Assimil Russian

I’ve written many times about using the German Russisch ohne Mühe, as well as the relatively old Russian Without Toil. If you’re interested in learning Russian with Assimil and don’t speak German, and would like something a bit newer than the Soviet era, you’re in luck: Assimil has recently published Assimil Russian, a translation of the French Le Russe. It’s not available through, but I ordered it from Assimil, and received it within a few days (in the United States).

By |2012-08-27T22:16:55+00:00July 31st, 2012|Language Courses, Language Learning, Russian|3 Comments


  1. Kasper Meerts October 14, 2012 at 8:06 pm - Reply

    I’m at the 63th lesson of the Russian Assimil, though in the Dutch translation, which is my native language. I think it’s an awesome book and I’m sad to near the end. Do you have a suggestion for what book I can use next?

    • Josh October 14, 2012 at 11:56 pm - Reply

      Hi Kasper,

      I’d consider looking at some native materials – news articles, maybe some podcasts, etc. Assimil takes you far enough along that you should be able to break into some native stuff. There’s a book called “Using Russian” that you might want to check out, too.

      • Bierdetektor November 5, 2016 at 1:11 am - Reply

        There are 4 Assimil Russian courses as I know.

        Russian without Toil 1951/ sans peine 1948 A.Cherel

        Russian with ease – 1971 – 100 lessons – A.Cherel

        The new Russian with ease – 1996 71 lessons (Le Nouveau Russe sans peine) Dronov/Matchabelli

        Le Russe – 2008 – 100 lessons. -Victoria Melnikova-Suchet

        Also from Victoria Melnikova-Suchet is the Advanced Course:
        “Perfectionnement Russe” but just in french yet. So there is no translation to Assimil – “Using Russian” or ” Russisch in der Praxis” yet.

        The 2008 course is only available in french,italian,spanish?,and english.
        In Germany the 1996 course is still sold (last reprint 2013)

        The 1996 course has not the best reputation in the internet, the 71/48 of Cherel were packed in the later lessons with pieces of classical russian literature so you can say these are more sophisticated.
        The 90s course is shorter, and is focusing more on everyday conversation and topics.

        I was lucky to get a early 90s print of the 1971 course.

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