5th Edition

Colloquial Russian The Complete Course For Beginners

    412 Pages 22 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    412 Pages 22 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    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 for both independent learners and students taking courses in Russian.

    Audio material to accompany the course is available to download for free in MP3 format from www.routledge.com/cw/colloquials. The audio material features the texts, dialogues and exercises from the book and will help develop listening and pronunciation skills.

    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


                                      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.