We've all travelled abroad with the best of intentions when it comes to speaking the language, only to falter when it comes to the crunch. This quick and constructive course gives you the Russian you need to talk to the locals ?? and crucially, the confidence to put it into practice.
As well as providing essential vocabulary and phrases, the course also aims to improve your understanding of spoken Russian, so that you can feel sure of yourself in two-way conversations.
Based on the ten situations you are most likely to find yourself in while travelling abroad, the course builds your knowledge and understanding gradually, and is suitable for complete beginners.
A booklet is included, with the dialogues and their English translations. A glossary of the words and phrases used also provides you with a handy phrasebook while you travel.
By the end of this course, you will be at Level A2 of the Common European Framework for Languages: Can understand sentences and frequently used expressions. Can communicate in simple and routine tasks.
©2005 Rachel Farmer; (P)2005 Hodder Headline Ltd.
"Very good but too much filler"
Having used many language audio tapes over the years in order to suppliment my study, I have noticed a tendency for the narrators to include a heck of a lot of irrelevant, spurious and extraneous verbiage which doesn't directly relate to the matter in hand, i.e. improving knowledge/fluency of the language and increasing vocabulary. This course is no exception.
Two examples immediately spring to mind: in the first 30 minutes the word dasvedanya (goodbye) is repeated forty or fifty times - this is totally unnecessary because most people know what this word means even if they have never studied Russian. It became quite irritating. Also, the narrator kept reminding us that the speaker was going to say something in Russian; totally spurious because this is after all a Russian tutorial ! What on earth was she thinking of ?
One other gripe; jingles - they get very irritating after a while and don't add value, especially if you plan on listening to the tape more than once. Once of the nicest aspects of Michel Thomas's audio courses is that there are no jingles and no filler which means you can listen to them over and over again. Other producers of audio language books should take note and follow suit.
Apart from the above gripes, an enjoyable course with no irritating background music.
The speaker's voice was pleasant to listen to.
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