This course emphasizes the fundamentals of spoken Russian and is the course of choice in hundreds of American universities. It's easy to get started learning Russian with this course, for the first 5 lessons emphasize listening and repeating and a parallel English equivalent is provided for each conversation. In the pauses provided in the recording, you repeat the phrases and dialog provided by native speakers of Russian. Carefully-constructed exercises give you pronunciation practice and experience using a variety of basic sentence structures. Reading and writing are introduced gradually and only after you become familiar with the language through listening to the recordings. All the Russian words are printd in the Cyrillic alphabet, but English translations are given for the dialogs. Notes explain points of cultural differences and of usage and style. Re-issued on 28 audio CDs (28 hours), with a 480-page text and instructor's manual. Product No. AFB101D.