Language for Kids

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This page has two sections: Learning Russian and Learning English.

Learning Russian

Although these books are mostly written for children, they may be useful to anyone. For adult books, which may be appropriate for older children as well, go to the Russian Language internal link in new window section of the bookstore. They are also appropriate for teaching English to Russian speakers.

First 100 Words First 100 Words
In Kazakh, Russian, and English. Silk Road Painting link in new window frequently carries this, or you can ask them to get it for you. You may also be able to find it on eBayeBay link in new window. Review by an adoptive mom: "This one is good, but I actually prefer another one called First One Thousand Words. The title of this book on the cover is in Kazak, but the book is English-Kazak-Russian. It's the same book as the First Thousand Words in Russian book published by Usbourne [listed below], but this one has all three languages. If you email Alex of Silk Road Painting he can get it for you from the Akademikniga bookstore and send it to you in the US. These are great for learning, but not as good for "looking up words" since they are all topical (words that go with pictures rather than alphabetically)."

First Thousand Words in Russian First Thousand Words in Russian - Internet Linked link in new window
published March 2005, ages 4-8,
"Young learners of Russian will find it easy to learn new words with this delightful picture word book which provides a wealth of vocabulary-building opportunities. Stephen Cartwright's bright and amusing pictures encourage direct association of the Russian word with the object for effective, long-term learning. At the end of the book there is a full Russian/English list of all the words in the book, with an easy-to-use pronunciation guide for each word." This is an updated edition; there were complaints about the older edition that the illustrations weren't clear, and I don't know if they have corrected this with the new version. I also don't know if this one includes the English word along with the Russian word, the previous edition didn't.

Teach me Russian/CD Teach Me Russian: A Musical Journey through the Day link in new window
by Judy Mahoney, published May 1999, ages 4-12, CD and book
"Teaches numbers, the alphabet, days of the week, everyday phrases, etc. Familiar tunes are sung by native children."

Teach Me More Russian/CD Teach Me More Russian: A Musical Journey through the Year link in new window
by Judy Mahoney, published May 1999, ages 4-12, CD and book
"In this series, children travel through the year and visit a beach and farm, enjoy a picnic and birthday party, explore museums and celebrate holidays." Also available in Teach Me More Russian: cassette and book link in new window.

If you would prefer, you can order both of the above - Teach Me Russian and Teach Me More Russian - together as a Teach Me Russian set link in new window.

And to go along with the above books are: Teach Me... Russian Teaching Guide link in new window and Teach Me... More Russian Teaching Guide link in new window
by Judy Mahoney, published March 1996
"Packed with lesson plans to complement both Teach Me Russian and Teach Me More Russian, the teaching guide includes additional activities with learning objectives, materials lists, expanded vocabulary and pronunciation keys."

Hippocrene Children's Illustrated Russian Dictionary Hippocrene Children's Illustrated Russian Dictionary: English-Russian/Russian-English link in new window
published October 2001
"500 words central to a child's everyday life -- animals, flowers, people, colors, numbers and activities -- teach even the youngest readers Russian. Each word is illustrated and accompanied by a phonetic transcription."

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Milet Picture Dictionary: English-Russian Milet Picture Dictionary: English-Russian link in new window
by Sedat Turhan, published June 2003, for infants and preschool
"A thoroughly original picture dictionary featuring beautiful artwork. The vibrant pictures encourage the reader's creativity while learning to identify objects and words." Uses Cyrillic, and I don't think the Russian is spelled phonetically. Also available:
Milet Mini Picture Dictionary: Russian-English board book link in new window, published June 2003, is for infants and preschoolers.

Milet Flashwords (Russian-English) link in new window
: is a set of 60 bilingual flashcards. Each flashcard shows an object in color with its word in English and on the reverse side, the same image in black and white with it's word in the second language.

Vocaulary Builder Russian Vocabulary Builder Russian link in new window
from EuroTalk, published in November 2007
"Primarily aimed to meet the requirements of children from 4-12, this package has proved popular with adults too! The beautiful illustrations will improve your whole family's language skills with words and phrases such as 'the gorilla is in the car', 'the duck is under the desk' and 'the frog is on the lily pad'." Although primarily for children, this would be useful for anyone just starting out. CD-ROM for PC/Mac, interactive flash card system. From the same publisher: Talk Now! Russian link in new window (published November 2007, "Essential words and phrases for absolute beginners. Ideal for travelers, business people, schoolchildren, students and families), Talk More! Russian link in new window (published November 2007, "Talk More! is the latest series in the EuroTalk line for beginners to intermediates. It is the next step up in fluency level from our best-selling Talk Now! line) and World Talk Russian link in new window (published November 2007, "World Talk is aimed at intermediate level learners who have already built up some confidence listening to and speaking their target language). They may also be available from the Eurotalk Interactive link in new window publisher's website.

Natalia Worthington - A Spoonful of Russian A Spoonful of Russian "is a (free) podcast for those who want to learn conversational Russian from a native Russian speaker. For all ages. Homeschoolers are welcome."

Russian Picture Word Book Russian Picture Word Book link in new window
by S. Rogers, published April 2003, ages 4-8
"Delightful learning aid contains 15 scenes of home, school, farm, beach, park, classroom, and other common environments--with more than 500 objects labeled in Russian. Complete list of Russian words and English translations included at back of book. Fun-filled, effective way for students of Russian to build and strengthen their vocabulary skills."

Kids Stuff Russian Kids Stuff Russian link in new window
by Therese Selvin Pirz, published January 2001, ages 12+
"Easy Russian Phrases for You and Your Kids."

From Russia with Love! Russian for Kids From Russia with Love! Russian for Kids link in new window
by Carole Marsh, published January 2004, ages 7-11
"This fun introduction to Russian is full of reproducible activity pages. This book introduces Russia's exciting history plus teaches hundreds of words with entertaining and humorous writing and lots of activities. This foreign language series for kids makes foreign languages easy and fun with educational and entertaining history, trivia, humor, activities, and more. Children who begin learning a language at an early age improve their overall school performance, boost their problem solving skills, and gain a more in-depth understanding of their native language. Kids explore multiple languages with this series (currently 8 titles available), then pursue the ones that interest them the most."

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Learning English

RUSH into EnglishRUSH into English: English for Russian kids. Brought to you by the same person who created Adopting from Russia, a Language and Parenting Guide, the RUSH Into English language set includes vocabulary, phrases, and questions to help children transition smoothly from Russian to English, ages 4-5 and older.

  • It's just what you've been waiting for! A 59-minute CD and 61-page handbook to help your child --
    • right off the plane: I'm thirsty. What's that? My stomach hurts. I have to go to the bathroom.
    • with family: It's your turn. You are nice. Will you help me? I love you!
    • make friends: What's your name? Let's play outside. How old are you? Do you like music? Do you want half?
    • at school: I don't understand. Are you busy? Read it to me, please. I can do it.
  • 200 phrases and questions (plus tons of additional vocabulary) kids can use immediately to get settled in their new surroundings and to learn more English on their own. (*How do you say ____? What did you say? Repeat it, please. Slower, please. One more time. I'm learning English., etc.)
  • The CD and handbook are organized so that younger children can use the first several sections to begin with, while older children will want to listen and repeat the entire CD right away.
  • "The handbook has valuable language information for parents. Several language activities are also included so you can help your child(ren) get started with pre-reading / reading and writing too.
  • To order, go to the TLC Order Form link in new window.

For Russian speakers

These products are specifically designed for those that speak Russian.

Pimsleur ESL Russan Basic: English for Russian Speakers link in new window published March 1999
"For serious English language learners, students, business people and others planning time in an English-speaking country, this comprehensive program offers an advanced learning experience." Written specifically for those speaking Russian wanting to learn English, it was designed more for adults proficient in Russian.

Learn English, with CDs Learn English the Fast and Fun Way for Russian Speakers link in new window: book and CDs package
by Thomas R. Beyer, published June 2007
"This program for Russian students of English and for Russian travelers to English-speaking countries instructs in the basics of reading, writing, and speaking. The book features cartoon illustrations, language games and puzzles, language flash cards, and more. The accompanying set of six audio compact discs replace the cassettes that were offered in the earlier edition of this user-friendly language learning package. They dramatize typical travel situations and provide practice in listening comprehension and American-English pronunciation." Also available as just the Learn English book link in new window, also published June 2007.

English/Russian Picture Dictionary Word by Word: English/Russian Picture Dictionary link in new window
by Steven J. Molinsky, published February 1996
"This bilingual version of the best-selling Word by Word Picture Dictionary lets Russian speakers see their own language and new English vocabulary side by side. Units are organized into such topics as home, clothing, transportation, and more." This could be used to learn both English and Russian.

Oxford Picture Dictionary New Oxford Picture Dictionary: English/Russian link in new window
by E. C. Parnwell, published January 1994
"Teaches English as a second language to Russian speakers through the use of pictures dealing with everyday topics such as the body, post office, law, travel, and family."

Kids Stuff Angliiski Kids Stuff Angliiski (English ESL) link in new window
"Easy English phrases for Russian speakers."

Language Helper Angliiski Language Helper Angliiski/English: Helping You Speak More English link in new window
by Therese Slevin Pirz, published June 2005
"Over 1,000 everyday English and Russian sentences for use with children's activities. ESL. Homeschooling. Immigrants. Takes up where Kids Stuff Angliiski leaves off."

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General English Language Products

In addition to what I have here, for ESL (English as a Second Language) and other hints in helping your child acquire English, please see the English internal link in new window page.

Teach Me English Teach Me English: A Musical Journey through the Day with Book link in new window
created by Judy Mahoney, published July 1996, ages 5-12, CD and book
"Non-English-speaking children can broaden their comprehension of English with this appealing program that uses music to teach the alphabet, days of the week, and other introductory basics of the language." "PreS-Gr 6-Teaches numbers, the alphabet, days of the week, everyday phrases, etc. Familiar tunes are sung by native children."
Also available in Teach Me English: cassette book link in new window.

Teach Me More English Teach Me More English: A Musical Journey through the Year with Book link in new window
By Judy Mahoney, published February 1994, ages 5-12, CD and book
"PreS-Gr 5-In this series, children travel through the year and visit a beach and farm, enjoy a picnic and birthday party, explore museums and celebrate holidays. Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information."
Also available in Teach Me More English: cassette and book link in new window.

Get both Teach Me English and Teach Me More English together in the Teach Me English pack link in new window.

To go along with the above books are Teach Me English Teaching Guide link in new window and Teach Me... More English Teaching Guide link in new window
by Judy Mahoney, published February 2005
"Packed with lesson plans to complement both Teach Me... English and Teach Me More... English, the teaching guide includes additional activities with learning objectives, materials lists, expanded vocabulary and pronunciation keys."

Word by Word Basic Picture Dictionary Word by Word Basic Picture Dictionary link in new window
by Steven J. Molinksy and Bill Bliss, 2ned edition, published January 2006
"Word by Word Basic is a complete, communicative basic vocabulary development program for low-level learners. Word by Word Basic Picture Dictionary presents more than 1,500 words in lively, full-color illustrations, offering students the essential words for everyday language and survival needs. Simple conversations offer students speaking practice with all the words in the dictionary. Large type and a unique layout (left-page illustrations, right-page text) make Word by Word Basic ideal for lower-level students."

Word by Word Picture Dictionary Word by Word Picture Dictionary link in new window
by Steven J. Molinsky and Bill Bliss, published March 2005
"This is the new edition of the picture dictionary program famous worldwide for its ease-of-use, lively spirit, and active conversational approach. Vibrant illustrations and simple accessible lesson pages are designed for clarity and ease-of-use with learners at all levels. More than 4,000 words in an expanded range of topics prepare students for success using English in everyday life, in the community, in school, and at work."

Talk Now! Learn English Talk Now! Learn English link in new window
by Topics Entertainment, published January 2002
"Essential words and phrases for absolute beginners."

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