• Russian Short Stories

  • 11 Simple Stories for Beginners Who Want to Learn Russian in Less Time While Also Having Fun
  • By: Simple Language Learning
  • Narrated by: Mel Ryan
  • Length: 10 hrs and 14 mins
  • 4.9 out of 5 stars (30 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

If you want to learn Russian in less time while also enjoying yourself, then pay attention...

The experience of going through a story allows us to escape our lives for a moment, and so this is a perfect way to start learning a language. Going through a story activates your brain and imagination, thus increasing the chance to learn easily and not quit. 

Often, people start learning a new language only to give up after a couple of weeks. This is not due to the complexity of the language but because they become disheartened as the method they are using does not give the right motivation. This is much less likely to happen if your tool is short stories!

In Russian Short Stories: 11 Simple Stories for Beginners Who Want to Learn Russian in Less Time While Also Having Fun, you will encounter rich and new but not too complex vocabulary, which is translated at the end of the chapter, avoiding the hassle of having to stop the listening rhythm to look up every word in the dictionary.

Every paragraph is translated, and the summary of each story is given, thus providing a clearer comprehension of each sentence, while trying to prevent the temptation that the listener might have, if discouraged, of giving up and listening to the whole story in English.

After each chapter, there is a question section, which aims to test the listener's overall understanding of the story, containing both open-ended and multiple-choice questions. The solved questions are provided at the end, enabling you to check your own answers and, consequently, develop your skills.

So, if you want to learn Russian while having fun, scroll up and click the "buy now" button!

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Wanted to refresh my Russian

Stories like the ones in this audiobook are of key interest to understand some cultural codes established in the everyday language of the native speakers.

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I love this guide

This is helpful but I would suggest only if you are already at a reasonable level. If you are a beginner I would recommend the 11 simple Russian stories audiobook.

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Well done.

My Russian teacher recommended this audiobook, having found new writers and stories in it yet she'd not before present. The side-by-side translations are very well done.

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Helpful for english/russian students

I highly suggest it to all students of the Russian language. Stories are not so well known and worth guides.

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Recommended for beginners

It's surprising how much building and meaning is maintained despite this. I won't be at a level where I can clearly understand the Russian side soon, but it's helpful to familiarize myself with the stories for now.

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A well-known guide

I suspect, the answer is as follows: if you're looking to learn Russian, go on and wish something more suitable; this book will only mess up your current knowledge. As a native speaker, I just know it for pleasure and enjoyment of helping my translation...

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Very good representation of the best

It's a very fun collection to know while traveling in Russia. I don't know that it includes the absolute "best" of every author, but all the stories give a good understanding of each writer's style and awareness.

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Great collection of stories

I love the vastness and variety of the stories covered in this volume. I plan to use this book in a college course I am teaching. I would give the audiobook five stars.

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A great fun to follow

Russian short stories manage to be dark, but they provide you a sense of what it was truly like when Communism was in charge. There is one story that I loved, however, and it must have been a bear to translate because the hero uses malapropisms.

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Great stories to improve your Russian

I suggest this audiobook to help your Russian. It was great and has truly improved my memorization and knowledge of the language. I surely suggest this audiobook as it has great stories. This audiobook will definitely help you.

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  • Christopher
  • 01-23-21

Great stories but not needed English

Firstly I will start by saying that I have listened to only the first story so far, and I can say that the story is very good (I have a lot of other Russian story books to compare it to) I would say it’s around an A2 level and easier to read and understand than some other books that are (incorrectly) advertised as for A1-A2 beginners. I am sure that the other stories are equally as good, however there is one disadvantage that I will go into later below.

I have bought the audible version or this, the physical book (awaiting delivery from Amazon this week) and the kindle version (as was priced reasonably) the kindle book has a paragraph of Russian followed by a Paragraph of English. I hope the printed book is one page Russian and the other page English, rather than translations every paragraph as it would make it easy to read, especially as ones Russian improves and then they wish to only read the Russian part of the story without wanting/needing the Russian. I often re-read lower level stuff to reinforce and don’t require the English.

The annoyance of having the language change every paragraph is bearable in the ebook l, it could even be added that it is useful for beginners. (Though I still maintain the opinion that a page for Russian followed by a page of English, would be better, as if it’s broken into paragraph on different pages still easy to like you the stories or just read in a single language of the reader prefers, so I hope that is how the printed book it)

However, the problem with the audible audio version is that they continue this same alternating paragraph English/Russian pattern. Which I can not understand at all. It’s not possible for a beginner to year a paragraph of Russian, remember it all word from word and then hear the English version and be able to translate each sentence. It also unnecessarily doubles the audio. I want to hear just the Russian audio as that is the language I am learning if I want to translate paragraphs then that is what the translation in the book is for. If the author wanted to include English I feel that they should have clearly separated it in the audible chapters so it has one chapter of Russian and then a completely separate English chapter, that way the book could also be used for reverse learning I.e. Learning English from Russian.

Having listened to the first story once, I now want to re hear several times in Russian before re-reading that story in the book. This is how a lot of people learn a language through books, but with this particular book the listening is forced to re-listen to the English audio also. This is annoying as the audio for the first story is about 50 mins! So it’s such a waste of time to listen to the whole thing. If lessons were broken into only Russian, or completely desperate tracks for English. Then a learner/listening could be more productive and would ultimately learn Russian quicker. I hope that they consider this when/if releasing more books. If they fix this issue (which I believe is an oversight as if you look at a lot of other books for learning Russian the standard option is to leave out the English from the audio in it’s entirety which makes complete sense as a learner of Russian) then this book would easily be 5*

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  • Anonymous User
  • 09-15-21

very hard to listen to

The narrator is literally whispering and her pronunciation is very unclear, couldn't keep listening to the book.

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