Russian vocabulary building

Build your Russian vocabulary with our free online Russian lessons. Every lesson of this series is dedicated to a certain topic – daily life, travelling, visiting a doctor, describing people, business and so on. It can be dialogues or sets of words with examples. These lessons are intended for intermediate and advanced Russian learners.

Learn a new Russian word or phrase every day with Learn Russian Daily. Reinforce and test your knowledge with the Russian flashcards.

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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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 →

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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Emotions (part 1)

Useful Russian expressions (podcast): descibing emotions in Russian

People wouldn’t be people without emotions. Pleasant or not, they play a great role in the life of everyone. In this lesson dedicated to your Russian vocabulary building we’ll have a look at some of them. In today’s vocabulary lesson you can learn new Russian words describing emotions, study example sentences and practice your listening skills with the audio track.

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Housework and chores

Today we’ll learn some new Russian words and phrases related to housework and chores: washing dishes, ironing, dusting, washing clothes, cooking, cleaning up, and buying food. The lesson is intended for the intermediate and advanced learners.

In the beginning of each vocabulary set you’ll learn a few words on the topic with translation and accent marks, after them you can see their use in the examples.

The audio recording contains all the words and phrases of today’s lesson.

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At the hotel

In today’s lesson we are going to study a few sample dialogues that could happen between a receptionist and a guest of a hotel.

The dialogues are read two times: the first time slowly, the second time at a normal speed. Listen to the audio as many times as you need until all the words sound natural. Write our all unknown words and try to memorize them.

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Appearance – Describing people in Russian

In today’s lesson we are describing the appearance of people. Today we offer you to enrich your vocabulary and learn some ways to describe people’s faces in Russian.

You’ll see 14 examples with pictures. The key words are given with translation and accent marks. And one example sentence to each picture will help you to see these words in context to memorize them better.

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Visiting a doctor

We’ve already covered a bit of health related vocabulary in one of our previous lessons. In today’s vocabulary lesson we have a few dialogues that might happen at the hospital or when visiting a doctor. The dialogues include a lot of useful vocabulary describing the way you feel, typical medical phrases and prescriptions.

The lesson is intended for the intermediate Russian learners.

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