Russia and Russians

Learn about Russia, Russian people, their customs and traditions, and learn Russian at the same time! Every story comes with an audio file recorded by a native Russian speaker.

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 “Read and listen 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)

This is a new lesson of the series “Read and listen 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.

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We continue to explore the expanses of Russia and today’s destination is Kamchatka. Since it’s the ‘Short Russian texts with questions’ lesson, there are some questions 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

In today’s series “Read and listen 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 (in case one day you 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

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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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 “Read and listen 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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Christmas in Russia

Do you know that Christmas in Russia is celebrated in January? From today’s dictation exercise you will learn why it is like that and what role Christmas plays in life of Russian people.

The audio for this lesson is recorded at three different speeds: normal, slow and adapted (slower than normal).

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