10 Best Language, Linguistics & Writing in Russian

List Updated May 2020

Bestselling Language, Linguistics & Writing in Russian in 2020


The New Penguin Russian Course: A Complete Course for Beginners (Penguin Handbooks)

The New Penguin Russian Course: A Complete Course for Beginners (Penguin Handbooks)
BESTSELLER NO. 1 in 2020
  • Penguin Books

Dark Alliance: Movie Tie-In Edition: The CIA, the Contras, and the Cocaine Explosion

Dark Alliance: Movie Tie-In Edition: The CIA, the Contras, and the Cocaine Explosion
BESTSELLER NO. 2 in 2020
  • Seven Stories Press

The Russian Word's Worth: A Humorous and Informative Guide to Russian Language Culture and Translation (New Russian Writing)

The Russian Word's Worth: A Humorous and Informative Guide to Russian Language Culture and Translation (New Russian Writing)
BESTSELLER NO. 3 in 2020
  • The Russian Word s Worth A Humorous and Informative Guide to Russian Language Culture and Translation

V Puti: Russian Grammar in Context, 2nd Edition

V Puti: Russian Grammar in Context, 2nd Edition
BESTSELLER NO. 4 in 2020

Manual De Conversacion Ruso-Español «Español con gusto». ??????-????????? ??????????? «????????? ? ?????????????» (Español con gusto nº 1) (Spanish Edition)

Manual De Conversacion Ruso-Español «Español con gusto». ??????-????????? ??????????? «????????? ? ?????????????» (Español con gusto nº 1) (Spanish Edition)
BESTSELLER NO. 5 in 2020

Copular Sentences in Russian: A Theory of Intra-Clausal Relations (Studies in Natural Language and Linguistic Theory)

Copular Sentences in Russian: A Theory of Intra-Clausal Relations (Studies in Natural Language and Linguistic Theory)
BESTSELLER NO. 6 in 2020
  • Used Book in Good Condition

Dispara, yo ya estoy muerto (Spanish Edition)

Dispara, yo ya estoy muerto (Spanish Edition)
BESTSELLER NO. 7 in 2020

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??????? ??? ?????????: Russian/French edition (??????? ??????? t. 1)
BESTSELLER NO. 8 in 2020

?????? ?????????? (Russian Edition)

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BESTSELLER NO. 9 in 2020

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????????? ? ?????: Russian/French edition (????? t. 4)
BESTSELLER NO. 10 in 2020

Guide to Grammar in 'Japanese for Busy People'

Whatever textbook you're using, hiragana should be the first of three writing systems you want to master.

At the back of the book, "Japanese for Busy People," there should be a chart. I would enlarge and photocopy to make simple flashcards.

Online you can visit Quizlet to quiz yourself. You can also use RealKana.com. I suggest learning one row at a time and maybe two or three the first week. The next week, try three rows. By week three, try to learn rows up to ma through mo. Then in the fourth week, finish off your list.

Once you've done that pay attention to what happens when you put two dots in the upper right side of the kana. In the case of ka through ko, the kana becomes ga through go. Similar things happen when you use ten-ten (dot-dot) for sa through za, ta through do and ha through ho. For the ha through ho row, notice you can also add a small circle to the upper right part and you get a "p" sound.

To practice, try using a puzzle like the one below. When I was teaching class, I would divide the students into two groups and one by one, students would be matched against each other to find the words I said on the board. Remember that traditionally, Japanese is read up to down from right to left. A macron represents a long vowel.

Find the following words: aoi, akai, aki, ika, eki, ue, kaki, kao, Keiko, kiku, koe, kūki, ōkī

えかおかあ
あおおいお
きけきうい
くいいえか
うこいきき
きこかくあ

Now try this one: Akasaka, aoi, asa, ashi, eki, kagi, kaku, kaze, Keiko, kiku, koe, koshi, kūki, ōkī, sake, shio, shiso, sushi, zō

しこきいかそおいあ

すしさこぎきあこか

しえけえおくおかさ

かきぞくおあいぜか

くあううきさししけ

Now take the two lists of words and try to put them in the order that they would come in Japanese.

Before we go on to the first chapter of "Japanese for Busy People," lets look at the page of useful daily expressions. There are a few things that you should note. Watch to see when some of the letters are either 1/2 or a third smaller than the other letters. This means the two kana are combined and only given one beat such as じゃ(ja) or ちょ(cho). In the case of a small "tsu" this means there's a double consonant as in いってらっしゃい(itterasshai) or ちょっと(chotto). Listen carefully to your CD and you'll hear a glottal stop.

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