fractions; Soviet Divorce Statistics

23. Time Expressions

"When?"; "How Long?"; Vadim and Eva; Mr. Kuznetsov and Mr. Pope

24. Negation; Place of He

Nothing, Nobody, Never; A Pineapple, but No Bananas

25. Diminutives; Proper Names; Politeness

"The Fox and the Rolling-Pin"

26. Indefinite Pronouns; Word Order; Writing Letters

A Letter to Mrs. Pope

27. Participles: Types and Stress

A Classic Film

28. Verbal Adverbs

Peter the Great; A Recipe for Mushroom Solianka

29. "Bookish" Style; Active Participles; Punctuation; Short-Form Adjectives

Vladivostok; The Winter Palace

30. Abbreviations; Names of Russian Letters; Particles

A Complete Chekhov Story; Fat and Thin

Grammatical Tables

The Four Spelling Rules

Russian-English Vocabulary

English-Russian Vocabulary

Key to Exercises and Translation of Texts

Glossary of Grammatical Terms


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underworld_lucid_dreamer, August 18, 2008 (view all comments by underworld_lucid_dreamer)
Answering the last reviewer's question:
No. There isn't, but you can get The Berlitz Basic Russian Workbook.

As for the book, it is the most authoritative textbook out there. If you go to any forums where learning Russian is discussed the name of the book will always come up. The only shortcoming of this book is the lack of an audio CD that will help you with the pronunciation. That's why you may need to get The Teach Yourself Russian Complete Course, but this is not really necessary as you can always work on your accent later.

If you're serious about learning Russian and don't have plenty of money to spend then this definitely is the book to get. You can find a lot of websites that will help you with your pronunciation or you can buy the Abby Lingvo dictionary, which is going to be useful on the long run.

As for the first lesson, there are a lot of YouTube videos that will help you practice your Cyrillic. After that you'll be going at a good rate. You won't be having any problems with Cyrillic by the time you reach the tenth lesson(out of 30).
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danmat2, June 28, 2006 (view all comments by danmat2)
Are there any additional exercises on-line that go with the chapters?
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Product Details

Brown, Nicholas J.
Penguin Books
Fennell, J.L. I.
London :
Textbooks for foreign speakers
Russian language
Russian language -- Grammar.
General Foreign Language Study
Foreign Languages-Russian
Edition Description:
Paperback / softback
Series Volume:
v. 9, no. 4
Publication Date:
Grade Level:
from 12
7.08x5.14x.91 in. .73 lbs.
Age Level:
from 18

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"Synopsis" by , A new edition of this definitive beginner's Russian course, which is widely used on university syllabuses throughout the country. *Previously appeared in March Buyer's Notes*

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