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Survival Russian

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Survival Russian is an intensely practical guide to conversational, colloquial and culture-rich Russian. It uses humor, current events and thematically-driven essays to deepen readers’ understanding of Russian language and culture.
This enlarged Second Edition of Survival Russian includes over 90 essays and illuminates over 2000 invaluable Russian phrases and words.
  • Each essay is written with the beginning to intermediate language learner in mind
  • All Russian words are accented and defined in context
  • All words and phrases used in the book are indexed
  • All essays are grouped by theme and indexed by subject
  • A thematic Study Guide helps students review and learn words subject-by-subject
Essays are grouped into 17 chapters: Compliments and Insults • Fathers and Sons • Out and About • Euphemisms and Expletives • Russlish and Beyond • War and Competition • Weather and Seasons • Power and Glory • Flora and Fauna • Moscow and St. Petersburg • Life and Death • Women and Men • Figures and Measures • Music and Art • Food and Drink • Etiquette and Deceptions • Linguistics and Ephemera
"I read Survival Russian from cover to cover; willingly putting it down only for vitally and/or professionally necessary distractions... Every column I read provided me with valuable and/or amusing new phrases or insights."— Lydia Razran Stone, SlavFile (Fall 2007, publication of the Slavic Language Division of the American Translators Association)
About the Author: Mikhail Ivanov is a journalist, translator and editor. As editor of Russian Life magazine from 1995 to 2003, he originated the magazine’s popular Survival Russian column and continues to write it to this day. He has worked as a translator for Fortune-100 businesses and top-ranking Russian government officials, and presently edits a leading Russian tennis magazine. [83 of the 95 essays in this volume were written by Mikhail Ivanov; the remainder were written by guest columnists.]

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  1. Good to know 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 3rd Nov 2015

    This is a handy book to have for mew Russian learners.

  2. Faith and Humor 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 30th Nov 2014

    Faith and Humor

  3. Russian Idioms Rule in Survival Russian! 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 20th Jul 2014

    Very useful for learning Russian idioms that one could not acquire from any other source. Very authentic.

  4. Survival Russian Second Edition 4 Star Review

    Posted by on 21st Nov 2007

    Not having been to Russia for too many years, I'm not sure how many of the wonderful quirky expressions in this entertaining book are still in common use. But who cares - amusement, information and cultural insights leap out of every page. Read it and you will certainly know "where the dog is buried...."

  5. If you are serious about studying Russian, you need this book! 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 21st Nov 2007

    This isn't a grammar or vocabulary book. But do use this in addition to your textbooks and dictionaries. Russian itself is already a maddeningly difficult enough language, what with the enormous vocabulary, complex grammar, 6 nerve-wracking cases,endless seemingly-senseless rules, even more broken rules, exceptions, and general crazy irregularities. Add to that theinfinite number of cultural bits and pieces that enrich this gorgeous language to the point of over saturation, and you've got a beautiful, but complicatedmaze.Survival Russian is essential for explaining many of theidioms, sayings and other perplexities thatare embedded in everyday Russian speech. History, film, literature, economics, politics, folklore, fairy tales, and really every part of life have all contributed to this overflowingtreasure chest that isRussian language. This book will help you unravel parts of the maze and help you to not look like an idiot with that glazed-eye look of confusion when you are confronted with yet another saying that makes everyone, except YOU, laugh or nod in conspiratorial understanding.I am so glad these essays were put into one collection. I've read this once but will not part with this book until I've memorised every bit of it. And every page is really crammed full of information. The book is small enough that you can carry it aboutif you need to.The little study guide in the back is very nice. It is simply a sort of index, by chapter, with the phrases and spaces for you to write your translations, after you've read the corresponding material, and it's set up in vertical columns so you can either cover up the Russian or the English and quiz yourself. It is well worth the price and a very good investment.May God bless Mikhail Ivanov!

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