To speak Russian as a foreign language is to integrate a tradition that has a great cultural baggage, and that keeps on growing.
From literature, with its legendary writers such as Tolstoy, Dostoevsky, Chekhov, or cinema, with its seventh art monsters such as Eisenstein, Tarkovsky and Mikhalkov and music, with his blessed composers, counting Tchaikovsky, Stravinsky, Shostakovich...
Mastering Russian is not only looking at the past, it's also entering the world of a living modern language that is one of the six official languages spoken in organizations such as the UN and UNESCO.
For the more careerists of my readers (I can see you, don't be shy!) it's a way to open to a huge professional market since Russia chairs in the Council of Europe, the G20 and the Paris Club without mentionning the many business opportunities speaking Russian can bring.
Far from evening classes, summer schools and language schools, the Internet and the web offer a more and more personalized learning environment for every student wishing to learn Russian. Yes but how to navigate? Count on me and follow the language guide through Lake Baikal, the Mzymta River and the Chuya Road. Dobro pozhalovat '!
Lessons of "Easy Russian" to learn to speak Russian
As its name suggests, Easy Russian claims to be a simplified Russian learning method.
Available in English and with free online Russian courses, this site is often recommended by teachers and schools or institutes to learn the basic tools.
It's a beginner's course, composed of a dozen lessons, that introduces the pupil of levels A1-A2 to this Slavic language, to its grammar with its declensions, and its pronouns in a progressive way.
An intermediate course is available and allows independent users of A1-A2 levels to improve in the language of Tolstoy.
Each week this site which has a Cyrillic keyboard is updated to provide new:
- Recorded courses such as Podcasts in Russian, which allow, through listening, to learn Russian by becoming familiar with the accents or the pronunciation of Russian words by working your ear.
- Exercises and tests that put into practice the theoretical knowledge learned in order to review, assess or control specific topics.
- Collections of the past national Russian exams, including topics from the last two years. Ideal for those wishing to prepare for their exams in the comfort of their home, in group with classmates or in exam conditions.
- Sites, blogs and forums in which students are invited to visit to discover more about Russian culture, to prepare for a trip to Russia, to go abroad, or simply to exchange ideas about this Eastern European idiom with other francophones.
This is a modern pedagogical approach that starts with a Russian level test, done beforehand, for each student to determine its level and thus provide courses and exercises to follow accordingly.
Note that Russian teachers are invited to participate in the development of the site by adding new courses, Russian exercises in multiple choice questions – MCQs.
Try out videos on youtube to learn Russian, you can find many good Youtube channels.
A site for Francophones, Hispanophones and Anglophones to learn the language of Tolstoy
Available in French, English and Spanish, the website learnrussianstepbystep has an international vocation to make its free online Russian courses a reference.
Primarily for beginners, this site regularly enriches its online courses in Russian grammar and Russian vocabulary for beginners.
You'll find in their program:
- Russian 5-minute podcast-type audio lessons, recorded by a speaker whose mother tongue is Russian, for daily "consumption" without moderation to shape your listening comprehension.
- More than 140 lessons addressing grammar points, conjugation with the three groups of verbs, verbs of movement or the conditional in Russian before dwelling on the Russian vocabulary.
The lessons are organized by theme and are intended to be fun with:
- Particles "-to" and "же" in Russian.
- The diminutive-hypocorical suffixes in Russian.
- How to make friends in Russian.
- Russian interrogative pronouns какой.
Finally, note that it is possible to donate to the site, for the wealthiest and philanthropists among us, to help the site to develop and promote the Russian language.
And for those who prefer physical media, choose books to study Russian.
A blog to learn "The Easy Russian"
Serving the Russian-speaking community, the Russian Easy blog offers more than 50 articles of tips and tricks that aim to facilitate the learning of the Pushkin language. Tom, the author of this blog, shares his experience with a straightforward tone with articles like:
- How to speak fluently without having to talk to Russians every day?
- 20 expressions to know if you start Russian.
- 3 counterproductive ideas to learn Russian (and any language).
- The 3 principles of those who succeed in learning Russian.
Apart from the tools available to improve the user experience of the student we find:
- Grammar lessons,
Respectively with personal pronouns, Russian words and vocabulary to speak of the house, the clothes or the theater.
In addition, Tom has developed a method to start Russian easily that is available in the newsletter format and has the ambition to launch the "student in 5 days" through courses of reading, listening and comprhension, written expression and oral expression. In addition, a small guide for full immersion to prepare for your trip to Russia completes this method.
Finally, to finance the site you will find a shop in which are available books and learning content of Russian as:
- The method to start in 5 lessons.
- All the Russian in podcast.
- The beginner's kit in Russian.
Buy yourself an English-Russian dictionary to progress and learn more vocabulary.
Weekly Russian with Natalia
Do not derogate from the stereotype of the beauty of women in the east, this Russian has a Youtube Channel "Weekly Russian with Natalia" on Russia and the Russian language.
Learn Russian language with Natalia on Weekly Russian channel :
- Learn more about Russian music, poetry and cartoons because learning languages should be fun!
- Get to know the language and culture of the largest country in the world
These Russian videos in free access are all subtitled with transcriptions and translation, they make it possible to shape the listening of Russian since they're spoken by a Russian native. These videos will hence help you to improve your vocabulary and your written expression.
But it a good idea to learn Russian level A1-A2 (beginner) on the Internet? Where to find supports to deepen one's knowledge of the Russian language?
This site has no other ambitions than to familiarize Russian students with Russian culture, architecture, landscapes ... through the eyes of a local. Ideal for those who want to go to Russia and get an idea of the country before moving abroad.
Intensive courses with the "Intensive Russian" method are developed to familiarize foreginers with his native language. Made up of conversation classes and Russian lessons, insisting on phonetics, this method is focused on understanding and speaking. The notions of grammar are proposed progressively and the Cyrillic alphabet intervenes only tardily so as not to distort the method of learning.
Broaden your horizon: try out Russian apps, they are numerous and fun. They can help you out by working daily on exercises and vocabulary memorization.
Russian private lessons online
Although you can find many free language learning tools online, sometimes that isn't enough and you'll need to get some real language courses. If you're school doesn't offer this second language, or if you're no longer in school, think of taking private lessons.
You'll not only learn ow to speak Russian, but also about Russia, often with a Native Speaker or an experienced student.
With the advent of digital technologies, it is now easy to learn Russian online via private tutoring. These e-learning techniques, which did not exist before, allow English speaking students to practice speaking Russian, to revise their courses or to prepare their trip to Eastern Europe with a native from Russia.
By videoconferencing, understand Skype or another webcam learning tool, the student can learn this language deemed difficult by breaking down the borders that seperate him from understanding the language fully and being fluent.
On the Superprof platform, there are already more than 1821 Russophile teachers offering a Russian language course. These home teachers are mostly experienced and post resumes that would make teachers of language schools and National Education go pale.
For Russophiles who dreamed of becoming bilingual quickly, this is the ideal tool, with courses ranging from 15$ to over 30$ including university courses and preparation for Russian exams.
Find a Russian course London wide or anywhere else around the UK. Get an idea of the type of pedagogy proposed and if ever you hesitate, trust the advice left by previous students.
Vera, Tatiana or Konstantin may be the key to gaining a language level, improve vocabulary and perfect your writing. Linguists friends to your Cyrillic keyboards!
Also, think of using online Russian translators to learn vocabulary.
And after you've learned basic Russian, greetings and simple words and phrases, why not organize a trip in Russia? Interested in Moscow or Saint Petersburg? Traveling is the best way to understand and to learn a language, especially with the difficulties of the Russian pronunciation.