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Author: Derek Offord
ISBN13: 978-0521451307
Title: Using Russian: A Guide to Contemporary Usage
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Publisher: Cambridge University Press (November 28, 1996)
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Using Russian: A Guide to Contemporary Usage by Derek Offord



Unlike conventional grammars, it gives special attention to those areas of vocabulary and grammar which cause most difficulty to English speakers, and focuses on questions of style and register which are all too often ignored. Clear, readable and easy to consult, it will prove invaluable to students seeking to improve their fluency and confidence in Russian.

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I used this book to improve my Russian when I was in Peace Corps. Along with Katzner's dictionary and a few other must-haves from Slavica, any intermediate or advanced student of Russian can find much to learn here. The book's drawback is its failure to use Jackobsonian morphology (aka the one-stem verb system) to analyze Russian inflectional processes. Nonetheless, there's a lot to learn here.

It isn't merely educational but makes an entertaining read at any time. His grammar is up to date and while you use this book, you'll be able to progressively decipher your Russian friends' conversations instead of merely nodding your head.

The Cambridge guide to English usage. Cambridge, UK: Cam-bridge University Press Gesture: Visible Action as Utterance. The Cambridge guide to English usage. Cambridge, UK: Cam-bridge University Press. American learners of Russian shifted from the adjectival to the verbal pattern in Russian and thus began approximating the usage of native speakers of Russian.

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This is a guide to Russian usage for those who have already acquired the basics of the language and wish to extend their knowledge. Unlike conventional grammars, it gives special attention to those areas of vocabulary and grammar which cause most difficulty to English speakers, and focuses on questions of style and register which are all too often ignored. Clear, readable, and easy to consult, it will prove invaluable to those seeking to improve their fluency and confidence in Russian.
Reviews: 7
Hellmaster
As a speaker of several languages I tend to collect these sort of grammar text books. I have textbooks of Russian written in German for example - and very good they are given that for a substantial part of the German population it had been a compulsory language and a whole host of quality text were published to that end. However, in the couple of decades I have been studying languages this is still about as good a reference guide to the secret intricacies of any one language I have yet to come across, although books similar to this do exist for other languages.

All sorts of secrets are unveiled here but to give just one example I would mention the highly useful list of different forms of a person's first name - not just the usual informal but also a whole host of forms such as the hypocoristic informal - even the vocative forms appears in a table. It became clear to me why someone was calling out to catch her friend's attention saying 'Tan!' (the vocative form of the formal 'Tatiana') rather than the usual informal 'Tania'. Tania it turned out had majored at university in Slavonic languages and when I pointed out my new found discovery of a vocative case (the lost seventh case that exists in remnant form only in select instances) in Russian, even she was surprised. This is so typical of this insightful book which is crammed full of linguistic insider tips of a sort that have a grammatical basis but extend into the very heart and core of Russian culture and socio-linguistic etiquette. In short - these are all the sort of things that make learning a language so much fun and such a wonderful lifetime's adventure.

While I agree that even though a good basic grammar text with tables of cases endings, conjugations and so on will still be necessary along with a good dictionary, I nonetheless think anyone who has read this book would wholeheartedly agree that this is a textbook that you unconditionally MUST have if you are seriously considering learning Russian. I strongly recommend it even to absolute beginners in Russian as well as to the most advanced of learners. This book is a lifetime's investment for learners of Russian as a second language, so you might as well get it right at the beginning because it will serve you for a lifetime.

A classic and indispenable textbook. Don't hesitate - just buy it!
Adrielmeena
While not as comprehensive as Terence Wade's grammar, the hallmark of this book is its data-driven, pragmatic approach. I used this book to improve my Russian when I was in Peace Corps. Along with Katzner's dictionary and a few other must-haves from Slavica, any intermediate or advanced student of Russian can find much to learn here. The book's drawback is its failure to use Jackobsonian morphology (aka the one-stem verb system) to analyze Russian inflectional processes. Nonetheless, there's a lot to learn here. The chapters on register and polysemous words, while they could be books by themselves, are particularly unique.
Small Black
Mavegar
Mr. Offord has done an amazing thing by developing this book. I'm not exaggerating when I say it has clarified the language and helped me speak it more than did living for months in Russia -- or maybe the combination of the two was the trick. I can't wait to see what he's added for the 2nd edition.

The book -- and the others in the series (German, French, etc) -- will appeal especially to those who enjoy learning language using a formal approach, organizing topics into e.g. registers, augmentative suffixes, homographs, modal particles, etc. Don't be afraid! It all adds wonderful clarity. His English equivalents of words and phrases with subtle meanings are very well done.

After having studied it, I still enjoy picking it up and looking through a random section. Don't hesitate to get it if you enjoy Russian and are past the basics.
Vozuru
It is hard to praise more this book after reading here the previous reviews so I can only say that this is the equivalent of the Bible for russian language. It is a non-conventional and very interesting textbook that includes idioms , neologisms , anecdotes , poems, jokes, etc. it is a must buy even for beginners, like it is my case.
I recommend you buy the second edition because it has been updated and revised completely. My congratulations and thanks to the authors.
Taur
This is an excellent book, and quite advanced. Since I am still an "intermediate student", I have gotten into the habit of opening the book up to any page randomly, and when I begin to feel "information overload", I set it aside. Since I am 71 years of age, I probably will need the remainder of my bright active years to complete this book, understanding everything inside of it. And so the high price is worth it.
Breder
Best comprehensive book on the Russian language for learner's with a solid foundation. I come back to this repeatedly for reference on the Russian language.
Received the package ahead of schedule and the book was packed very well to assure no damage came to it.