Author Archive | renatailitsky

Stream Russian Movies All Day with 3 Accessible Options

Who doesn’t love a great “buy one, get one free” sale? The opportunity to acquire two brand-new things while only paying for one will get most of us through the door of a store. However, we shouldn’t just think of …

How to Pronounce Russian Words: The Whiz Kid Guide

Who doesn’t love a cute toddler? Their chubby cheeks and little toes are simply adorable! Anyone who has been around one can also attest to the frustration of trying to understand them when they speak. When “wa-wa” means water and …

How to Speak Russian Like a Native Speaker… or a Spy!

Still reluctant to start learning to speak Russian? Even though you really need to? Maybe you have a trip to Russia or a Russian-speaking country coming up, or a business meeting with a Russian investor. Or maybe you’re just planning …

Easy! Learn to Write Russian in 7 Baby Steps

When was the last time you learned a new skill? When we are younger, we perfect new skills all the time. Walking, riding a bicycle, tying our shoelaces. The learning process seems endless in our earlier years. As we get …

Take It Easy! 5 Options for Easy Russian Short Stories

The greatest thing about having kids is reliving your own childhood. As an immigrant, I spent my childhood in Russia, but my teenage years and adulthood in the United States. When I had my own child, I suddenly remembered the …

3 Foolproof Ways to Learn Russian Through Online Practice

Remember that high school French class you took? How much French can you speak now? Remember how you swore you would become fluent in Italian? Do you speak Italian now? Many people living in English-speaking countries don’t get the chance …

How to Sound Fluent Faster with 3 Russian Speaking Practice Methods

Babies don’t need to practice. I know, I know. It doesn’t seem fair. Little baby Russian speakers can learn the language without all the textbooks, vocabulary drills or speaking practice… Wait—let me stop you there. They’re actually practicing all the …

6 Sites Where You Can Practice Russian Listening at a Click

I take great pride knowing a language that less than three percent of people in the U.S. speak: Russian! I’ve never had a problem talking with my Russian-speaking parents and grandparents, watching Russian TV shows or reading Russian books…

Chatterboxes Rejoice: You Can Use Chat to Learn Russian!

In school, you might have been taught that silence is golden. Students who sit quietly in classrooms are praised and rewarded while those who talk a lot are reprimanded. I’m here to overturn that belief system and instill in you …

Intermediate Russian Learner? Check Out These Videos!

You’ve probably danced along with one, laughed along with one and even cooked along with one. Now, you can learn a new language with one, too. What is this miraculous invention, you may ask? The good old online video.…

5 Awesome Programs to Learn Russian in Moscow

Learning Russian surrounded by English is doable, but difficult. Just like only eating celery at an ice cream party. There’s too much temptation, and the environment doesn’t foster success. Why not take your learning a step further by surrounding yourself …

13 Russian Idioms as a Blueprint for a Better Life

Forbidden fruit is the sweetest. The best offense is a good defense. We can all benefit from sage advice to lead a better life. Some of us read self-help books and take courses, while others listen to stories from their …

Learn Russian with the 7 Best YouTube Resources for Newbs

We all love YouTube. We’ve all spent hours entertaining ourselves there. Watching hilarious videos of animals doing tricks. Watching adorable videos of babies. While we may be used to turning off YouTube in order to get some work done, …

6 of the Best Tools for Advanced Online Russian Lessons

Do you dream of walking into a Russian restaurant to order herring and pickled cabbage like a true native? Or a big plate of Селёдка под шубой (Herring under a fur coat)? No? Okay, so maybe that’s not the reason …

How to Learn Russian Grammar, One Layer at a Time

You looking, are to improve your Russian skills grammar? Don’t be confused if you opened this article with the hopes of finding tips on improving your Russian grammar, but are now thinking that the writer doesn’t know basic English.…

The Top 12 Sources to Learn Russian with Audio

A picture is worth a thousand words. The person who coined that phrase clearly never attempted to learn Russian. Russian is infamous for its difficult pronunciations, dense groupings of consonants and impossibly long words. You can, of course, learn a …

Level Up Your Russian Skills with These 6 Intermediate Courses

Хотите улучшить свой русский язык? Вы пришли в нужное место! Don’t understand a word of what was written above? Then, young grasshopper, you aren’t quite yet ready for the wisdom this article has to impart. For those who didn’t catch …

8 Awesome Movies for Russian Learners on Netflix

Want to learn Russian without leaving home, or even getting out of bed? Now you can. Don’t want to make the commitment of paying for Russian online courses or purchasing Russian textbooks? No problem! Netflix may not seem like …