A Guide to Russian Words and Expressions That Cause Difficulties (Studies in Slavic Languages & Literature S. No. 23)
By: Allan Reid (author), Marina Rojavin (author)Hardback
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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.
Marina Rojavin received her PhD in Linguistics at the A. Potebnia Institute for Linguistics, National Academy of Sciences, Ukraine. She has published articles on linguistics and eighteenth- and nineteenth-century Russian literary and cultural history. Dr. Rojavin currently teaches Russian at Temple University. Allan Reid received his PhD in Russian literature from the University of Alberta. He is currently Professor and Chair of the Department of Culture and Language Studies at the University of New Brunswick in Canada where he teaches Russian Language, Literature and Culture, as well as World Literature. Dr. Reid has published in a number of areas including literary theory (e.g. Bakhtin and Lotman), and 20th-century Russian literature (e.g. Babel, Bulgakov, Aksenov, Gorbanevskaia).
About the Book * Preface * Acknowledgements * How to Use the Book * Symbols, Abbreviations, and Terminology * English-Russian Glossary * Russian Word Index * Entries * Bibliography
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