https://www.duolingo.com/VicrorGamb

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.

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July 5, 2016

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https://www.duolingo.com/Philomathe

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.

https://www.youtube.com/user/ProfASAr/

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):

https://www.amazon.com/Practice-Makes-Perfect-French-Tenses/dp/007178957X/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8

July 6, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/Lrtward

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

https://www.amazon.com/Schaums-Outline-Russian-Grammar-Outlines/dp/007161169X/ref=sr_1_1

July 5, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/VicrorGamb

Can you share the link for the french grammar book?

July 5, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/mievenair

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

July 7, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/VicrorGamb

Thanks alot!

July 6, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/VicrorGamb

Can you please share this discussion

July 6, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/SilverCharacter

Someone posted a link to LearnRussian, which looks good. I haven't played with it, but it looks free and very good.

July 5, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/VicrorGamb

Thanks! I will check it out!

July 5, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/VicrorGamb

Do you think you can share this discussion

July 6, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/garpike

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).

July 6, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/Felicity979537

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

July 6, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/VicrorGamb

Is bulgarian a slavic language,and if so what family is it part of.

July 6, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/Felicity979537

It's part of the South Slavic group of the Slavic Branch of the Indo-European language family.

July 7, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/TinaMorris4

Spanish Composition Through Literature is one of my favorites. I bought the 3rd edition years ago in college and refer back to it every time I need to brush up. https://amzn.com/0205696759

July 6, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/QuadraticLingual

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.

July 5, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/VicrorGamb

I agree,I know some people at my school who mess with the translations.

July 5, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/VicrorGamb

Can you upvote this discussion

July 6, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/VicrorGamb

i want this to be visible to more people

July 6, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/DianaChilt

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!

June 5, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/DianaChilt

Also I didn't mention but this is for Russian.

June 5, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/AndrewMarquardt

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.

October 2, 2017
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