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Russian in Use

Takes an interactive approach, with lessons organized thematically (geography, education, etc.). It entails a rigorous focus on building vocabulary (200 or so words per chapter) and the exercises (in the book itself, versus online, as in the first book) are well-focused to get the most out of the glossed readings and the video listening comprehension lectures on the enclosed CD.

For a student who has completed two or more years of college study, this books would be an excellent tool for selfguided study, to a point. Certainly a student can work through the readings and audio/video pieces independently, but to get the most out of the exercises, be they online or in the book, one would likely need a teacher or native language tutor.

— Paul E. Richardson

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Reviewed in Russian Life: May/June 2008