THE BEST RESOURCES FOR LEARNING RUSSIAN
Welcome to our list of the best Russian resources for learners available online. We've organized the websites and apps we chose by category to make them easier to navigate. Browse through these resources to learn Russian and click on a title or image to try one out. Happy learning!
RussianDict is an extremely accessible online Russian-English dictionary with a clean, sleek interface, making it a leading resource for people who want to learn Russian. It also has a conjugation tool, grammar lessons, and more.
Russian and Soviet cinema has a long and interesting history. If you're interested in learning about the Russian language or Russian culture, movies can be a great window into both. Take a look at our picks.
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Daria is a friendly and interesting Russian teacher from Moscow. She posts new videos twice a week, including grammar lessons, vlogs, and videos in both fast and slow Russian for learners at any stage in the process.
Antonia teaches both English and Russian, but her videos are neatly organized into playlists so you can learn the language you're interested in. She even gives small assignments at the end of some of her videos so you can practice Russian on your own.
The most popular TV station in the country. Formerly known as Russian Public Television, Channel One has become a somewhat private sector force with the means to produce TV programs and movies.
A place to discover Russian music. The artists post their creations on the site and give you a chance to thank and pay them by clicking "spasibo" (thank you). Most songs come with lyrics; just click on the little paper icon for each song. Writers and bloggers also publish their work on the site. The amount of spoken and written content on this site makes it one of the best online resources to learn Russian.
Speaking and Pronunciation
Chatting with a language partner online might be the most entertaining and overall best way to learn Russian. Work on various skills, from speaking and pronunciation to vocab and listening, and even culture and confidence. We tested the most popular language exchange websites and created a guide to help you decide which one is best for you.
Book affordable paid lessons with a tutor. Over 15,000 teachers are registered on the app and website, and you can even book a trial session to make sure you click with the tutor before you commit to a full Russian lesson.
With Forvo, learn how to pronounce nearly any Russian word you can think of! Native speakers volunteer to record themselves, so that all you have to do is search for and click on a word to hear it pronounced. Sometimes there are even several recordings for the same word, so you can listen to the accent you want to learn.
Reading and Writing
The most read newspaper in Russia. Originally created in 1925 as a mode of communication for the Young Communists, it has recently become one of the most popular papers for general news.
What began as a specialized publication about statistical analysis became the most widely circulated newspaper in 1990, with over 33 million copies printed worldwide. Today it's owned by the Moscow city cabinet and is known for being a serious publication which takes a deep look into current events.
This site is great for when you are having issues using or understanding an aspect of Russian grammar. On his portal, Dr. Beard, a former Russian professor, lays out a neat overview of various grammar points. There are also interactive exercises to test your knowledge.
Other Useful Russian Guides and Resources
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An exercise in listening comprehension by Cornell University. Eight extracts from famous Russian stories: listen to the story and understand them using the on-screen glossary. Afterwards, practice using the vocabulary exercises.
We hope these free online resources for learning Russian will be of a big help to you. We’re constantly searching for the best resources to help you improve your Russian skills and updating this page, so be sure to come back from time to time. And finally, if there are any great Russian tools or resources we didn’t mention but that deserve to be on the list, click here to let us know about them.