Based on real Russian course curricula, Novus Language can help anyone learn to speak Russian fluently.
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Russian is a very popular language with an estimated 144 million native speakers. Get well on your way to learning the basics with our fast Russian course!
This course is designed to prepare students for life in Russia by giving them the necessary basic skills in the language. We want you to leave here with the ability to face, without hesitation, any number of situations you will encounter in day·to-day life in those cities where you will live, work and visit. Some of the skills we will help you to acquire include the following:
1. The ability to ask simple questions pertaining to your daily practical needs 2. The ability to understand words in the answers to your questions. You will learn to use those key words in your own speech. 3. The ability to work with numbers (as used in prices, phone numbers, addresses, etc.) especially the larger numbers which are in use today: 1,000 and above.You will also be able to produce simple number combinations of your own (your address, your telephone number, etc.) 4. The ability to read and understand street signs, signs in the metro and other forms of transportation, in stores, hotels, etc. You will be able to read and decipher such things as concert/theater programs, menus, instructions for guests in hotels, rules for using public transport, hours of operation of various establishments, etc. 5. You will become familiar with the telephone and be able to handle many types of different calls. 6. The ability to introduce yourself, and others when necessary; to appropriately greet people and to distinguish between different levels of formality and informality in the language. You will be able to speak about yourself, your family, your interests and work and be able to ask your friends and colleagues the same. 7. Finally, you will become familiar with Russia, its geography, history, politics, art and literature.
The Russian course, and this textbook, have been designed to familiarize you with the Russian language and Russian culture in their broadest contexts. You should not expect to receive a formal presentation of the grammar and structure of the language. You will learn some grammar, but only that which it is necessary for you to know in order to perform a given task
There are simple grammar notes contained in each lesson. The course will emphasize more the development of good, oral skills and aural comprehension and less so the development of an ability to read and write in Russian. However, skills such as being able to read signs and to write down names, addresses and/or phone numbers will be essential for you to acquire. With the help of the book and your instructors, you will accomplish that.
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