Teach Yourself Beginner's Russian Script
by Daphne West
Release Date: 06 June, 2003
I had a basic grasp of the Cyrillic alphabet already having used free online Russian language resources and thought that this book would clear up some of its peculiarities. It did not. The pronunciations of the Cyrillic x or that "shsh" character are not explained completely, and the alternative pronunciations of some characters are not mentioned at all. The basics of the Cyrillic alphabet are taught in excessive detail, while missing are some of the important inconsistencies common in Russian words.
"Teach Yourself Beginner's Russian" provides a much more concise and yet more detailed overview of the Cyrillic alphabet. Combined with sufficient Russian text which can be easily found online (I used the flight manual of a Russian MiG-29 "Fulcrum" fighter aircraft), the Cyrillic alphabet is not difficult to learn.
This is a good book, but it's likely that you'll find all the information you'll need on learning printed and handwritten cyrillic in any comprehensive text, like the New Penguin Russian Course.
I suppose since it does what it's supposed to do pretty well I should give it four stars, but the book is rather small, not all that cheap, and frankly I expected more. Maybe I expected more because the Teach Yourself series Russian Grammar book is so much better.
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