a self-study guide that helps you come prepared to Russian class

step-by-step examples

To show you how to get from an English structure to the equivalent Russian structure.

All the essentials

Straightforward lessons that focus more on the rules than the exceptions. Covers the grammar taught in beginning college courses.

Study Tips

Tips to help you learn Russian vocabulary and word forms, and to remember them.

one point per chapter

In each bite-sized lesson, author Edwina J. Cruise explains one grammar concept and illustrates it with English and Russian examples.

Explained in English

To help you learn the grammar from the point of view of a language you already speak.

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Learn The Grammar Terms Your Textbook Assumes You Know

Parts Of Speech

Learn how to identify English and Russian nouns, verbs, adjectives, prepositions so you can choose the correct equivalent to an English word. 


Functions Of Words

Learn how to identify English and Russian subjects, direct and indirect object so you can choose the correct equivalent to an English word.

English and Russian Grammatical Terms

Learn of conjugation, gender, number, agreement so you’ll understand these terms that play an important role in Russian.

Step-By-Step Analysis Of Examples

Learn how to get from an English structure to an equivalent Russian structure. Our examples will take you every step of the way. 

Book Reviews

Slavic and East European Journal
“Cruise’s book is one of the most welcome new publications to reach our field. It services its intended purpose and is appreciated by students. The clear format and typesetting enhance its content.”
Amazon Review
“This is one of the most useful books for the teaching and studying of elementary Russian language. So many students today have no grounding in English grammar and, because Russian is an inflected language (noun cases, little word order), it is crucial that the terms of grammar and the patterns of English be understood before and while a student learns the declensions and grammatical necessities of Russian. Great book!”
Amazon Review
“This book helps you understand Russian grammar by first explaining how the same concepts work in English grammar. It's written in a very easy, basic way. Not overly technical. I'm so glad I got this book! I'd still be stuck without it.”

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