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.

Survival tips for foreigners in Russia (part 1)

Survival tips for foreigners in Russia

Today we offer you a collection of funny and serious survival tips for foreigners in Russia which we collected all over the internet. We hope that this information, firstly, will make you smile, and secondly, will help you with your trip to Russia or with your Russian friends or colleagues.

Tell us your Russian experience in the comment section and will include your advises in the second part of this lesson.

  September 20, 2015     Stories in Russian

Emotions (2) [Эмоции]


This is the second lesson from the series about people’s emotions (you can find the first lesson here). As usual, we prepared for you some sample sentences and the audio-file with all today’s vocabulary.

We recommend you to listen to the audio as many times as you need till the words sound natural.

Kamchatka [Камчатка]


We continue to explore the expanses of Russia and today’s destination is Kamchatka. Since it’s the ‘Questions on the text’ lesson, some questions are waiting for you in the end of the story, so listen to the audio carefully and attentively. A few gorgeous photos are going to make our journey even more interesting. The example answers are given in the very end of the lesson.

Let’s begin!

Возвращать / возвращаться

Возвращать / возвращаться

Today’s verbs: возвраща́ть / возвраща́ться

Imperfective. First conjugation.

– возвраща́ть – to return, to give back
– возвраща́ться – to come back

Perfective – верну́ть(ся).



Today’s verb is: утопа́ть

Imperfective. First conjugation. Non-reflexive.

Meaning: to sink, to drown.

Perfective – утону́ть.



Today’s verb: вдыха́ть.

Imperfective. First conjugation. Non-reflexive.

Meaning: to inhale.

Perfective – вдохну́ть.

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.


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’.

Проводить / проводиться


The verbs of today’s lesson are: проводи́ть / проводи́ться.

Imperfective. Second conjugation.

Meaning: to lead, to pass (over), to spend (time), to draw (a line), to conduct, to carry out.

Perfective – провести́/провести́сь.

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