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Official language in: Russia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Moldova: Gagauzia
Russian Grammar and Pronunciation
Website for Elementary Russian with video lessons and 70+ exercises.
FSI Language Courses
2 Texts Books and 8 Audio Lessons
Grammar, Words and Phrases and 18 Videos lessons.
Lessons, grammar, phrases.
49 thematic lessons.
Lessons for children. More than 600 FREE Russian games and activities.
This site is designed to teach you and help you learn Russian for free through vocabulary, phrases, grammar and flashcards (vocabulary trainer).
Over 530 thematic lessons.
Russian Essentials. This is a web-application developed by the University of Cambridge Language Centre for basic level students.
Hundreds of lessons. Registration required in order to monitor and save progress.
Brown University provides animations showing how to write Russian letters by hand.
Interactive reference grammar.
Russian Tutorial Index: Basic Phrases, Vocabulary and Grammar (with audio).
Introduction to the language.
Lessons, tests, games.
Interactive exercises (another set here).
All the lessons contain audio and are all offered for free. We will learn the alphabet together. We will also review some simple grammar rules, practice common phrases, and we will have fun memorizing many important vocabulary lists.
Lessons and a list of 2000 most commonly used Russian words + word matching quizzes.
Courses about adjectives, adverbs, articles, gender (feminine, masculine…), negation, nouns, numbers, phrases, plural, prepositions, pronouns, questions, verbs, vocabulary, exercises.
Online Verb Conjugator.
200 tests for learners of all levels.
10 extensive lessons (grammar, vocabulary).
Short Russian Course.
Tons of lessons.
Russian language tutorial & online phrasebook.
Online lessons and podcast.
Language lessons and resources.
Language lessons and games.
Everyday Russian Course.
Introductory and Basic Course.
Language and vocabulary lessons based on the current news.
Russian with Dmitry – Lessons, audio and more.
Lessons and exercises.
Language helper – lessons and vocabulary.
Russian for Beginners (5 lessons).
Short Russian Grammar reference.
A Russian Course.
Grammar, vocabulary tests and writings.
Russian from Scratch (click “book” to start).
Lessons for beginners, intermediate and advanced learners, grammar, podcasts.
Lessons, cartoons, comics, games, phrasebooks, grammar tables and much more.
An online multiple-choice test. It is designed for determining the proficiency level of beginning to advanced-intermediate Russian students.
This site is designed to give you further exposure to the Russian language and culture through the medium of music videos.
The purpose of this program is to provide advanced learners with a wealth of resources and tools to practice, maintain, and improve all aspects of speaking Russian.
This computer assisted language learning program has been created to assist students of first-year Russian learn the alphabet, vocabulary, and grammatical rules in the context of Russian culture and history.
Online Course Materials.
Extensive site about all the aspects of the language for advanced learners (the website is in Russian). Links include Online Dictionaries, Reference Works, Online Classes, and the list goes on and on..
A Russian language portal dedicated to presenting theoretical and practical philological materials on the Internet.
Digitized Grammar Books
Stand Alone Russian, 131 pages (pdf).
Russian Reference Grammar, 141 pages (pdf).
Russian Language Competencies for Peace Corps Volunteers in Russia (1996), 324 pages (pdf).
Russian Language Competencies for Peace Corps Volunteers in Russia: Workbook. (1996), 33 pages (pdf).
Russian Language Course for Peace Corps Trainees in Russia. (1994), 609 pages (pdf).
Russian Basic Course: Dialogue Cartoon Guides, Lessons 1-83. (1971), 124 pages (pdf).
Russian Basic Course: Reader, Volume II (1971), 301 pages (pdf).
Colloquial Russian 2: The Next Step in Language Learning by Svetlana Le Fleming, Susan E. Kay (2003)(view only).
Russian Grammar by Natalia Lusin (1992)(view only).
Survival Russian by Mikhail Ivanov (2007)(view only).
Learn Russian News Vol.2: English & Russian by Nik Marcel (2007)(view only).
Essential Russian Grammar by Brian Kemple (2012)(view only).
Everyday English-Russian Conversations by Leonid Kossman (1997)(view only).
Hugo’s Russian Grammar Simplified by Hugo’s Simplified System (2010)(view only).
English-Russian Grammar (1862).
The Syntax of Russian by John F. Bailyn,John Frederick Bailyn (2012)(view only).
Learn Russian the Fast and Fun Way by Thomas R. Beyer (1993)(view only).
The Phonetics of Russian by Daniel Jones,Dennis Ward (2011)(view only).
Vocabulary for travelers.
Vocabulary learning games.
Language Survival Kits.
Learn phrases – these cover a wide variety of topics, including numbers, greetings and the months in Russian. Listen to and copy the native speech, and learn with flashcards and other games.
Basic words and useful phrases you will need for your trip (with pdf and audio).
Flashcards for learner of all levels.
Lessons and thousands of flashcards.
Lessons and thousands of flashcards.
Vocabulary Learning Games.
Thematic vocabulary (on the left).
A 207-word frequency list.
A 207-word frequency list (2235 entries).
ChatTalk. This is a small phrasebook which contains useful phrases you can use on a chat.
Grammar Constructs. This phasebook contains a wide variety of grammar constructs, divided into several categories that are not entirely uncontroversial. This resource is intended to help you learn languages by example or to serve as a reference.
Just Read Phrases! This is a phrasebook that consists out of nearly 200 phrases. We tried to use various grammar constructions and a lot of basic vocabulary in these phrases, making them an excellent means to practise a language and learning vocabulary by just reading phrases..
UniLang Basic Phrasebook. This is a phrasebook containing all sorts of useful basic phrases you can use in everyday situations.
Database containing about 2000 most important meanings organized into topics (and vocabulary trainer).
An application which allows you to learn Russian vocabulary.
Phrasebook of about 200 most frequently used Russian phrases organized into topics.
Beginning Russian Vocabulary Review.
Vocabulary-related (and digitized) E-books
Easy Russian Phrase Book: Over 690 Basic Phrases for Everyday Use (1995)(view only).
Dirty Russian by Erin Coyne,Igor Fisun (2010)(view only).
Using Russian Synonyms by Terence Wade,Nijole White (2004)(view only).
My First Book of Russian Words by Katy R. Kudela (2004)(view only).
Russian Reading Materials
News from US.
Virtual Library for Russian Studies.
Collection of texts from Russian authors.
A list of over 35 newspapers.
A list of over 100 newspapers.
A list of over 20 books.
The complete fairy tales of the Brothers Grimm.
A list of over 18 books for children.
Learn with parallel texts.
Russian version of Wikipedia.
The Little Prince in Russian.
Maksim Moshkov’s Online Library.
- http://www.yourdictionary.com/ (long list of general and specialty dictionaries)
- http://farlingo.narod.ru/ (Russian-Esperanto dictionary)
- http://www.dicts.info/ (picture dictionary)
- http://jeck.ru/tools/ (Dictionary of Synonyms)
- http://www.sokr.ru/ (Russian Abbreviations/Acronyms Online Dictionary)
- http://www.russki-mat.net/ (slang dictionary)
Russian Listening and Video Resources
PODCASTS / AUDIOBOOKS
Russian Audio Books, Business Podcasts and Literature Language Podcasts.
A Spoonful of Russian Podcast with Natalia, 52 lessons.
Everyday Russian – Everyday practice for the Russian language learners of all levels and as well for those who wish to continue enriching their language skills, 8 lessons.
Learn Russian Step by Step, 10 lessons.
A Beginner Course of Spoken Russian. 28 lessons.
Очень по-русски – Podcast for those who already can speak and understand Russian (mostly intermediate and advanced learners), but who want to go beyond the standard textbooks, 9 lessons.
Говори по-русски Podcast, 76 lessons.
Audio Russian Verb Conjugator – Russian Verbs in all tenses and aspects with stress marks and examples, 7 lessons.
Speaking Russian by Elvira Ivanova, 56 lessons.
Learn Russian by discovering Russia: RusPod online course, 110 lessons.
RussianMadeEasy Podcast, 30 lessons.
SurvivalPhrases Podcast, 18 lessons.
Glossika Russian FluencyPod, 15 lessons.
One Minute Russian, 13 lessons.
RussianPod101, 37 lessons.
Over 50 audiobooks for children.
Russian Webcasts are posted to the web twice monthly and deliver a survey of the previous two weeks’ news in simplified standard Russian Listeners of Voice of America’s “Special English” broadcasts will recognize the slightly slower rate of speech and textual redundancy which characterize these webcasts.
About 180000 words pronounced by native speakers.
TV / VIDEO / MOVIES
Russian for Beginners. Course by Olga Viberg, Dalarna University. 7 videos.
Alphabet Mastery Videos.
A list of over 30 TV stations.
A list of over 30 TV stations (with channel description).
A list of YT video lessons.
A list of over 100 movies (with links and subtitles).
Thousands of videos and channels in Russian.
A list of over 30 TV stations.
Beginning Russian Through Film.
A list of over 180 radio stations from Russia.
A list of over 100 radio stations from Russia.
Kid Songs and Rhymes
Russian In Other Languages
Basic and Intermediate Russian Course for Spanish speakers.
Russian Course for Japanese speakers.
Russian for Russians. The website to accompany the Russian for Russians textbook for heritage learners of Russian. Includes a section on learning the alphabet including sound files and a multitude of interactive grammar and vocabulary exercises.