This was actually way down on my shopping list of Russian books, as it s not exactly a well known or mainstream textbook And although it may seem like a quirky, outdated tome when you first open it, it s actually done wonders for my Russian vocabulary.As many Russian learners in the English speaking world will attest, it can be very hard to see any pattern in Russian vocabulary, or find the hooks to help you remember words that sometimes look nothing like anything familiar This book overcomes that difficulty by breaking down words into their roots, and listing them alphabetically in a dictionary style format along with derived words.A good example is the root ROD which the book explains as having the meaning birth tribe family In the list of derivatives it gives, you can then clearly see the relationship between words such as rodina motherland , roditeli parents and narod people It s helped me no end with making sense of Russian vocabulary.Additionally there s a handy Russian and English index so you can quickly flick to a given word, see its basic root and compare it to other related words Brilliant For use as a reference when you learn a new word, as a guide to Russian etymology, or simply for using directly to dip in and out of and learn from, I can t recommend this book highly. ok This book is a really useful resource for anyone learning Russian I think it would be appropriate for beginners and up Even for people who already have a good level of fluency it will be of interest Really good for building vocabulary. Really cool book. There is nothing in s presentation here, or at American , to show that it is a REPRINT FROM THE 1930s That is shabby and deceptive I am tempted to return it forthwith, with a note of protest. This is a most useful book for the intermediate student upwards It contains lists of words which contain a common root, for example under the root vet meaning utter, say, speak it gives the Russian and English for bequest, promise, reply, greeting, advice, adviser, to promise, to answer, to confer, meeting I found it most interesting to see how words I know well are related to each other and recognising patterns is improving my knowledge of the language.It is especially useful for making intelligent guesses at the meaning of unknown words when I meet them. Designed to help students of Russian increase their knowledge of wordbuilding and, as a result, increase their vocabulary, Roots of the Russian Knowledge includes 450 of the most commonly used roots of the Russian language After mastering Russian prefixes and suffixes, students develop an ability to construct words and terms from a given Russian root.