Everyday Russian

Everyday Russian is a project for Russian lovers and Russian learners. Students of all levels can find here a lot of various activities and exercises for their everyday practice and learning. The lessons are free and can be studied at any time in any order.

Не за горами

Learn Russian expressions: Не за горами

This is the ‘Phrase of the week’ series where you can improve you Russian vocabulary and practice your listening and reading skills.

The audio recording of this lesson is read at three different speeds: slow, adapted (slower than normal) and normal. We recommend to listen to the audio recording several times and to use the free online transcript reviewing the currently studied material.

Сторона (2)

Learn Russian words formation: сторона

Building your vocabulary is one of the basic ways of learning Russian or any other language. In turn, learning word formation is a good way to memorize new words. In this series we offer you a set of related words having one stem. You’ll learn the most common derivatives that come from a word, see the examples of their use including idioms and colloquialisms. And of course, you can practice the pronunciation of all these words with the audio track.

Окно

Practice Russian cases: Окно

Learning Russian as any other language is a matter of practice. To learn the second language you need practice a lot and to use any opportunity to do it. Here is one more for you: practice Russian cases with our series ‘Practice Russian cases’.

Here we take a random word and show you its singular and plural forms in all cases. To reinforce the knowledge we also give you some examples where this noun is used in different cases.

Today’s word is “окно” (neutral) which means ‘window’.

Price Increase Letter (answers) [Письмо о повышении цен]

Russian lessons with exercises: Price Increase Letter

Let’s find out if you did well your last homework. Here are the the correct version of the last lesson’s text (Price Increase Letter) with highlighted mistakes (the errors in red and the correct answers in blue). The audio recording made by a native Russian speaker is also available to listen and download.

Price Increase Letter (exercise) [Письмо о повышении цен]

Russian lessons with exercises: Price Increase Letter

Here is a new lesson of the ‘Error correction exercises’ series where we are practicing your reading skills and improving the grammatical correctness in Russian.

Today’s lesson could be useful for those who is engaged in sales. The text you’ll read below is an example of a Price Increase Letter. Your task is to find the mistakes are made in this text for purpose. As an additional practice we recommend you to read the text aloud a few times.

  June 28, 2013     Error correction exercises
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Krasnoyarsk Stolby [Красноярские столбы]

Read and listen to Russian: Krasnoyarsk Stolby

Today we’d like to tell about a wondeful place – a National Nature Reserve Krasnoyarsk Stolby. “Stolby” is the plural of “stolb”, the Russian for “pillar”. The regular Stolby goers call themselves “stolbists”, and the public activity as a whole is termed “stolbism”. It is an exceptional activity with a long history of over 150 years and old customs recorded in a special folklore.

Мурашки

Learn Russian words with audio - Мурашки

In the series «Word of the Week» we choose an interesting Russian word and provide you with examples of its use, synonyms, derivative words, related phrases and etymology (when possible). Additionally to this you have an audio track read by a native Russian speaker which is recorded at three different speeds: slow, adapted (slower than normal) and normal.

Asking for directions [Как спросить дорогу]

Test your Russian: asking for directions in Russian

In order to truly master Russians language you need to be able both to understand people around you and to to express yourself. In today’s test we offer you to practice your communication skills.

Here is a set of phrases which you might need travelling over Russian cities. All phrases are given in English. Your task for this quiz is to choose the most appropriate translation for them.

  March 20, 2013     Russian test
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Russian pronouns “себя” and “сам”

Russian reflexive pronoun сам and себя

We continue to review some important Russian grammar point and dedicate today’s lesson to the two Russian pronouns: сам and себя. We’ll cover the declension of this pronouns in different cases and give some examples sentences in order to help all Russian learners to master their use.

Read the lesson and listen to the audio recording which contains all today’s examples. Fell free to listen to the audio as many times as you need until all the words sound familiar.

Yamal Peninsula [Полуостров Ямал]

Learn to answer questions in Russian - Yamal Peninsula

Today, we invite you on a journey through the northern tundra. You will get to know the locals and learn about how they live in such severe conditions. There are also some photos to make your journey more interesting.

As always, your task for this lesson is to listen to the audio recording and try to understand it by ear, after that we’ll ask you some questions on the topic of the story, which you have to answer as detailed as you can. At the very end we’ll repeat all the questions and give you example answers.

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