Feeling Fancy? Then Use These 9 Best Websites to Learn Russian!

Using websites to learn Russian is one of life’s little luxuries.

Online Russian resources are so convenient that they make you feel like you just won the learning lottery.

And you don’t have to stop at just one: Mixing and matching your favorites can provide you with an even more well-rounded Russian education.

Below, I’ll share with you nine of the best websites to learn Russian. Find your favorite(s)!

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Why Use Websites to Learn Russian?

Learning Russian through websites is convenient. After all, you can access them anytime, anywhere. That’s a luxury that classroom learning doesn’t offer.

Plus, websites offer a wide array of useful materials to help you learn Russian. You can mix and match between different websites or select your favorite website. You can use websites to learn Russian from scratch or just focus on improving your weaknesses.

Finally, websites offer something for any Russian learner. Regardless of your learning level or learning style, there’s a great website out there from you.

So try these nine sublime websites to learn Russian with the luxury you deserve!

Only the Finest: 9 Best Websites to Learn Russian

1. Grammatica

Grammatica is a subscription service that offers a lot of helpful features for Russian students. While several universities subscribe to it to help their students, individuals can also subscribe.

Grammatica is primarily a text editor. You can cut and paste any Russian text into Grammatica, and Grammatica will immediately add stress marks to help aid in your pronunciation, provide translations to help you learn word meanings and offer grammar rules to help you understand the rules that govern the language. This enables you to use any Russian text you find as a learning tool.

Plus, if you want to enter in a word in Russian, Grammatica allows you to use your standard keyboard and transliterates what you write into Cyrillic script. This is very helpful for any Russian students who haven’t yet learned to type with a Cyrillic keyboard.

Individual subscriptions to Grammatica start at $10 per month based on length of subscription.

2. FluentU

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The FluentU program offers authentic Russian videos for learners—that is, videos made by and for native Russian speakers. This includes videos like movie trailers and clips, music videos, classic cartoons, news segments, vlogs and much more.

FluentU provides you with the support to make each video a learning experience. Videos include interactive subtitles that show definitions when on demand. Just hover over or click on any word as the video is playing to see a definition, associated image, multiple example sentences and an audio pronunciation.

The built-in dictionary is contextual, so you’ll see the meaning of a word as it’s used in the context of the sentence it appears in. FluentU’s dictionary is also video-enhanced. This means that, in addition to the sentence examples, each word comes with video clips that show the word in use in other videos across the program’s video library.

You can also add the word as a flashcard to your vocabulary list, then practice them using personalized exercises that test your listening, reading, typing and speaking skills.

You can try FluentU for free on the website or download the FluentU app from the iTunes or Google Play store.

3. Memrise

Memrise is dedicated to helping students learn languages. It offers users the ability to create materials, compete with friends and more.

Memrise offers six leveled Russian lessons. These lessons will teach you basic to intermediate grammar and vocabulary.

Memrise also offers a lot of user-created material like vocabulary lists that you can use to further your education long after you’ve completed the leveled lessons.

The basic version of Memrise is free. Purchasing the pro version, however, gives you access to more learning modes. Prices for the pro version start at under $5 per month.

4. Instagram

Sure, Instagram might not be known as the go-to destination for language education, but it has some great options. There are over 13,000 posts tagged with #learnRussian, and many of these posts offer great learning material.

Some Instagram accounts use regular posts as mini-language lessons. For instance, Yes Russian and Russian Up post some great learning material that takes only a few seconds at a time to digest.

5. Readlang

Readlang offers a browser extension or a downloadable app that can turn any Russian-language website into a helpful lesson.

Readlang instantly translates websites. Unlike other translation services, however, Readlang does not immediately reveal the whole translation. Instead, it allows you to highlight words or phrases to see their translations, giving you practice reading words and phrases you know, and assistance with any you might not know yet. Plus, anything you highlight is saved as a flashcard so you can easily practice them.

The basic version is free to download and provides you with 10 phrase translations per day and unlimited flashcards and word translations. A $5 monthly subscription provides you with unlimited phrase translations, word translations and flashcards.

6. Mango Languages

Mango Languages focuses on teaching you the rules of Russian by practicing with useful phrases based on common scenarios. It’s ideal for beginning and intermediate Russian students. You’ll learn both grammar and vocabulary in easy, digestible chunks. Plus, its audio examples aim to give you perfect pronunciation.

Subscriptions start at about $14.50 per month based on length of subscription. However, Mango Languages is used by many libraries, so you might want to check to see if you can get free access through your local library.

7. LinguaLift

Designed by a team from Harvard, Stanford and Oxford, LinguaLift was made to help busy people learn languages.

Study coaches work with you to create a learning plan and support you throughout your learning journey. Your education will incorporate words and phrases that you can use in real-life situations and provide you with cultural insights. Spaced repetition is used to encourage long-term retention of words.

Plus, you won’t find the old, stale textbook examples at LinguaLift. Instead, LinguaLift incorporates wit and charm to make lessons more engaging (and, perhaps, to prepare you to be just as charming in Russian).

LinguaLift subscriptions start at just $17 per month based on subscription length.

8. Centre for International Education

Developed by the Centre for International Education at Moscow State University, this program offers a nice selection of materials for beginning Russian students.

It includes introductory phonetics, basic words and phrases, tests, grammar rules and cultural information. The program uses videos with clay animation to teach lessons, while supportive text and exercises reinforce your learning.

There’s also a media section featuring folk songs, film clips, games and exercises, so there are plenty of great materials for anyone learning Russian.

Plus, this website is entirely free!

9. Ruspeach

Ruspeach offers fun dialogues based around comic strips to help you learn Russian.

Each dialogue contains the audio and printed version of the text along with the English translations. Each dialogue revolves around a theme like “zoo.” At the end of each dialogue, there’s a test you must pass in order to earn “peaches” to unlock the next lesson.

Ruspeach also offers a number of games to test your learning and “textbook” sections to provide additional study opportunities.

Ruspeach offers some free material, with more available for purchase. Access to additional dialogues, tests and vocabulary lists costs $12.80 per year. You can also pick and choose which components you wish to purchase.

 

So check out these nine great websites to learn Russian, and enjoy some of life’s little luxuries!

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