Here are my most highly recommended resources for learning the Russian language.
I frequently refer to them in many of the articles I write on this site because I know they’re fantastic and they’ve been crucial to my own learning.
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Learn Russian With Podcasts
RussianPod101: This is an excellent Russian course in the form of audio podcasts and downloadable lessons.
As well as podcast-style lessons, you’ll find videos, a vocabulary database and dictionary, grammar explanations and various other useful features.
Best Online Russian Audio Course
Rocket Russian: This is one of my favorite online courses which has some of the highest quality Russian dialogue material available.
Rocket Russian doesn’t follow a ‘cookie cutter’ approach like other well-known programs such as Rosetta Stone or Pimsleur, and it has a tonne of excellent audio content for all levels ranging from beginner to advanced.
Here’s a video I made recently showing the new edition’s features:
Learn To Speak Russian With Music
Rapid Russian: This is the most unique and effective Russian phrasebook alternative I’ve ever seen and one I frequently recommend on this site.
Based on solid research into memory and ‘stuck song syndrome’, Rapid Russian teaches you the language over the top of highly repetitive tunes that cause the phrases to ‘get stuck’ in your head. It’s surprisingly effective and is so enjoyable that it doesn’t feel like study at all.
Russian Fluency Courses And Guides
Glossika Russian: This is another very unique product that improves your fluency through a highly repetitive ‘listen and repeat’ approach.
It is, in my opinion, one of the the most useful tools I’ve seen for training Russian listening comprehension. Definitely not a conventional course but you’ll be amazed at how effective it is at improving your Russian fluency if you use it daily (read my Glossika review).
Inexpensive Russian Lessons Via Skype
italki: Not too long ago it was really difficult or impossible to practice Russian without actually traveling to Russia.
Thankfully, tools like italki have made it possible to connect with native speakers from all over the world to practice or to take personalized lessons over Skype.
The great news is, Russian lessons over Skype through italki are incredibly cheap compared to most teachers in person (many are as low as $6-8 an hour depending on what language you’re learning!). All the frustration of payments and scheduling is handled brilliantly by italki too which makes it very easy and stress free to arrange sessions.
Other Free Tools To Help Your Russian
Memrise: This is an outstanding online vocabulary training tool that lets you select Russian ‘courses’ to study (or create one yourself). Many of the courses also include audio.
AnkiSRS: A highly versatile flashcard app.
Forvo: If there’s ever a Russian word or expression that you’ve seen written but don’t know how to pronounce, you can search for it here (or request it) and hear a native speaker pronounce it for you.
Duolingo Russian: Duolingo is a fun, free and effective way to study Russian grammar.
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