Russian Language Journal


Russian language learning, Cyrillic alphabet


Natalia Parker’s Russian in Plain English: A Very Basic Russian Starter for Complete Beginners is designed for beginning students and independent learners who are not familiar with the Cyrillic alphabet. The textbook’s primary aim is to help students develop skills in reading aloud in Russian with correct pronunciation. The textbook is divided into ten units. Each unit centers on particular letters and sounds rather than on a specific theme. Every unit includes an objective (with the title “What’s the Plan”), information on Russian letters and the sounds they denote, reading exercises, speaking activities that can be used individually or in groups, some basic grammar material, and cultural information. In addition, after every unit, there is a review chapter (“Something Old, Something New”) with questions, exercises, and group activities aimed to consolidate students’ learning.