Basic Russian

This series contains lessons that cover basic Russian phrases and necessary vocabulary. Every lesson comes along with an audio file recorded by a native Russian speaker.

Are you a complete beginner? Start with the Russian alphabet and continue to learn Russian with our free online Russian grammar and vocabulary course for beginners, where short audio lessons are ordered by increasing complexity.

Russian names of countries and languages

Learn Russian names of countries and languages

Many Russian learners make mistakes in the phrases like ‘я говорю по-русски’ or ‘я француз’. Today we are going to learn Russian names for different countries, languages and people of different nationalities.

You can practice the pronunciation of all today’s words and phrases with the audio track recorded at slow speed.

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Happy birthday and happy New Year! – Congratulating people in Russian

Winter holidays are approaching and today we would like to offer you to learn the most common Russian ways of congratulating people.

In this lesson you will hear and read the typical phases for such events as birthday, New Year or Christmas, as well as find some expressions for inviting people to your party.

The audio recording of this lesson includes all today’s phrases and read twice: the first time at a slow speed, and the second time a bit faster. We recommend you to listen to the audio as much as you need until the words and phrases sound natural.

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Directions

Directions

Today’s lesson for beginners will help you to find your way in any direction.

The lesson is divided into two parts: in the first one we’ll learn some words, and in the seocnd one – some useful expressions.

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How to be polite in Russian

Learn Russian politeness phrases

In this lesson for beginners we learn how to say “thank you” and “please” in Russian, as well as a few other Russian words and phrases that will help you to always stay polite in any situation.

All phrases of today’s lesson are in the formal tone. As usual, the lesson is accompanied by a slow-spoken audio.

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