Russian food and drinks

Learn about traditional Russian food and drinks and learn Russian at the same time! Every lesson comes with an audio recorded by a native Russian speaker.

Learn Russian food and drinks vocabulary with the Russian word of the day.

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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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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Russian home-distilled vodka (Samogon)

Learning Russian podcast: home-distilled vodka

In today’s series “Read and listen 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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Russian kvass

In today’s series “Read and Listen in Russian” we’ll tell you about the Russian kvass. Kvass is probably the most popular russian drink after vodka, and it’s certainly healthier than vodka as it has almost no alcohol and includes lactic acid that has a disinfectant effect. From the text below you will learn about the history of Russian kvass, its modern variations and how it can be made at home.

The lesson includes the text in Russian with stress marks, translation in English and an audio recording. This lesson is intended for advanced Russian learners.

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