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You are browsing the Russian lessons for beginners which include the lessons for complete beginners and for those who have already mastered the basics of the Russian language. Here you can find useful words, phrases, and explanation of important grammar point. All lessons are provided with an audio file recorded by a native Russian speaker.

Please note that the division by levels on our site is not strictly academic but rather conventional. If you feel that a lesson is too hard for you, skip it for now, move to something easier, and come back a bit later with a newly acquired knowledge.

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Хотеть / хотеться

Хотеть / хотеться

In today’s lesson dedicated to the conjugation of Russian verbs we conjugate the pair of verbs хоте́ть and хоте́ться. These are stem-changing verbs, imperfective. They belong to the mixed conjugation.

Meaning:
хоте́ть – to want,
– хоте́ться: мне хо́чется – I feel like (doing something).

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Думать / думаться

Думать / думаться

In today’s lesson dedicated to the conjugation of the Russian verbs we have the verbs ду́мать and ду́маться. These verbs are imperfective and belong to the first conjugation.

Meaning:
– ду́мать – to think;
– ду́маться: думается, что — one should think, it appears that.

Perfective – поду́мать(ся).

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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.

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Окно

Practice Russian cases: Окно

In the series of lessons “Russian cases” we take a random word and show you its singular and plural forms in all cases. To reinforce the result we also give you some examples where this noun is used in different cases..

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

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