Russia and Russians

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 we continue with our survival tips for those visiting Russia.

In case you missed the first part of this lesson, you can find it here. Study the lesson →

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. Study the lesson →

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!

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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.

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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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Russian salad [Салат Оливье]

Russian lessons - New Year's salad

Due to the coming holidays we have changed our schedule a little to give you a special Russian lesson dedicated to the New Year. We never published recipes before and decided that it would be a good idea to tell you something about Russian New Year’s food.

The salad we are going to cook today is the most popular Russian New Year’s dish. It is very simple to make. So let’s cook and learn Russian at the same time!

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How the Russian felt boots are made [Как делают валенки]

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

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

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

Sound interesting? Then let’s get started!
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