Author Archive | Em Casalena

Learn Russian Through Immersion: 7 Study Abroad Opportunities for Serious Students


“The gladdest moment in human life is a departure into unknown lands.”—Sir Richard Burton

Traveling abroad does something to the soul.

You could see travel as a chance to unwind and take a vacation, and there certainly isn’t …

Improve Your Russian Speaking Skills with 7 Stupendous Resources

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There are quite a few hoops to jump through when learning Russian.

You have to learn a whole new writing system, totally new grammar concepts (how can “I love you” mean the same as “I you love”!?) and words that …

A Full RussianPod101 Review: The Good, the Bad and Everything in Between


There’s a sea of online courses available for students who want to learn Russian. 

At times, it can be a bit overwhelming to choose which program is best.

There are just so many!

Sure, you can learn Russian without

These 13 Resources Can Teach You How to Learn Russian Grammar





These are just a few words that come to mind when we think of Russian grammar.

No matter what level of learner you are, Russian grammar just looks terrifying.

Ask any intermediate or advanced learner …

Show Your Gratitude with These 8 Ways to Say Thank You in Russian


Think of how often we throw around the phrase “thank you” in English.

When someone we love compliments us. When a friend helps us out with something. When a family member passes the бефстроганов (beef stroganoff) at supper.

Tiny gestures …

Russian Rokulette: 5 Russian Roku Channels for Smart Surfing


Much of the world hasn’t had the chance to experience Russian television.

And that’s kind of a bummer because it can be incredibly entertaining.

From news to talk shows to documentaries and original Russian classic films, there’s a ton …

The Best TV for Russian Learners via 5 Handy Android Apps


Who isn’t a little addicted to television?

We get it. It’s okay.

We understand the weird anxiety that bubbles up when you finish a series in its entirety and the satisfying joy of finally coming home to your favorite streaming …