- Very comprehensive course content
- 100+ guaranteed hours of material
- Detailed grammar explanations
- Unique and innovative approach
- Teachable platform
- Primarily a literacy-based course
The Russian Uncovered course extends on the extremely popular StoryLearning method by Olly Richards, applying a story-based teaching methodology that comprehensively covers Russian up to an intermediate level. The course is ideal for those who enjoy a literacy and grammar-heavy approach, but may not be as enjoyable for other types of learners.
Overall, Russian Uncovered is pricey but it offers great value.
If you’re learning Russian, you’ve likely heard about Russian Uncovered by Olly Richards (of StoryLearning/I Will Teach You A Language).
This is a Russian course I’ve been eager to review since I heard about it.
Russian Uncovered offers over 100 hours of content from absolute beginner up to (CEFR) intermediate. It’s an impressively comprehensive Russian course in scope, covering pretty much every pertinent topic of Russian for new learners, including Cyrillic.
Olly has a very unique approach to teaching based on story comprehension. In a nutshell, you’ll work through a simplified short story in Russian, covering various grammatical topics as you go, with the end result being that you’ll have read an entire story in Russian by the end of the course (also see this Grammar Hero review on Olly’s Russian grammar course).
Not only does Olly guide you through the course, but there are also video lessons made by an experienced Russian teacher.
Frank opinion: This course style will suit people who enjoy a literacy, grammar-heavy approach (it’s very thorough with its explanations), but it may not be ideal if that’s not something you enjoy.
Many learners (myself included) prefer to learn through conversation/use, which this course unfortunately lacks.
The only other aspect of Russian Uncovered that bothers me is the Teachable platform, but that’s not a major issue.
Overall, I love Russian Uncovered - it’s definitely pricey, but it’s a one-time payment ($297) rather than a recurring subscription (there’s also the option of 3 x monthly installments).
There are of course alternative online Russian courses available too worth checking out.