Free online resources to start learning Russian

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An acquaintance just started learning Russian and is looking for good online resources. Do you know of any? Here is a short list of resources that I recommend for beginners…

Where to start

The Russian alphabet with sound and handwriting

Audio files of common greetings in Russian

How to tell if something is actually Russian or just gibberish

1 Russian language secret to better understand native speakers


Useful YouTube videos

Learn 3 short Russian phrases in 60 seconds (series)

Top 10 most difficult words in Russian language

Basic conversation


Just for fun

Easy vocab game: match the word to its picture

Match the Russian word to its gender

Russian vocab through music

Russian-English cognates (words that are the same in both languages)

12 words you should learn before moving to Ukraine or Russia

3+ benefits of knowing that “МЕНЯ ЗОВУТ” is not “my name”


Online programs for beginners

Learn Russian from Russia Today. I think these lessons are quite well-organized.

Между нами, “a free, web-based textbook that provides a comprehensive introduction to Russian language and culture.”

News in Slow Russian (use level 1)


When I started Street Russian, it seemed like that there were tons of resources for Russian beginners but not much available for intermediate (and higher) learners. *Cue Free resources for Intermediate – Advanced Students of Russian.* But now I’m wondering… are there people reading my posts who are just starting to learn Russian? Would you like me to write about more beginner-level topics? I would be very grateful if you can take a minute to answer the 3 short questions in this survey!

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Thank you! And again, if you have any good resources for beginners, please leave a link in the comment below. 🙂

10 Responses

  1. Willem
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    Hi, I use this app on my phone: Russian Test 2018 (The Quizworld System). I like it!

    • Katherine
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      Cool, thank you for the recommendation, Willem! 🙂

  2. talime
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    my Russian pinterest board – pretty nice collection of resources, grammar tables, vocabulary and common phrases

    • Katherine
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      Talime, what a great Pinterest board- lots and lots of useful pins there! Are you also learning German and Japanese? I noticed you have some resources for those languages too.

      • talime

        I was learning German at school. But I feel like I forgot almost everything since I left school. I’d like to get back to it one day. Japanese is just for fun. My priority is Russian (: I’m in Kharkiv now, btw.. (:

      • Katherine

        Wow, Kharkiv? That’s awesome! 🙂 🙂 🙂 I love that place so much. Are you a student there? What’s your impression of the city? Do you plan to stay there for long? (And if you happen to have a blog, etc about your life there, I promise to be your most devoted reader!)

      • talime

        I have a boyfriend from Kharkiv – maybe you remember Denis from SF (: So I spend quite a lot of time there. It’s a wonderful city, it was love at first sight. 😀 I have some plans about a blog, will let you know… (:

      • Katherine

        Ah, I know exactly who you are! 🙂 It’s really nice to meet you. Denis sent me photos from when he went to visit you… what a beautiful country you’re from! He also told me that your Russian is excellent, by the way. 😉 Fingers crossed that you start blogging about Kharkiv!

  3. Elisabeth
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    Спасибо больше, Катя! 😀 It’s going to take me a while to work through this list! I just came across a paper on using the Lexical Approach for Russian which I think is exactly what I need right now. I love it when teaching languages and learning them combines! 🙂

    • Katherine
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      Пожалуйста, Елизавета! I hope everything is going well for you with all of your languages!

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