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Russian language: no more bullshit
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RE: Russian language: no more bullshit
(04-01-2016 06:30 PM)Kissinger2014 Wrote:  I found it to be dealing with phrases and words that were beyond my level. This book is not for the beginner or even intermediate level student. I would suggest it only for advanced level guys trying to reach close to native fluency. I've put it on my bookshelf, and see myself picking it up again in maybe a year or two.

Interesting topic to discuss.

It certainly is not a book to have as your main go to textbook as a beginner. However I do believe that even a beginner can and even should be grabbing a few phrases and verbs from the book to spice up the learning process and interactions with native speakers. I do not understand what you mean by 'words were beyond my level'. It is no harder to learn the word hello or indiscriminate. You just use one more than the other.

This is just my take, hear me out...It is my conviction that you can learn any phrase at any point in the language learning process. It is not at all linear. So for example as an intermediate learner myself I know phrases such as 'smashed to smithereens' or 'extenuating circumstances' but do not know certain words that would be classed as beginner words such as certain every day household items like comb or kettle for example. Now when I came across the phrase extenuating circumstances a few years ago in an sms from a friend should I have deliberately not learnt it because I did not yet know the word for comb? Do you see my point. There is nothing stopping a absolute beginner learning words such as 'Zanuda - Bore' or 'Rasslabsya - Chill out' ( no Russian keyboard on my computer ) for example. In fact those words are better than comb or kettle because they express thoughts and ideas that build connections. I can mimic boiling a kettle, it's very hard to mimic me calling someone a 'zanuda' when they say they don't want to drink alcohol.

The road to competency is of course a wholly individual journey where you develop a system that you feel works for you personally. However I would not be so quick to put a book containing good information on the shelf for a couple of years.

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04-07-2016 02:02 PM
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Russian language: no more bullshit - Roosh - 04-14-2013, 06:51 PM
RE: Russian language: no more bullshit - PeruLover12 - 04-07-2016 02:02 PM

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