Good language textbooks
Hey guys,I just think that duolingo is great but we should use other sources along duolingo to learn whatever language we want to learn.So I would like to post this for people to share and suggest different textbooks and other learning sources to get the most of a language!
P.S.I'm looking for some good russian textbooks.<pre>
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While some may find his approach dry and academic, I've found both great inspiration and a plethora of useful resources from the Youtube channel of Alexander Arguelles. Here's a link at the bottom. Of particular relevance to this thread, I'd recommend that you take a look at his 'Foreign Language Series Reviews' playlist, which I've found extraordinarily useful and have referenced many times.
A specific textbook series that I've found helpful is the Practice Makes Perfect 'Verb Tenses' series. There are iterations of this series for several commonly studied languages. I used it often when I was studying Spanish, and I've incorporating the French and German versions into my daily routine with good results. Here's a link to one of them (they all have similar covers):
I have the Schaum's French grammar book and I like it quite a lot. They also have a Russian book which I have zero experience with but it gets good ratings on Amazon.com
Also good, "Practice Makes Perfect" French Grammar: https://www.amazon.com/Practice-Perfect-Complete-French-Grammar/dp/007178781X/ref=sr_1_5
I am keen on "Le bon usage". Maybe one inconvenience: It is written in French ;-) But for the French it is, so to speak, their grammar bible. It received the gold medal from "L'Académie Française' which is the best reference one can get in France. Have a look at it on Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Le_Bon_Usage
Hugo's 'Russian in three months' does a pretty good job at gradually explaining Russian grammar in a way that doesn't make it seem completely impossible; you can find a copy very cheaply on Amazon marketplace, etc. I also quite like 'Colloquial Russian' (although this series is quite expensive) and the 'New Penguin Russian Course' (although this has no audio).
Here's what seems to be a great Bulgarian textbook, from what I've done with it thus far: https://www.amazon.com/Intensive-Bulgarian-Vol-Textbook-Reference/dp/0299167445 And a Latin textbook that is very grammer orientated: http://www.thelatinroad.com/shop/index.cfm/category/7/volume-one-materials.cfm
It's part of the South Slavic group of the Slavic Branch of the Indo-European language family.
Well, using other sources along with Duolingo is fine. I wouldn't recommend Google Translate, however, because that defeats the purpose of learning a language.
The university I attended uses an online textbook that is free to access and is actually quite helpful. You can also access the class workbook and homework through the site. While I don't think you can get the answers it might still help. It's called mezhdunami. Good luck!
People who teach languages always make the argument, "Wow, textbooks are so BORING, right?" When textbooks are probably the best way to learn a language. I'm not saying you shouldn't use duolingo, I'm just talking about other websites and people who teach classes. Textbooks come with rules, and definitions, and online resources, and give you the hard information along with study questions and review questions, they're just the best. If you buy them new they're like 100 us dollars but if you buy them used they're like 20 dollars to 60 dollars.