Russian for beginners

This series contains Russian lessons for beginners that cover useful phrases, necessary vocabulary and some essential Russian grammar points. Every lesson comes along with an audio file recorded at a slow speed.

Are these your first steps in Russian? 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 pronouns “себя” and “сам”

Today in our series “Russian for beginners” we continue to review some important Russian grammar points and dedicate today’s lesson to two Russian pronouns: сам and себя. We’ll cover the declension of this pronouns in different cases and give some examples sentences in order to help all Russian learners to master their use.

Read the lesson notes and listen to the audio recording which contains all today’s examples.

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A few very important Russian grammar rules

A few very important Russian grammar rules

In this lesson for beginners we’ll cover a few Russian grammar rules and features of special importance. Studying them carefully will let you avoid many mistakes in the future, especially in written Russian.

Each grammar rule comes along with examples. The audio recording of today’s lesson contains all today’s examples read in slow spoken Russian.

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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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Prepositions in Russian (1)

This is a new Russian grammar lesson for beginners and we are going to study Russian prepositions.

The lesson is divided into three parts: this first one covers the most common prepositions. Every preposition comes with examples. You can practice your listening skills and pronunciation with the audio file recorded by a native Russian speaker.

So, let’s get started?

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Aspects of the verb

As you might already know, the Russian language has only three basic tenses: present, past and future. Quite easy, right? However, Russians couldn’t adequately communicate having just three tenses, so the aspects had appeared. There are only two aspects of the verb in Russian: the imperfective aspect [несоверше́нный вид] and the perfective aspect [соверше́нный вид]. And today we are going to explain you what is their role and how they work.

The audio in Russian is intended to help you to practice the prononciation and to memorize the typical patterns.

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

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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Russian verbs of motion (prefixed)

Prefixed verbs of motion in Russian

Russian verbs of motion are one of the most challenging parts of Russian grammar. Today we’ll try to show you that they are easier than you think.

In this lesson we are covering the prefixed verbs of motion (глаго́лы движе́ния с приста́вками). Check out the previous lesson where we covered the unprefixed verbs of motion.

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