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31 Must-know Words to Talk About Your Family in Russian

Family. They pick you up when you’re down. They celebrate your successes. They pretend to not notice when you trip over your tongue (or they laugh so hard that they cry). Family is likely one of the most important things …

16 Dreamy Russian Terms of Endearment to Try on Your S.O.

He’s your honey. She’s your dear. They’re your darlings. When you’re really fond of someone, sometimes you just want to express it by using cutesy terms of endearment. Luckily, if you’re learning Russian and can’t resist a good pet name, …

4 Russian Grammar Check Programs to Polish up Your Writing

You’re swimming in treacherous waters. They’re rough and dark and you never know if you’re safe. But wouldn’t you feel better if there were a boat right behind you with warm towels and shark repellent and a family-sized pack of …

8 Russian Alphabet Charts to Wake You Up to the Language

It’s easy to let your imagination drift away to future Russian travels. The colorful domes of St. Basil’s Cathedral, Moscow in the dark, strolling through the Pushkin Museum. But hey, wake up! You’ve got to stop dreaming and …

7 Online Russian Translators for a Quick, Easy Assist

You can’t always do what you want. You can’t paint with the quiet elegance of Bob Ross. You can’t single-handedly bring your favorite show back from cancellation. You’re not Netflix. And sometimes, no matter how hard you try, you just …

Russian Alphabet Songs: 8 Tunes for Your Russian ABCs

Growing up, learning your ABCs seemed epically important. Not to mention fun! Sure, the alphabet song may have tricked you into thinking el-em-en-oh-pee and and were letters, but chances are that it brought you more success than embarrassment. Russian …

Russian Dialogues for Beginners: 8 Everyday Chitchat Sources

What’s your name? How are you? What would you like to eat? Phrases like these are so common that you probably think nothing of them in your native language. They’re second nature, just like breathing, sleeping and placing your Starbucks …

The Tear-free Guide to Learning Russian Cursive

Its entrancing beauty is undeniable. It will lure you in for a closer look. But once you’re there, it might just reach up, grab you and make you beg for mercy. Yes, Russian cursive is beautiful but deadly. While it’s …

5 Chatty English-Russian Dictionaries Chock-full of Language

Their words stick with you forever. They always have the right answer. They pick you up and motivate you when you’re feeling down. No, we’re not talking about your best friend. Well, not your best human friend, anyway. We’re talking …

Russian YouTube for Beginners: A Video Learning Guide

Have you ever tried to run wearing only one shoe? What about driving with a flat tire? If so, you know what it’s like to try to deal with something that’s imbalanced or uneven. The same thing can happen to …

7 Beautiful Bilingual Books You Can Enjoy in Russian and English

Иногда вы хотите читать по-русски. Sometimes you want to read in Russian. Иногда вы хотите читать по-английски. Sometimes you want to read in English. When you want to read in both Russian and English, though, there’s a great option: bilingual …

7 Fun Apps to Learn the Russian Alphabet with Ease

Picture a serene lake. Water gently laps the verdant shores as swans float peacefully by. But what if that lake weren’t so peaceful. The water assaults the battered shore in massive waves. The swans are out of the water and …

7 Handy Russian Phrasebooks to Help You in a Pinch

You’re all set for your trip.  You’ve got some important Russian survival phrases under your belt: “Nice to meet you!” “How much does this cost?” “Where is the bathroom?” You’ve mastered these three phrases because mixing them up could have …

How to Order Food in Russian: 60 Terms to Know

Food. It makes your stomach growl and your spirit soar. If you’re visiting Russia, you’ll need more than Russian travel phrases alone to procure the stuff you so crave. Russian idioms will certainly make placing your order more colorful, but …

The 7 Best Blogs for Learning Russian Language and Culture

Learning Russian is a balancing act. If you study too little grammar and vocabulary, no amount of cultural knowledge will help you communicate. After all, you can’t order dinner by understanding Russian holidays. But if you study exclusively grammar and …

7 Heroic Russian Learning Video Resources to Rescue You

In the quest for the perfect Russian learning resource, there are many obstacles you may encounter. You may have to duel with the Cyrillic alphabet. You may find yourself locked in a battle to the death with the case system…

20 Vivid Russian Idioms to Add Color to Your Vocabulary

They’re vibrant. They’re colorful. They’re expressive in the best possible way. No, they’re not the latest summer fashions. They’re Russian idioms. Idioms are groups of words whose figurative meanings don’t match their literal meanings. They’re common in any language.…

31 Russian Travel Phrases to Know Before You Go

Maybe St. Basil’s Cathedral beckons you. Maybe you want to ride the Trans-Siberian Railway. Maybe you just really like good vodka—everyone needs a hobby. Regardless of your reason for visiting Russia, one thing remains true: You’ll need to learn some …

7 Famous Russian Bloggers Today’s Learners Will Love

If you want to learn makeup tips, they’ll give you the foundation. If you want to try a new recipe, their ideas will make the cut. Bloggers are your friends when it comes to learning about virtually any subject area.…

10 Authentic Vloggers to Teach You Real Russian

What do you get when you mix viral videos, makeup tutorials and an incredible Russian learning resource? No, it’s not a bizarre but enjoyable party. It’s YouTube. YouTube may be your go-to place for kitten videos or help …

8 Captivating Russian Magazines for Learning the Language

Something about the glossy pages of magazines just draws you in. But between the articles, photo spreads and ads, there’s something hiding that you haven’t noticed: Russian learning tools! Okay, we’ll admit it: your favorite English-language magazine won’t do …

The 9 Russian Learning Websites You’ll Keep Coming Back To

If you’re learning Russian, the internet is your playground. Whether you’re looking for a recess from your normal Russian learning routine or just want to learn in the most entertaining way possible, Russian learning websites are a terrific playmate. When …

Upgrade Your Reading Skills with 8 Easy Russian Books

When you decide to learn Russian, you need the right companion. This is one role your dog can’t fill, unless your dog speaks perfect Russian. You need the sort of companion that will nudge you along and keep your …

9 Dazzling Flashcards Apps for Learning Russian

Russian is an inherently flashy language. It’s always finding new ways of catching your interest: “Hey, look at this sophisticated Cyrillic alphabet!” “Check out these fancy sound combinations!” “Oh, how exciting/traumatizing the case system is!” And obviously, the flashiest way …

How to Teach Yourself Russian in 8 Simple Steps

Some people are born with an independent streak. They want to make their own decisions, chart their own paths. But when it comes to learning Russian, charting your own path can be a bit more complicated. There is so …

Game On: 6 Outstanding Online Resources for Russian Games

Need a study break? At some point you’ll experience study fatigue, where you feel you just can’t cram any more Russian into your noggin. After all, studying can be exhausting. You’ll definitely need a break, but a break from …

Define Your Learning with 10 Russian Dictionary Apps

When you’re learning Russian, you’re going to need to learn words. Lots and lots of words. But dictionaries take up valuable shelf space that could be better used for your extensive matryoshka collection. That’s a real dilemma because, with a …

7 Russian Learning Blogs You Should Be Rushin’ to Read

When learning a new language, it’s hard to be patient. You just want to Russian. If that means resorting to all sorts of different learning activities, Soviet. Are these puns Putin you off yet? Okay, then. Let’s get serious. Once …

9 Elite Russian Podcasts for Winning Learners

Learning Russian is like a gymnastics routine. Do everything right, and you make it look easy. But if even one component is out of place, all your hard work and practice could devolve into an embarrassing mess. The good news …