Russian grammar

Lessons dedicated to the Russian grammar. In each lesson we take a specific topic and explain it on examples. Every lesson comes with an audio file recorded by a native Russian speakers.

Russian pronouns “себя” and “сам”

Today 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 use and declension of this pronouns in different cases, and give you some examples sentences for practice.

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

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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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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Verbs of motion (unprefixed)

Verbs of motion in Russian

This is one more grammar lesson and today we are focusing on verbs.

There are 14 pairs of Russian verbs you need to learn among other things. It’s the verbs of motion, i.e. the verbs what imply moving from one place to another. They are in a separate group in Russian firstly because of the closeness of their lexical meanings, and secondly because of common word-formation and grammatical properties that distinguish them from other verbs.

In today’s lesson we’ll be looking at unprefixed verbs to understand the general idea. This lesson could be useful both for beginners and for intermediate Russian learners.

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