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…

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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

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Useful YouTube videos

Learn 3 short Russian phrases in 60 seconds (series)

The best Russian alphabet video I’ve seen

Top 10 most difficult words in Russian language

Basic conversation

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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”

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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 https://sk.pinterest.com/talimeakasi/russian/

    • 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
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        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
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        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
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        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
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        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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