ABOUT THE BOOK

  • PPRE-INTERMEDIATE LEVEL
  • P1000 HEADWORDS
  • P24 PAGES (PDF)
  • P1H 24M OF AUDIO

First published in 1899, this short story describes an adulterous affair between an unhappily married Moscow banker and a young married woman, an affair which begins while both are vacationing alone in the Crimean Black sea resort of Yalta.

This is one of Chekhov’s most famous pieces of short fiction. 

$6.99

KEY FEATURES

PRINTABLE PDF

You´ll receive the book in PDF format that you can download, open on any mobile device, or print.

AUDIO IN 2 SPEEDS

Each chapter is recorded twice – first, in slow Russian, then, in a normal speed Russian. All audio files are downloadable.

STRESS MARKS

All Russian words have accent marks to help you pronounce them correctly.

ENGLISH TRANSLATION

English translation of difficult words and phrases. Don´t waste your precious time looking up unknown words!

COMPREHENSION Qs

Comprehension questions are included at the end of each chapter so that you can test your understanding.

KEY FEATURES

PRINTABLE PDF

You´ll receive the book in PDF format that you can download, open on any mobile device or print.

AUDIO IN 2 SPEEDS

Each chapter is recorded twice – first, in slow Russian, then, in a normal speed Russian. All audio files are downloadable.

STRESS MARKS

All Russian words have accent marks to help you pronounce them correctly.

ENGLISH TRANSLATION

English translation of difficult words and phrases. Don´t waste your precious time looking up unknown words!

COMPREHENSION Qs

Comprehension questions are included at the end of each chapter so that you can test your understanding.

LOOK INSIDE

            Говори́ли, что на на́бережной появи́лось но́вое лицо́: да́ма с соба́чкой. Дми́трий Дми́трич Гу́ров, кото́рый жил в Я́лте уже́ две неде́ли, то́же стал интересова́ться но́выми ли́цами. Он сиде́л в кафе́ и уви́дел, как по на́бережной прошла́ молода́я да́ма, невысо́кого ро́ста блонди́нка, в шля́пе; за ней бежа́ла бе́лая соба́чка.

         Пото́м он встреча́л её в го́роде по не́скольку раз в день. Она́ гуля́ла одна́, в той же шля́пе, с бе́лой соба́чкой; никто́ не знал, кто она́, и называ́ли её так: да́ма с соба́чкой.

          “Е́сли она́ здесь без му́жа и без друзе́й”, – ду́мал Гу́ров, – то я до́лжен познако́миться с ней”.

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WHAT PEOPLE ARE SAYING

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DAN FLICK – USA

I had tried a dual language version of the book but it was too tough. That is what makes these books so awesome. You can be introduced to Russian stories at an elementary level so you do not have to wait 20 years to read them. It was a perfectly distilled version of the story that everyone should be able to read.

ANGELO PORTA PUGLIA – Italy

This is the second book in the series I’m reading. As was the case with Anna Karenina, I liked also this book and I found it useful. The accent marks in the text and the two speed levels of the audio files greatly contribute to improving listening (and speaking) skills and memorizing new words and phrases.
The English translations of the difficult words/phrases and the comprehension questions at the end of each chapter help learn new vocabulary.
I found it enjoyable and fit for a pre-intermediate and also, perhaps, for an intermediate level of language knowledge. I strongly recommend this book of the Graded Readers to Russian learners wishing to access original Russian literature and steady progress in this area of study.

ROGER GUERRERO – México

I like this book because it is a simple but interesting story. It is easy to read. Provided translation of difficult phrases is really useful and helps to understand the story and improve vocabulary. The audios increase the listening ability, it is a good idea to have both normal and slow speed. The difficulty level matches my current level of Russian. I highly recommend this book.

MICHAEL BRUCK – Israel

I’ve read almost all your books! Not only that I enjoyed the books, but they were also very useful for my learning Russian. I have learned a lot of new vocabulary and I want to recommend the readers to other Russian learners. The new vocabulary helped me with my listening skills with Russian films.

ROBERT WHITEFORD – UK

For me, Kristina’s pre-intermediate readers are a wonderful method for learning and retaining new Russian vocabulary. This has been my major challenge while trying to learn Russian. Previously I had been working through text books with their associated audio but Kristina’s readers are much more interesting and so much more inspiring! Their simplified texts with accompanying ‘slow’ Russian audio paradoxically have accelerated my rate of acquiring new vocabulary and renewed my interest in mastering this complex language. I highly recommend the readers to anyone learning Russian as well as Kristina’s other online materials.

JACOB

The quality of the text and audio is very good. I have read several other graded readers from Boost Your Russian, and they have all been great. I definitely recommend them to other Russian learners.

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WAYNE WALKER – USA

I was hesitant to purchase this reader. I have encountered this story in so many forms – book, cartoon, movie. Again and again. It is a classic and worth the retelling to reach more people, but would I get anything new out of it?

Once again, Kristina’s treatment and choice of how to make it accessible was excellent. I think I enjoyed it as much as the first time I read the story.

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