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Behind the Wheel Russian Level 1 covers beginning to intermediate level Russian , providing a strong, yet flexible foundation for speaking, understanding, and creatively expressing yourself in standard Russian. The program features an English speaking instructor to guide you through the lessons and a native Russian speaker to aid with your pronunciation.
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Excellent!

I have listened to this about 4 or 5 times. And I can finally remember the most difficult words and phrases. I am extremely happy with my purchase!

It's very straightforward and you will be constructing your own sentences in no time. I also learned Spanish mainly using this method (with books to supplement). The speakers are ALWAYS native and speak at just the right pace. (for example with lingo jump parallel audio they speak too slowly and almost sound retarded in some languages like Russian and Portuguese).

I find the author/host, Mark Frobose, pleasing to listen to, unlike several other audio programmes that I've tried. Compare this with Russian pod 101 innovative language learning where the author sounds depressed and it feels unnaturally fake, scripted & forced.

It's way better than either Pimsleur or Michel Thomas too! Better vocab than the former, more useful than the latter. I can't imagine listening to another program more than once... stick with this program and you will get some results. The best value for money out there IMHO.

I would like to see a more advanced or intermediate version to follow up with...

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  • Richard
  • 13-11-2010

Semi Effective

I've been studying Russian for 5 years using primarily audio books. This book suffers from the same malady as all the others I have used to date - it does not explain the grammar behind the language at all. Words change between sentences and there is no explanation. This would be OK if there was sufficient repetition using the same words, but there is not. The book will build vocabulary a bit and provide some catch phrases, but you will not know Russian.

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