Beginning Learner’s Russian Dictionary

Beginning Learner’s Russian Dictionary

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148 pages





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  • 1,000 essential words for beginning learners of Russian, including those appearing on the elementary-level TORFL test
  • Verb conjugation and noun declension tables
  • Example sentences with translations
  • Language notes

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The Beginning Learner’s Russian Dictionary is designed for beginning learners of the Russian language, including those who are going to take the Test of Russian as a Foreign Language (TORFL) at the elementary (A1) level.

The dictionary is based on the official Lexical Minimum for the standardized test, which was developed by the Russian Ministry of Education and Science and includes 780 items that learners are expected to know at the A1 level. To these, the names of countries, common Russian personal names, and grammatical terms have been added, bringing the total number of headwords in the dictionary to just over 1,000. Whether or not you plan to take the TORFL test, this selection of vocabulary will provide a solid base upon which to build your competency in Russian.

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This dictionary offers many advantages for beginning learners over other Russian-English dictionaries. It offers a reader-friendly, uncluttered layout. Only senses appropriate to the A1 level appear in the entries. Grammatical information is presented clearly in tables along with invaluable usage notes. Example sentences contain only A1-level vocabulary. Beginning learners may find other dictionaries overwhelming, as entries contain multiple senses, many of which are uncommon and make it difficult to determine which sense is intended. Such dictionaries present limited grammatical information, often in abbreviated form, under the assumption that the reader is proficient in Russian grammar. Likewise, example sentences may contain too many higher-level vocabulary words to be of use to beginning learners.

An English-Russian index makes it easy to locate the Russian word you need and learn more about it pronunciation, grammar, and usage.

The dictionary is meant to be more than a reference in which to look up unknown words. It is a study tool to expand your lexicon and build a solid base in both vocabulary and grammar. You are encouraged to read through entry after entry, studying the structure of the example sentences, noticing the inflections of nouns, adjectives, and verbs, and practicing your listening skills and pronunciation while listening to the accompanying audio tracks.

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4 reviews for Beginning Learner’s Russian Dictionary

  1. Seong Su (verified owner)

    Hello! I received my ordered e-book “Beginning Learner’s Russian Dictionary”. I think this book is very useful for those who study Russian language at first. I can easily learn Russian language with this book, so I have a question. Does Lingualism have a plan to publish “Learner’s Russian Dictionary” according to CECR levels(A2, B1, B2, C1, C2)? I want to study Russian sentences in higher level. I wait for your responses. Have a good time.

    • Lingualism (verified owner)

      I’m glad you like the book, Seong Su! We have talked about a B2-level dictionary next year, but a project hasn’t started yet. Be sure you are on our mailing list to be notified if and when another dictionary is available.

  2. Louis


    I ordered your book from Amazon and I have to say, it is amazing! Thank you so much for writing this, and providing the audio. Please, please consider writing this for A2, B1, B2, C1 and C2.

  3. Trevor


    The Beginning Learner’s Russian Dictionary A1 is an excellent book for anyone who has some basic knowledge of Russian and may be considering taking the Test of Russian as a Foreign Language(TORFL). It is not in the traditional dictionary format. The entries are basic, essential, high-frequency words. Some special features are:
    declension of nouns for help with cases
    conjugation of verbs, giving most frequently used forms
    adjectives with masculine, feminine, neuter and plural forms
    words used in short example sentences to show usage
    occasional , brief reminders of grammar points which learners need to be aware of.
    Another feature is the online audio track where on can listen to the sentences given in the book.
    This is a great book for anyone who knows some basic Russian and wants to review and further his/her knowledge of the language.

  4. Jim

    Jim (verified owner)

    I am surprised at how much time I spend with this! Play the audio while reading, it’s just excellent. And I agree with other reviewers: I’ll look for follow-ups at higher levels. Thank you Lingualism!

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