Intermediate Russian

Russian lessons for low-intermediate, intermediate, and upper-intermediate Russian students. Learn new Russian words, build your Russian vocabulary, practice your Russian with our online exercises.

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. You’ll see it’s going to be much easier next time.

We also recommend:
– Learn Russian words and phrases for the intermediate level with the Russian Word of the Day and flashcards.
Russian podcast for intermediate and advanced learners.

The 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia

Whether you are interested in football or not, you definitely could not miss the fact that just in a few days the next World Cup starts in Russia. Of course, we could not ignore this event as well, and prepared a small lesson for you on this topic.

The lesson is intended for the Russian learners of the intermediate level and includes a slow spoken audio. In the end of the audio recording you’ll hear a few questions based on the text of the lesson. We make a pause after each question, so you have time to try to answer it yourself. After the pause, we give the correct answer, so you can check yourself. Let’s begin! Study the lesson →

Селёдка под шубой

Some time ago we have already published a lesson with a recipe of a traditional New Year’s Russian salad – Olivier. Today we’d like to offer you another traditional recipe – a herring under a fur coat. Don’t worry, it does not include any fur. The name of the dish comes from the fact that the herring is covered with multiple layers. In fact, the dish is simple and delicious. Give it a try!

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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

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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Negotiating a discount

This time, in ‘Russian vocabulary building’ series, we are pleased to present you a lesson from Daria Manshina, an author at LinguaLift. In this lesson you’ll learn core Russian words for bargaining and study 3 dialogues discussing a discount in different situations.

We added an audio in Russian to Daria’s dialogues, so you can practice your listening skills and pronunciation at the same time. Study the lesson →