Author Archive | Elisabeth Cook

Tried and Tested! The Best Russian Quizzes Online

Feeling quizzical about quizzes? Feeling testy about tests? Not sure what answering questions and filling in blanks can do for you? Let alone your grasp of the Russian language? As either an evaluation of skills or a learning method, …

Show, Don’t Tell: How to Use Russian Adjectives in Any Situation

Denial, anger, bargaining, declension, acceptance. Wait, that’s not right, is it? If anything, the five stages of Russian learning grief involve struggling with the existence of declension. You have to work your way up to accepting that it’s just something …

Russian Numbers in a Nutshell: 1 to 10 and Onwards

You count your blessings. You don’t count your chickens before they hatch. You make sure everyone in your life knows they can count on you. But can you… count? Hey, it’s totally understandable if you can’t count in Russian yet.…

What Everybody Ought to Know About Russian Verb Conjugation

Taxes. Seasonal allergies. Cleaning out your fridge. I might as well add “verb conjugation” to this list of tedious and unpleasant experiences. Yes, conjugation is notorious for being a language student’s nightmare. Unlike some aspects of language, it’s not …

Learn Russian Online for Beginners: Your #1 Resource Guide

Making your own tomato sauce is easy. Marcella Hazan’s famous recipe calls for only four ingredients: tomatoes, butter, onion, salt. But many people still buy jarred sauce. Maybe because it’s slightly easier. Or because no one has ever told them, …

Learn Russian from Videos with These 21 Diverse Clips

The Russian language is a beautiful, mysterious stranger. You make eye contact with her from across a crowded room. You imagine she’s beckoning to you with her enchanting alphabet, her beguiling case system, her weird but elegantly loopy …