Russian short stories...
Hey guys! I feel like reading Russian stories . I was wondering if you could tell me how I can get some bilingual ones.
There are several - I came across them almost by chance at a large book store. If you don't have a really large book store near you, then just go to Amazon and search for bilingual stories, Russian - English. I even found some kind of teen YA book, Alice in Wonderland and some shorter Russian stories like "The lady with the dog" and "The inspector".
There's ИноСМИ. They get their stories from the foreign press. You can choose a country and a language. Every article is linked to its original.
Myself, I'd get a copy of The Wizard of Oz from Project Gutenberg and its Russian translation (the link by "Title:" will give you the entire text) and read them in parallel. You could hardly get an easier original, and the story is familiar but still engaging. Not only that, but it has been translated into about all modern languages--I've used it for Russian, French, Spanish, and Latin (not, of course, a modern language ;) ), and plan to use it for others, as it is very useful in language learning. You can find it in Russian audio, too.
Where can I find bilingual books? is for multiple languages, including Russian. The Andersen and Grimm sites mentioned in my comment are pretty good, and there's an easy way (which is mentioned in my link marked "here") to make your own online bilingual version of any of the fairy tales. These fairy tales sites are easier than the Russian Stories book (re-issued by Dover Press) that was mentioned in the forums earlier this week for Russian, but are not so easy as you might think, as the translations are old and rather formal.
Look through the linked posts carefully and you'll find plenty that is good for Russian.
Here is part of The Hound of the Baskervilles, bilingual, but it will not be as easy as, say, The Wizard of Oz, mentioned above, and what you start with should be easy, IMHO and speaking from experience.
The easiest multilingual stories I know of are the bookbox stories on YouTube; they are not side by side, but you compare, say, the Russian version to the English version (at least some have English subtitles, besides). If they are not easy for you, then start there--there would be no reason to look for anything more advanced until you can handle those. There are plenty of other audio/visual materials or programs on YouTube, besides what is mentioned above, that are translated into multiple languages, and you can use them as bilingual materials in the same way as bookbox.
Before I noticed that you requested bilingual material, I wrote the following post and am adding it anyway, as it mentions quite simple reading material that's good for when beginning to read. Follow the advice given and you'll advance faster than by trying to read something more difficult like, say, «Гарри Поттер и философский камень».
Try some of the suggestions in these posts:
- Russian children books
- About audio lessons...
- Does anyone know of any Russian stories...
- Russian reading book
There are many many more. Just search on
Russian stories, for instance.
Reading will surely be difficult at first. Just look for the simplest stories you can find and practice with those. One thing that really helps is to reread several times. Don't just claw your way through something once. Repeat it, or parts of it, until it starts to be easy.
Great! I just have one comment --- seems a pity to read books like Wizard of Oz, Hound of the Baskervilles and Alice in Wonderland.... in Russian. Given that Russia is a big literary giant. It seems to me that we should try to read Russian classics in English translation, not the other way around.
. . . we should try to read Russian classics in English translation, not the other way around.
And how, exactly, will that help us learn the Russian language?
There is a difference between learning to read a language and reading classics in it once you know the language well enough to appreciate the classics--which is far past the level you will attain with Duolingo. First grade pupils in English don't practice on Shakespeare. They read very simple books to practice reading, not the appreciation of literature. Those are two entirely different things.