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A Guide to Russian Words and Expressions That Cause Difficulties

Studies in Slavic Languages & Literature S. No. 23

By (author) Allan Reid, Marina Rojavin
Format: Hardback
Publisher: The Edwin Mellen Press Ltd, New York, United States
Imprint: Edwin Mellen Press Ltd
Published: 31st Oct 2004
Dimensions: h 235mm
ISBN-10: 077346302X
ISBN-13: 9780773463028
Barcode No: 9780773463028
Synopsis
This book represents a qualitative step forward in the pedagogical process of teaching and learning a foreign language. The Russian language is full of pitfalls for English speakers. Marina Rojavin and Allan Reid's new study flags more than 500 of the most likely errors and shows how to avoid them. It provides English-speaking learners of Russian with a reference guide to those words which can easily cause difficulties and confusion and alerts students of Russian to potential mistakes that may be unintelligible or even embarrassing in Russian. This groundbreaking book is unique since it provides essential information in a completely new way, i.e. from the point of vocabulary semantics. Choice of vocabulary is a perennial stumbling block for the inexperienced language learner, a problem often overlooked in the classroom. The focus of the book is on problem words that are difficult to render both in Russian and in English and it highlights what one needs to know for everyday communication.

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"[This work] is, to my knowledge, the only learner's dictionary of its kind....a truly helpful auxiliary resource for beginning students of Russian and their instructors. And as a language instructor myself, let me add that I have not only found it pedagogically useful for my own presentation of a half-dozen topics in my second-year class this past semester; I can even admit to having learned a couple of things about word usage that had been hitherto unclear in my own 15+ years study and teaching of the language." - Dr. Nicole Monnier, University of Missouri-Columbia "The Russian language is full of pitfalls for English speakers. Marina Rojavin and Allan Reid's new study flags more than 500 of the most likely errors and shows how to avoid them. It provides English-speaking learners of Russian with a reference guide to those words which can easily cause difficulties and confusion and alerts students of Russian to potential mistakes that may be unintelligible or even embarrassing in Russian. This groundbreaking book is unique since it provides essential information in a completely new way, i.e. from the point of vocabulary semantics....Whether one is a translator, teacher, student, or a learner at any level, one will find that he or she communicates more effectively in Russian by using this valuable reference guide." - (From the Preface) Serafina Gettys, PhD, Stanford University "[This book] will be a godsend for students in their first few years of learning Russian, as well as for their teachers....This book is valuable because the authors have isolated a few hundred of the things that make Russian hard and provided creative, original, accurate, and well conceived explanations for them....This handbook is especially helpful in those cases where the speaker of Russian sees a more differentiated world than the speaker of English, an in order to learn how to speak Russian idiomatically, the English speaker must learn to distinguish among phenomena that seem identical.....In their treatment of these topics, Rojavin and Reid emphasize not theory but practice, providing examples from an array of situations that will seem realistic to the beginning student. Even a student who has read and assimilated a textbook analysis of these issues will benefit from another consideration of their use. In short, I heartily recommend this book to a wide range of students of Russian." - Gabriella Safran, Stanford University"