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Basic Russian

A Grammar and Workbook, 2nd Edition

By Sarah Smyth, John Murray


368 pages

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Designed for students with a basic knowledge of Russian, this book provides an accessible reference grammar and related exercises in a single volume.

Across more than forty grammar topics it introduces the student to Russian people and culture through the medium of the language used today, covering the core material which the student would expect to encounter in their first year of learning Russian.

Complete with a full key to exercises and glossary, Basic Russian is a user-friendly reference grammar suitable for both independent study and class use.


'I very much like the arrangement of the units by functions, which is a real innovation in this type of textbook and gets away from the hackneyed arrangement by parts of speech … I hope to see a second edition in the future.' - Rusistika

'Basic Russian has some original exercises, which teachers might usefully incorporate into their teaching programmes.' - M.A. Felstead, Sherborne School for Girls

Table of Contents

Introduction Acknowledgements Sources Talking about People and Things Saying Who Does or Did what Describing People and Objects Responding to Others and the World Around You Saying how Many Making Plans Revision unit Appendices Glossary of Technical Terms Glossary of Proper Names Vocabulary

About the Authors

John Murray teaches Russian language, cultural studies, area studies, translation, comparative Slavonic linguistics, historical linguistics and Russian print media at Trinity College Dublin. He was head of department between 2007-2009.

Sarah Smyth is also at Trinity Colllege Dublin where she is Senior Lecturer and Head of School.

About the Series

Grammar Workbooks

These titles combine explanation with exercise work. The Basic Grammar Workbooks are for learners starting at elementary level. Intermediate Grammar Workbooks follow on from these and are for learners who have achieved basic proficiency and wish to progress to more complex language. Each combines clear, concise grammar explanations with communicatively oriented exercises to help build confidence and fluency.
Suitable for independent learners and students on taught courses, the Basic and Intermediate volumes together form a structured course of the essentials of each language's grammar.

All Grammar Workbooks are available as inspection copies.

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