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5th Edition

Colloquial Russian
The Complete Course For Beginners

  • Available for pre-order on February 15, 2023. Item will ship after March 8, 2023
ISBN 9781032417486
March 8, 2023 Forthcoming by Routledge
414 Pages 22 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

Colloquial Russian provides a step-by-step course in Russian as it is written and spoken today. Combining a user-friendly approach with a thorough treatment of the language, it equips learners with the essential skills needed to communicate confidently and effectively in Russian in a broad range of situations, requiring no prior knowledge of the language.

Features include:

  • progressive coverage of speaking, listening, reading and writing skills
  • structured, jargon-free explanations of grammar
  • an extensive range of focused and stimulating exercises
  • realistic and entertaining dialogues covering a broad variety of scenarios
  • useful vocabulary lists throughout the text
  • additional resources available at the back of the book, including a full answer key, a grammar summary and bilingual glossaries

This fifth edition offers modernised language reflecting social and cultural changes, new vocabulary that's essential for day-to-day interactions, and updated audio material.

Balanced, comprehensive and rewarding, Colloquial Russian will be an indispensable resource both for independent learners and students taking courses in Russian.

Audio material to accompany the course is available to download free in MP3 format from The audio material features the texts, dialogues and exercises from the book and will help develop your listening and pronunciation skills.

Table of Contents

Preface to the fifth edition


Introduction to the Russian language

1. Как вас зовут?

What’s your name?

2. Изучаем русский язык

We are studying Russian

    3. В гостинице

    At the hotel

      4. Типичный день

      A typical day

        5. Семья


        6. Идём в гости!

        Visiting friends

          7. Спорт


            8. Любимый отдых

            Favourite holidays

              9. Праздники


                10. Арбат


                  11. Как снять квартиру в Москве

                  How to rent a flat in Moscow

                    12. Российские СМИ

                    Russian mass media

                      13. За покупками!


                        14. Путешествия


                          15. Театр

                          The theatre

                            16. Здравоохранение

                            Health care

                              17. Петербург

                              St Petersburg

                                18. Равноправие

                                Equal rights

                                  19. Образование


                                    20. Cибирь


                                    Grammar summary

                                    Spelling rules · Gender · Declension tables · Verbs · Prepositions · Stress

                                    Key to the exercises

                                    English–Russian vocabulary

                                    Russian–English vocabulary

                                    Audio track listing

                                    Grammar index

                                    Russian index

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                                    Svetlana le Fleming has taught Russian at the University of Northumbria, UK.

                                    Susan E. Kay has taught Russian at the University of Northumbria, UK.

                                    Mikhail Vodopyanov is Associate Lecturer in Russian at the University of St Andrews, UK.