How and why to learn the Russian language?

If you are wondering what language should you learn, and shouldn’t you start learning Russian, here we want to tell you why you should to it and and how to learn Russian language.

Why to learn Russian?

If you still have any doubts about learning Russian, here are some reasons we think can help you to make the final decision. We hope they will motivate you to start your learning as soon as possible:

  • The Russian language is the fifth most widely spoken languages in the world. It’s a very beautiful and rich language.
  • Russia is the largest country in the world, it has played and still plays a significant role in the world history.
  • Many many of the greatest minds in the world were Russian: Lomonosov, Mendeleev, Pavlov and so on.
  • Russian literature counts a huge number of great works (Dostoevsky, Chekhov, Tolstoy, Turgenev). You will be able to read them in their original form.
  • Nowadays you can meet Russians everywhere – they are probably not the most communicative people in the world but they can be really good friends if you happen to make them smile.
  • Russian women are considered to be the most beautiful women in the world.
  • Do you know that the mentality is largely determined by the language? If you can speak Russian, you can understand Russian mentality better.
  • The Cyrillic alphabet is quite different from the Latin one. Russian grammar is more complicated than English grammar. Don’t you feel it challenging to learn such a different language? To open your mind to an absolutely different world? Moreover, scientists have proved that learning a foreign language is very benificial for the brain.

How to learn Russian?

If you already decided but still don’t know how to learn Russian, here are some advices for you.

First of all, forget about such things as ‘Learn Russian in a month’ or ‘Fluent Russian in 3 months’.

If you want to learn a second language – if you really want to do it – this task is going to occupy you for the next few years or maybe even for the rest of your life.

Yes, learning a language is work, it may be hard and confusing but it is incredibly enjoyable and rewarding! Imagine: just yesterday you were looking at Cyrillic writings and had no idea what it was about, but now you can understand it! It’s like someone else whispering it in your ear. You understand Russians speaking and they understand you.

In order to be one day a fluent Russian speaker your learning efforts must become your daily habit. Use any small opportunity to learn and practice Russian in your daily life. For example:

  • Start learning Russian from simple things and step by step move forward. You’ll see soon that even your small efforts give a result, and that will motivate you even more.
  • Subscribe to the Russian Word of the Day.
  • Immerse yourself in Russian to the maximum level: set your phone, player or email interface to Russian, start your first Russian book even if it takes you 20 minutes to read and translate just one page (but don’t do it if you feel it’s too difficult and demotivates you). If your level lets you, read and watch Russian news.
  • Study online: there are a lot of Russian courses on the internet, many of them are free of charge.
  • Learn Russian words: you must learn at least 10 new words a day. Building your vocabulary is one of the key points for mastering a language.
  • Listen to our lessons or Russian podcast while you are walking or doing your housework.
  • Watch Russian movies with subtitles.
  • Try to think in Russian, try to describe your daily routine in Russian while doing it.
  • Find a Russian pen pal and practice to compose messages without Google translator. Let a native speaker to correct you.
  • Take Skype lessons with professional Russian tutors of just chat with your Russian friends.
  • Find yourself a good Russian grammar book and study it from time to time repeating the material.
  • Speak! Use any possibility to speak and don’t be afraid of making mistakes. Moreover you must be willing to make mistakes – this is the only way to overstep the language barrier.

How to learn Russian with Everyday Russian?

Above we gave you a few advices on how to learn Russian on your own. But how to learn Russian using our site?

Initially we mostly wanted to give Russian learners more possibilities for their everyday practice. That is why our site’s name is Everyday Russian. We don’t publish lessons every day anymore but we are still devoted to our idea: to provide free online Russian lessons for every Russian learner and Russian lover, to make learning Russian fun and intersting, to keep the motivation alive.

That is why we do our best to make the site better and more useful, invent new types of activities and exercises, work on lesson translations.

While studying our lessons we strongly recommend you to listen to the audio as many times as you need till every word sounds familiar to you. It would be also useful getting back to previously studied lessons from time to time and to check if you comprehend them in full.

Carefully studying the transcript to the audio (which are available for free for all of our lessons) will give you even better result. Write out all unknown words and memorize them. Don’t hesitate to read the transcript out loud, that will surely help you to master the pronunciation.

If you don’t understand anything, just skip it and get back to it some later. You’ll see it will be much easier then.

We love your feedback!

Tell us why do you learn Russian? How do you do it? What is your motivation? How many hours per day or week do you dedicate to Russian?

Many thanks to Jason Kolotilo for his help with this article.

20 comments on “How and why to learn the Russian language?

    • joao sousa says:

      I´ve been studying Russian for quite a while , I´m portuguese, , but I agree with you : it is not easy, furthermore I ‘m not young any longer. New words every time and I feel impossible to learn 10 worda a day – how? Besides the reading and writing: I write every lesson (very simple lessons) but when it comes to reading, let´s say a short paragraoh in a newspaper no way. I agree : it will tale many years but it is worth while.
      PS there´s something more: today people in the news, shows, everywhere speak ivery fast , why?

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  2. “At least 10 words a day”.

    I don’t understand how that is even possible, and is exactly the kind of phrase that de-motivates people.

    • Everyday Russian says:

      Hello Daniel,

      Learning 10 words a day is very easy if you use the right tools. My favorite for today is Memrise ( that provides Android and iOS apps. You can also find some other software to help you learn the words, for example Anki ( where you need to create your own lists of words to learn.

      When I was earning Spanish, I used to memorize 100 words a day and I was very motivated to learn more because very soon I saw the effect of it: I could understand what I’m reading and write in Spanish myself.

      You should try it, it’s very easy and I’m sure at some moment you’ll find yourself wanting to memorize more than just 10 words a day.

      If use of easy and automated tools like Memrise still demotivates you, then probably you just don’t want to learn the language strong enough and shouldn’t waste your time on it (unless you have to, in which case we wish you to find your motivation and enjoy the process and the results of it).

      Good luck!

    • Aaron Beckett says:

      Good morning. I am ready to begin my journey to learn the Russian word. We may be able to help each other progress if you are game. I am beginning today so I am starting at the ground level.

      • Everyday Russian says:

        Hello Aaron, It’s probably better you contact Igor via email he provided, as he didn’t subscribe for notifications. Good luck!

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