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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 in our series “Texts in Russian” we continue with our survival tips for those visiting Russia. The lesson is accompanied by an audio file, so you can practice both your reading and listening skills. Study the lesson →

Survival tips for foreigners in Russia (part 1)

Survival tips for foreigners in Russia

This is a new lesson of the series “Texts in Russian” designed for reading and listening pratice, and 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.

The lesson comes with an audio file recoreded at a normal conversational speed.
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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

Read and listen to Russian: Krasnoyarsk Stolby

In today’s series “Texts in Russian” designed for your Russian reading and listening practice we’d like to tell you 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 called “stolbism”. It is an exceptional activity with a long history of over 150 years and old customs recorded in a special folklore.

You’ll see some gorgeous photos and learn about this Nature Reserve and how to get there, if one day you’ll be so lucky to find yourself around that area.

The lesson is accompanied by an audio file recorded by a native Russian speaker.

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Yamal Peninsula

Learn to answer questions in Russian - Yamal Peninsula

In today’s lesson 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 based on what you heard, which you’ll have to answer as detailed as you can. At the very end we’ll repeat all the questions and give you some example answers.
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Russian salad Olivier

Russian lessons - New Year's salad

In today’s vocabulary lesson we’ll learn how to make a Russian salad Olivier – the most popular Russian New Year’s dish – and some vocabulary related to cooking.

The lesson is intended for the intermediate and advanced Russian learners. The audio track includes the whole text with the recipe read twice: the first time at a normal speed, and the second time at a slower speed. Bon appetit!

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How the Russian felt boots are made

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

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

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

Sounds interesting? Then let’s get started!
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Russian home-distilled vodka (Samogon)

Learning Russian podcast: home-distilled vodka

In today’s series “Stories in Russian” we present you a story about Russian home-distilled vodka – samogon.

Samogon has quite an incredible history. Nowadays it is a folksy, one might even say a plebeian drink. But before the abolition of serfdom, everything was different. Russian home-distilled vodka was considered to be the most elite aristocratic drink.

Learn more about this page of Russian history from today’s lesson.

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