Thank you for this, I have been learning here on busuu for about three wekks, as well as using Rosetta Stone on a rare occasion, BUT the GRAMMAR is KILLIN' it for me. I like what another person posted about having to think Russian. I've come to realize how both straightforward and yet very very complex English is.The two languages are so incompatible, however, I kind of like that because it gives me a sense of truely learning a new language. I just need to get over this grammar hump. I will have to check out those books.
I also use Penguin's Russian Course. I think highly of this book and it is probably my most used book.
I have the Terence Wade - Comprehensive Russian Grammar as well as the Schaum's Outline Russian Grammar.
For reading practice, I recommend Beginners Russian Reader, by Lila Pargment. This book is old, published in the late 1970s. You can often still find it used on eBay or Amazon.com. It was written during Soviet times and it reflects that, but the practice is great and comes with a complete dictionary of the words used in the book. The short stories - some fictional, some true - are just fascinating.
Rosetta Stone - very expensive but I personally have had great success with it. The method they use to teach grammar is questionable. But for sheer learning of new vocabulary - and lots of it - it is unbeatable. The memorization method is so much more efficient that trying to memorize lists of words from lessons in a book.
I also have a world atlas in Russian. This has been surprisingly useful (and fun to look through)
I have scads of other books, but the ones I come back to most often are Penguin's Russian and the English-Russian dictionary by Kenneth Katzner. This dictionary is for American English, not British like most other Russian-English dictionaries.
Thank you Bob for such a detailed review.
I downloaded "The New Pinguin Russian Course for Beginners" by Nicholas Brown and took a short look at it. It looks like a self-teaching guide (not just a grammar book) with nice exercises and explanations. I guess I will find a lot of useful things for myself there :)
May I ask you if you use any online Russian-English dictionary? As for me, I can recommend ABBYY Lingvo Online Dictionary:
I use it quite a lot for my German studies as well. Besides English- and German-, there are Spanish-, Italian-, and French-Russian dictionaries, too.
Yes you found the right Penguin book. I think it is one of the best. As for an online dictionary, I generally do not use them. I didnt even know about the one you posted. I often study without a computer near so I've just become used to using a book bound dictionary.
Olya, thanks for the reference!
For dictionary I write my own flascards, one side in russian and the other side in german, and I use livemochas flashcards too. These are combined, like here in busuu, with picture and it makes more fun to memorize.
For grammar I use an old book, unfortunately it is russian for hungarians, but there are useful exercises in it. Unfortunately I do not know, if I made them grammarically right or with mistakes. Sometimes I let correct them from busuu or friends in skype.
I am looking for very easy reading stories. In the public library I found short stories for beginners bilingual: one side in russian and on the other side the translation in german. But they are a bit too hard for me, I even do not understand anything. I need more easy ones.
Thank you, Doris :)
Have you tried these Russian tales (with video)?:
They are quite simple and have German translations.
Thank you, Olga, I downloaded this site. I shall choose one tale for the weekend.
My pleasure :)
Все извините меня но мне не понравился это тема. Я просто не понимаю почему все написали по-английски, это русская группа а нам надо употревлять настоящий язык.
Конечно он очень трудный а много не смогум писать совершено но мы занимаемся русским. Много книг и учебников есть чтобы помощь но я думаю что если мы ли не провобали его то будет бесполезно много часов на аудитории или против компьютера.
Что вы думаете? Что случилось если я не знаю английский? а правда!!! его плохо знаю!!!
Не вояйся писать по-русски! ествественно у меня тоже много ошибок на этом тексте но я знаю что наша подруга Ольга или кто-нибудь поможет нам.