The hardest thing with Russian is not the alphabet, nor even the grammar, which is complicated but regular. The hardest thing in my opinion is the vocabulary. It is hard to learn new Russian words and hard to build a decent vocabulary. This book really helps. It lists alphabetically all the most useful Russian roots and shows how the root occurs in a number of different words. Five to ten sentences varying in difficulty illustrate how the same root occurs in different words. With practice it is possible to begin to guess the meaning of unfamiliar words. Moreover by connecting new words to a common root, I found it easier to learn the new words. For those who have already reached a fairly good level of Russian this book is really useful. It takes a good deal of patience to work through the examples, but I think it is worth it as the study of roots may well be the key to a good understanding of Russian. Try to get hold of this book if you can.
This book was meant for the advanced student of Russian to better utilize Russian's rich vocabulary by becoming familiar with roots, prefixes, and suffixes. Using these parts of words makes it much easier to understand words you may not be familiar with. Reading in Russian becomes easier when you know roots, prefixes, and suffixes. I used this book in more than one Russian class in college and I recommend it. It does it's job. It's not fancy and the layout could use some improvement (of course, I have the July 2000 spiral-bound edition), but it does the job.
This is an excellent help to expand vocabulary. I think it's well written - straight forward, easy to follow, and interesting. I wish I had found it sooner.
The spiral binding provides a text that stays open and flat, with the pages less likely to be marked or creased in the maelstrom of texts, notes, writing pad, dictionary, verbs tome, pens, keyboard, screen, earphones, that swirl about untidy students like me.
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