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30 Russian Short Stories for Complete Beginners

One of the smartest ways to improve fluency is to listen to stories in your chosen language. Finding appropriate literature can be tough when you’re just starting out, but this collection of 30 short stories is a fun and entertaining way of learning Russian vocabulary and grammar. Each story is a very quick listen without overwhelming you. Crafted for beginners, this is ideal for newcomers who are trying to approach fluency in a natural way.

Rapidly Learn New Vocabulary 

These stories will help you learn how Russian is commonly spoken and conveyed with natural dialogues and expressions.

Grasp the Grammar

Each story has a mixture of simple dialogue, descriptive sentences, and everything in-between. This allows you to pick up how sentences are commonly written/spoken along with how to describe scenery, items, and people, giving you an overall and detailed way of understanding the language.

Reading and Listening Skills

Each story is short, giving you an engaging yet simple story that you can quickly listen to. You can follow along and understand how each word is said and how the sentences should be read. This is narrated by a native Russian speaker, ensuring every inflection is correct.

With this audiobook, you will get a PDF to help you read along and see the written vocabulary.

If you want to improve your fluency as quickly and naturally as possible, then this audiobook is ideal. Not only that, but each story is interesting, and you can listen to them in a matter of minutes.

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying PDF will be available in your Audible Library along with the audio.

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useful, but it could have been better

This is a useful resource to improve your Russian, but it could have been much better.
In summary, the pros are: 
-A collection of texts with a lot of useful vocabulary, divided up in easily-digestible chunks a few minute long. 
-Recordings for all the texts by a Russian native speaker with a pleasant voice.
-Fairly low price.
Cons:
-Texts are not specific to Russia and are a little dull.
-No accent marks in the Russian text.

Here is a more detailed review. This book is part of a series of language book with the title: '30 stories in language X for beginners'. As far as I can tell they are based on the very same 30 "stories", which have been translated into various languages.These are not self-contained stories with a proper beginning and a conclusion, such as fairy tales or short novels. Rather, they are short texts or chapters.Out the 30 chapters, 20 are about are about an English family and their day-to-day activities: going to work, doing the washing up, going on a trip to Disneyland, walking the dog. The remaining 10 chapters deal with a miscellanea of topics related to day-to-day life (2 cooking recipes, a description of Chester, texts on the role of smartphones and of the Internet in modern society, a chapter on how to choose a holiday destination...). Each chapter is about three minute long, for a total running time of about one hour and a half. The vocabulary introduced is good and useful, but the texts are a little dull: don't expect cliffangers, big adventures or a lot of humour. Also, the stories have absolutely nothing to do with Russia, so you won't learn anything about Russian traditions, culture, proverbs, idioms and so on. What we are dealing with is, pretty much, a translation into Russian of an intermediate-level English primer. If you are looking for something more entertaining and specific to Russia I'd rather recommend the 'Rasskaz' series by Ignaty Dyakov.
Another qualm is that the Russian texts in the PDF do not have accent marks, which are indispensable to beginners if they want to learn the correct pronunciation of words; having the audio is obviously useful, but it does not make up for the missing stress marks.
In fact, in a Russian book for learners I'd like to see all sorts of information concerning words with pronunciation peculiarities (e.g., words such as энергия or теннис, which are pronounced as if they were spelled энэргия and тэннис).
As stated in its title this book has 30 chapters, however the audio version has more than 90 sections. This is because the whole book is presented three times: in the first run there it alternates a few sentences in Russian, then the same sentences in English, and so on. Personally I don't like this format, I found it very boring to have to listen to each sentence twice and I prefer having all the Russian in one go.Then there are Russian-only recordings, and after that the English-only ones. I did not realise this structure at first, as it is explained in the last-but-one chapter, not in the first one as it should!
In general, the book seems to have been put together without too much attention to details. For example, the introduction to the book is very probably the very same for all languages in the series, and in a few instances they even forgot to change the name of the language treated in the book. For example, they wrote: "To be able to speak English well, you need to expose your ears to a lot of spoken Russian." Similarly, the audio recording explaining the structure of the book has passages of the type: "thank you for buying this book for learning RUSSIAN", with the word RUSSIAN being obviously copy-pasted into a canvas; i.e., they didn't even want to write or record separate introductions for each language. 
The sound quality of the audio also could be better. It's definitely sufficient, but it not as good as I'd expect from a professional product. The recordings are at 22kHz, adequate for voice recordings but not quite crystal clear and it does not add to the overall quality of the product.
Finally, I have to comment on the difficulty level. The book is advertised as "for complete beginners with little to no previous experience in learning Russian" but this is simply ridiculous. A complete beginner would need to make a herculean effort to go through this book. My level is upper-intermediate and this booklet is about right for me, I understood almost all of it on the first listen but in each chapter there are still about 10-15 words which I don't know or I'm not sure about. I think a true beginner would be completely lost: you need at the very least an A2 or, better, B1 or B2 level to profit from this book. 

Curiously, the English used in the translations and voice recordings is sometimes a little off, as if the text had been translated by a (competent) non-native speaker. The speaker is a woman with a rather posh English accent which sounds native, but she too sometimes sounds a little strange. As I'm interested in the Russian, however, this really does not matter.

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No vocabulary

Going through a dictionary to find the meaning of words would be too time consuming otherwise the stories are really very good for an intermediate student. This book is not for beginners .Other stories in some books have a vocabulary. which I think is essential.

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Amazing guide for everyone

The short stories are funny and the vocabulary level is perfect for an intermediate speaker. Its highly recommend for beginners or intermediate level.

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  • 30-04-19

Nice book.

The idea of the book is fantastic, the selection of stories is good, the quality of the articles about the writers is excellent.
The Russian text has to be fixed

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  • Linda Cruzz
  • 30-04-19

Great stories.

The stories are great for building vocabulary and improving reading ability, but the stories are fairy tales. Personally, I would prefer to build vocabulary, improving reading ability while learning more about Russia--geography, culture, etc.

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  • Davis
  • 30-04-19

It is a goal.

The book starts with an excellent explanation of how to approach reading it. Definitely worthwhile and being able to someday read it is a goal.

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  • Robert.
  • 30-04-19

This book is exactly what I was looking.

This book is exactly what I was looking for: Stories that are reasonably easy to follow but a bit challenging, broken up into short sections just right for bedtime reading, and entertaining enough to keep me interested.

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  • Aileen Gleason
  • 02-08-21

Got me back into Russian

I love this book. It did what I couldn't do on my own; it got me back into studying Russian after a long dry spell.

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  • Roxanne Feil
  • 02-08-21

Great for Keeping My Russian Sharp

I studied Russian while in school, and now that I've graduated it's been difficult to keep at it. This audio book and pdf are great for refreshing my Russian! In school, I reach advanced low, so I understand most of the stories the first time through. But there is plenty of useful vocab that is new to me. The vocab is very good and practical. Each story uses different everyday phrases that are perfect for non-textbook Russian.

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  • Lemuel Bode DDS
  • 02-08-21

Wonderful book for beginners

I really enjoyed how they set up the book:
- read a story in native Russian
- read a summary with translations
- read important vocab with translations

Even as an advanced speaker, there were new words and grammar principles I was able to learn going through this book.

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  • Ms. Bettye Kulas Sr.
  • 02-08-21

Perfect learning tool for beginners

The audio book is great for beginners. This is the perfect way for me to listen to a native speaker talk and work out all the nuances of Russian in my head. You will be surprised with the progress you have made by the end of this book.

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  • Brandy Farrell
  • 02-08-21

Great Product! Very Helpful

This book really helped me grasp the Russian language. With this book it was easy to understand the content , the speed was right, it was easy to follow along. Reading the book while listening to the audiobook was very helpful.

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  • Mable Conroy III
  • 02-08-21

Accessible way to learn Russian

There is a very helpful PDF to follow along with that includes vocabulary, and makes it really easy to go over what I didn't understand and then practice again. I loved that I could listen to the stories because that way I knew the correct pronunciation and tone to use.