Russian texts

The series of free online lessons “Texts in Russian” is designed for reading and listening practice and mostly intended for advanced and upper-intermediate Russian learners. The lessons include excerpts of works of Russian literature, interesting stories about Russia, Russian cities, Russian traditions and customs. Every lesson comes with a translation and an audio file recorded at a normal conversational speed.

Survival tips for foreigners in Russia (part 2)

Survival tips for foreigners in Russia (part 2)

Knowing the nuances of culture and life of the country you are visiting is always helpful. Trying to make your experience in Russia safer and more pleasurable and to help you avoid awkward moments related to cultural differences today in our series “Texts in Russian” we continue with our survival tips for those visiting Russia. The lesson is accompanied by an audio file, so you can practice both your reading and listening skills. Study the lesson →

Survival tips for foreigners in Russia (part 1)

Survival tips for foreigners in Russia

This is a new lesson of the series “Texts in Russian” designed for reading and listening pratice, and 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.

The lesson comes with an audio file recoreded at a normal conversational speed.
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Krasnoyarsk Stolby

Read and listen to Russian: Krasnoyarsk Stolby

In today’s series “Texts in Russian” designed for your Russian readling and listening practice we’d like to tell you 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 called “stolbism”. It is an exceptional activity with a long history of over 150 years and old customs recorded in a special folklore.

You’ll see some gorgeous photos and learn about this Nature Reserve and how to get there, if one day you’ll be so lucky to find yourself around that area.

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How the Russian felt boots are made

Read and listen to Russian: how the Russian felt boots are made

Winter is here and it is time to think about the warm clothes. What about Russian ‘valenkee’ (ва́ленки)?

In today’s lesson of the “Text in Russian” series we will tell you how Russian felt boots are made. And not only tell, but also show – you will see the entire production process “from A to Z” in pictures.

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Russian literature: Anton Chekhov – The Lady with the Dog (Chapter 4)

Read and listen to Russian: The lady with the dog

Today in the series “Texts in Russian” we continue to get familiar with the Russian literature and read the last part of Anton Chekhov’s story ‘The Lady with the Dog‘. We hope you enjoyed all the previous parts and will find this last one even more enjoyable.

The full transcript, complete translation in English and an audio recording are available for free.

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Russian literature: Anton Chekhov – The Lady with the Dog (Chapter 3, Part 2)

Read and listen to Russian: The lady with the dog

This is a new lessons of the series “Texts in Russian” and today we continue to introduce you to the masterpieces of the Russian literature.

Yalta, where the story “The Lady with the dog” takes place, was a fashionable resort for the Russian aristocracy and gentry in the 19th century. Anton Chekhov in 1898 bought a house (the White Dacha) here, where he lived till 1902. It is now his museum. On the embankment of Lenin in Yalta a sculptural composition based on the story The Lady with the the Dog is set.

This is the second part of the third chapter of the story ‘The Lady with the Dog‘.

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Russian literature: Anton Chekhov – The Lady with the Dog (Chapter 3, Part 1)

Read and listen to Russian: The lady with the dog

Today we continue reading the story of Anton Chekhov “The lady with the dog”. It is the first part of third chapter of this charming story.

The full transcript, complete translation in English and audio recording are available for free. We recommend you to listen to the audio as many times as you need until the words sound natural.

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Russian literature: Anton Chekhov – The Lady with the Dog (Chapter 2, Part 2)

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Always modest, Chekhov could hardly have imagined the extent of his posthumous reputation. The ovations for The Cherry Orchard in the year of his death showed him how high he had risen in the affection of the Russian public – by then he was second in literary celebrity only to Tolstoy, who outlived him by six years – but after his death, Chekhov’s fame soon spread further afield.

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Russian literature: Anton Chekhov – The Lady with the Dog (Chapter 2, Part 1)

Read and listen to Russian: The lady with the dog

Anton Chekhov was born in 1860 in Taganrog. He is considered to be one of the greatest short-story writers in the history of world literature; over 26 years of the creative work he wrote about 900 different works. Throughout most of his literary career Chekhov practiced as a doctor: “Medicine is my lawful wife”, he once said, “and literature is my mistress.”

Today in the series “Texts in Russian” we are reading the second chapter of his short story “The Lady with the Dog”. We divided this chapter into two parts. Study the lesson →

Russian literature: Anton Chekhov – The Lady with the Dog (Chapter 1)

Read and listen to Russian: The lady with the dog

…Dmitri Gurov is a Moscow banker, married with a daughter and two sons. Unhappy in his marriage, he is frequently unfaithful, and considers women to be of “an inferior breed”. While vacationing in Yalta, he sees a young lady walking along the seafront with her small dog, and endeavors to make her acquaintance…

Today, as a reading and listening practice, we are offer you a short story by Anton Chekhov “The Lady with the Dog”, what was firstly published in 1899. Originally the story is in four chapters and not very long, so we are going to put it on our pages in the whole. In the next few publications you’ll see the continuation. Now, the first chapter…

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