27 Terrific Russian Apps for All Levels That Make Learning Mobile

Hey, Russian learners! The internet is your best friend.

Beyond offering you access to news, entertainment and pizza on demand without having to speak to a real person, the modern era has also made learning the Russian language much easier.

Yes, these days you can watch Russian learning videos, enjoy Russian TV, read Russian learning books, follow Russian blogs and listen to Russian podcasts all from the comfort of your nearest internet-enabled mobile device.

Bet your grandma couldn’t learn Russian like that!

Best of all, you can learn Russian while you’re waiting in line, taking public transit or just lounging on the couch. Those are the best times to whip out your favorite handy-dandy Russian learning app!

Imagine that: an entire learning program that you can stick into your pocket and take with you wherever you go. 

Not sure which app to get? No problem! I’ve rounded up 27 of the best Russian learning apps for any level, whether you’re just starting out, are at the intermediate level or consider yourself an advanced user of the Russian language.

Apps for All Skill Level

Want an all-in-one app to cover all your needs throughout your learning journey? Try one of these!

Learn Russian Words Free

Available: Android

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Learn Russian Words Free is designed to take learners’ vocabulary from the beginner to the advanced level.

The app has a plethora of features including a 10,000-word flashcard set, focused courses to help you learn specific vocabulary themes (pick-up lines, slang, business Russian, etc.), quizzes and the option to create your own vocabulary lists.

Additionally, it offers a listening mode and even a sleep-learning mode, which allow you to continue learning even when you’re doing something else (like driving or sleeping, respectively). You can also adjust the learning speed to meet your needs and learning style.

Plus, Learn Russian Words Free is, in fact, completely free, making it a great introductory app for Russian learners looking to study on their mobile devices.

Busuu

Available: Website | iOS | Android

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Busuu offers a complete Russian language course that will take you from the alphabet to comfortably discussing various topics in Russian.

Not sure what stage you’re at? The app provides a placement test when you sign up to help you determine where to start learning.

The free version gives you access to interactive activities and quizzes. If you decide to pay for Busuu Premium, you’ll get offline capabilities, review sessions and grammar lessons. Premium Plus will net you some additional features like a personalized study plan, conversation practice with Russian speakers and the ability to earn official certification in Russian language studies.

Busuu is a nice app for anyone who likes the traditional classroom setting but doesn’t have the time or money to attend a course.

Take the free version for a spin and if you’re craving the Premium features, you can always sign up and get your money back within the first seven days.

FluentU

Available: Website | iOS | Android

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FluentU’s language learning app is an excellent all-around app to have. It makes authentic content approachable at any level—yes, even for beginners!

This means that the app will grow with you as you progress in your Russian learning.

FluentU takes real-world videos—like music videos, movie trailers, news and inspiring talks—and turns them into personalized language learning lessons.

Plus, the videos are all naturally entertaining since they come from the shows, movies and channels that native Russian-speakers enjoy on the regular. You can watch documentary footage, television show clips, funny commericals and more all while learning the Russian language!

Take a quick look at what FluentU has on offer for yourself:

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Didn't catch something? Go back and listen again. Missed a word? FluentU makes native Russian videos approachable through interactive captions. Tap or click on any word to see a definition, in-context usage examples, audio pronunciation, helpful images and more.

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Access a complete interactive transcript of every video under the Dialogue tab. Easily review words and phrases with audio under Vocab.

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Don’t stop there, though! Use FluentU’s quizzes to actively practice all the vocabulary in any video. Swipe left or right to see more examples of the word you're on.

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And FluentU always keeps track of vocabulary that you’re learning. It uses that information to give you a 100% personalized experience. You’ll get extra practice with difficult words. It'll even remind you when it’s time to review what you’ve learned.

Start using FluentU on the website, or better yet, download the FluentU app from the iTunes store.

Beginner

These apps are a great starting point if you’re new to the Russian language. Between them, you’ll learn some key Russian words, how to read the Russian alphabet and how to put together simple sentences.

Duolingo

Available: Website | iOS | Android

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Do you wish you could learn through playing games? Then Duolingo could be the perfect app for you!

When you use Duolingo, you can count on two things: You’ll learn Russian by playing games and you’ll learn Russian in bite-sized chunks. Duolingo aims to teach you Russian in as little as five minutes per day.

Five minutes per day… playing games? That sounds a little too good to be true, doesn’t it?

On the contrary, according to Duolingo, studies show that you’ll learn as much in 34 hours with Duolingo as you would in one semester of taking Russian in college. The big difference? You don’t have to take out student loans to learn with Duolingo.

Duolingo has you forming Russian sentences from the beginning, through interactive sentence-building exercises. If you answer a question incorrectly in a game, the app shows you how to fix your mistake. In this way, Duolingo takes on the role of a teacher.

The Duolingo Plus plan will level up your game, giving you an ad-free experience, offline access and quizzes to track your progress. 

Although Duolingo does technically go beyond the beginner level of Russian, the app is fairly simple. It’ll definitely teach you a good foundation in the Russian language, but you won’t become fluent or even conversant in it using Duolingo alone.

That said, it’s ideal for getting started, learning vocabulary and building a long-term language learning routine!

Drops: Learn Russian

Available: Website | iOS | Android

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Drops, like Duolingo, promises language learning in just five minutes per day. However, the two apps focus on different priorities.

Drops places a heavy emphasis on vocabulary. Grammar isn’t part of the equation! For this reason, it’s probably best suited for beginners who want to learn the basics before jumping into declension or cases.

The app also provides illustrations for each vocab word to help you remember the term.

Drops focuses on vocab and topics you’re most likely to encounter if you travel to a Russian-speaking country. If you plan on traveling or just want to be sure you learn practical words, Drops could be for you.

You can learn Russian with this app for free, though a premium account gives you access to numerous bonus features. For example, you won’t see any ads, you’ll have access to more topics and you’ll have the option to restart a topic.

Memrise

Available: Website | iOS | Android

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Memrise also incorporates gamified teaching methods, but less so than Duolingo and Drops. It also includes more traditional teaching strategies, making it a great app for anyone who likes games but needs a bit more structure in their study routine.

The app’s biggest claim to fame is its spaced repetition software, or SRS. This technology spaces out the Russian vocabulary words in your lessons and quizzes in a way that’s scientifically proven to help you remember them best.

However, Memrise has recently expanded its offerings to incorporate a more immersive experience, incorporating more structure into its program as well as authentic videos from real Russian speakers.

Memrise is free to download and use, but paying for Memrise Pro gives you bonuses like offline access, reviews of your learning history and a wider variety of activities.

Mondly: Learn Russian

Available: WebsiteiOS | Android

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Mondly focuses on conversational Russian. This means you’ll learn practical vocabulary and sentence structure, hear native accents and practice pronunciation.

The goal is to help you learn lots of words and form sentences quickly. To do this, the app focuses on speech repetition and conversation.

But it offers more than that! When a verb appears, you can click it to see its meaning and a full list of conjugations. There are also games, and you can even compete with friends.

Plus, Mondly has a speech recognition feature to help you improve your pronunciation. Just speak into your phone’s microphone, and the app will assess your Russian accent.

It’s difficult to find language learning apps that place a huge focus on speaking skills. Mondly is fantastic for learners wishing to amp up their speaking speed, pronunciation and conversational skills.

Mondly also has other cool tech features like a chatbot, augmented reality learning and even a virtual reality option.

The app is free to download and includes a limited number of lessons, one new lesson per day, weekly quizzes and monthly assessments. If you want access to more lessons and features (including the speech recognition tool), you can sign up for Premium.

Babbel

Available: Website | iOS | Android

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Babbel offers 10- to 15-minute lessons, so they’re easy to jam into even the tightest schedule. The course aims to help users learn practical conversation skills.

The app has exercises to improve your listening, speaking, reading and writing skills. There’s a speech recognition feature you can use to help you boost your pronunciation.

Additionally, the focus on both grammar and vocabulary will give you a well-rounded Russian education.

You can try the first lesson for free. This is a great way to see if you like the format before spending money on a paid subscription to the app.

And the best thing is that you don’t have to install a Russian keyboard, because Babbel has a built-in one ready to be used!

Cyrillic (Russian Alphabet)

Available: Android

Trying to master Cyrillic? This app is the ultimate guide to the Russian alphabet, and any Russian language student with access to the Google Play store should give it a go.

Use the app to learn how to read and write Cyrillic, and to hear audio clips so you can match sounds with the letters and words.

You can even learn how to write Russian in cursive! Next time a Baby Boomer complains that kids these days aren’t learning how to write in cursive, just respond, “Oh yeah? Well, I can write Russian in cursive. Boo-yah!” That’ll show ‘em.

This app even teaches users the history of the Cyrillic alphabet. Not only is this helpful in understanding how the system works, but it’s just fun information to have in your back pocket for cocktail parties.

Beginners are the target audience of this app because you probably want to have a handle on the alphabet before anything else. You’ll learn Cyrillic through audio clips, flashcards, integrated lessons and quizzes, and you’ll be able to practice what you learn with reading exercises.

Cyrillic (Russian Alphabet) is free to download, with in-app purchases available for a few dollars each.

Russian Cyrillic in 3 Hours

Available: iOS | Android

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Russian Cyrillic in 3 Hours isn’t quite as expansive as the Cyrillic (Russian Alphabet) app, but it’s great for anyone who wants to get through the alphabet quickly before moving on to other aspects of the Russian language.

Maybe you want to skip over perfecting cursive and learning about the history of the alphabet and just want to memorize the basics. This app will help you do that.

Users praise this app for its easy instruction. It does a good job of making the alphabet easy for English speakers to understand and explaining how certain Russian words are similar to English words.

Additionally, its focus on contextual learning and the inclusion of real-world examples will help you see the alphabet in action and understand the importance of knowing it well before you actually start learning Russian.

Due to its limited scope, Russian Cyrillic in 3 Hours is best suited for beginners, and it’s really meant as a supplemental resource. Use the app to learn the alphabet, then use another app on this list to build other skills.

Russian Cyrillic in 3 Hours is completely free.

Rosetta Stone

Available: Website | iOS | Android

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Rosetta Stone is a language-learning method that’s been in the market for decades already.

With the help of exercises that include images and native Russian audio, Rosetta uses Spaced Repetition to teach you vocabulary and grammar through practice instead of rules.

Even though they claim to make you fluent in your language of choice, after trying the app with a couple of languages, I don’t think you can get much further than the B1/B2 level.

For that reason, Rosetta is a good app for beginner Russian learners who already know the basics and want to learn some extra vocabulary while listening to native Russian speakers.

Rosetta Stone has a fantastic speech recognition engine, so beginner students can start practicing their speaking skills from the get-go. And if you want to practice some Russian reading, the Stories section includes short passages with which you can practice your reading, listening and speaking abilities.

Intermediate

If you’re at the intermediate level, then you’ve reached a crossroads. Beginner resources are too easy for you, but you can’t quite understand advanced or authentic Russian content yet. These apps target the in-between point of the intermediate level.

Write It! Russian

Available: Website | iOS | Android

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Want to beef up your Russian writing skills? Check out Write It! Russian.

Write It! Russian could be a good app to download after thoroughly exploring the previously mentioned Cyrillic (Russian Alphabet) or Russian Cyrillic in 3 Hours apps.

Now that you have a firm understanding of the alphabet, it’s time to learn how to write words, sentences and even complex paragraphs.

You’ve probably heard about speech recognition already, but did you know there’s also handwriting recognition?

Yeah, with Write It! Russian, you’ll be writing with your fingers! Just follow the blue dot and do your best.

This app’s guide breaks down writing in Russian step-by-step and stroke-by-stroke. It also offers audio clips so you can match the words with pronunciation.

Write It! Russian offers rewards as you write more quickly. This is helpful if you’re, say, preparing for a timed exam like the National Examinations in World Languages (NEWL) or the Test Of Russian as a Foreign Language (TORFL) exam.

It’s also useful if you’re just trying to become more fluent. Learning to write at a natural pace can be just as useful as learning to speak at a natural pace.

Learn Russian 15,000 Words

Available: iOS | Android 

Designed for both adults and children, Learn Russian 15,000 Words by Fun Easy Learn uses flashcards along with a nice selection of games to help learners pick up new vocabulary in the form of words and phrases.

Since the focus is entirely on vocabulary, this is a great tool for intermediate-level learners who already know the grammar basics but are looking to be able to discuss a wider array of topics.

Vocabulary is grouped thematically, making it easy to select an area where you need growth and get to work. There are seven levels and over 120 topics and subtopics, including people, clothes, health, shopping, education, sports and transport, just to name a few.

The first few lessons are free. After you’ve completed them, you’ll have to buy a subscription to continue learning.

HelloTalk

Available: Website | iOS | Android 

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Any student interested in practicing their speaking skills is very much welcomed to give HelloTalk a try.

HelloTalk is a superb place to find native Russian speakers around the world. The app allows you to search for a language partner/language exchange according to their native language, location, learning profile and even age.

However, I’ve added it in the intermediate section because of the nature of the app: HelloTalk only brings people together. It’s the users who do the learning and the teaching.

So, imagine you want to learn conversational Russian but you’ve never heard a word of Russian in your life. How can you be sure is actually any good at Russian?

By using HelloTalk when you already have some knowledge of Russian, you can determine if the person is a native or, at the very least, if they’re any good at Russian.

The app includes several useful tools to help you with your learning process. You have machine translation, transliteration, text messages, audio messages, voice and video chat and even text-to-voice (AI).

My favorite feature is “Moments.” This is HelloTalk’s “mini social media.” In it, you can ask and answer questions, share your thoughts, post pictures, ask native people to correct your mistakes, help others by correcting their mistakes, etc.

LingoDeer

Available: Website | iOS | Android

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LingoDeer is a relatively new app, but its quality is at the same level as other very well-known language learning apps such as Duolingo or Memrise.

With LingoDeer, you can learn Russian from scratch by following a well-organized course that includes dozens of topics such as family, colors, health, food and the weather, just to name a few.

There’s also a section to learn the Russian alphabet and a phrasebook that will come in handy if you enjoy traveling.

LingoDeer is a great app for intermediate Russian students because it includes a section (called Tips) full of cultural information and grammar explanations.

Each lesson includes a lot of exercises that allow students to learn grammar rules and new words easily, and there are also sections to target their reading and speaking skills specifically.

You’ll love the fact that all the audio included in the app has been recorded by a native Russian speaker. However, if you enjoy learning with video material, you won’t find anything here. (For video content, the best app out there for any level is FluentU.)

Tandem

Available: Website | iOS | Android 

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Tandem is another superb app for language exchanges.

Much like HelloTalk, you basically look for language partners around the world and connect with them. You teach them your language and they teach you theirs.

Language exchanges are becoming more and more popular because they’re a free way to practice the language you’re learning with a native speaker. While that’s super cool, remember Tandem’s users are just like you, i.e. people who want to learn a language, not necessarily language professionals (normally).

I’d say Tandem is the aesthetically pleasing alternative to HelloTalk. I’m not saying HelloTalk has an ugly interface, I’m just saying Tandem feels more elegant and nice to the eyes.

My favorite Tandem feature is the group chats. Just select the language partners you want to have in the group and start chatting!

You can obviously only choose people that are already on your friend list, but I find this feature very useful for practicing a language in a more realistic environment (a group convo).

Anki

Available: Website | iOS | Android 

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Anki is undoubtedly one of the big names in the flashcard world.

Originally created as a flashcard editor, it’s now become an indispensable tool to learn languages (and not only) on every platform.

Anki is completely personalizable. You can create your own flashcards from scratch, and I really mean from scratch.

You can choose the type of flashcard you want to make (including the type of exercise you want to practice with), add audio, images, explanations, translations… Almost anything is possible.

I have to admit, starting to use Anki and creating your own decks right away can be challenging. Fortunately, Anki is an app that allows you to share the decks you create and learn with decks created by other users.

That means there are hundreds of flashcard decks to learn Russian available!

Many of them include native audio (the quality varies) and/or images, and they’re often updated since users keep adding flashcards to their decks.

LingQ

Available: Website | iOS | Android 

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When I first started using LingQ, I thought it was too overwhelming because of all the features it has.

Now, I see it as one of the best apps to learn languages.

LingQ promises to let you learn languages with real Russian written or audio content, and it pretty much delivers.

You just have to choose your level of Russian and search a key word, or pick from the over 550 courses and 18500 Russian lessons it includes (oh, yes, it’s massive, by the way).

Once you’ve chosen your lesson or course, just press play and start learning.

Each lesson includes a transcription of an audio clip read by a native Russian speaker. This is fantastic to practice both your reading and pronunciation skills.

Each word is clickable, and when you click on one, you get some definitions. You’ll then get access a flashcard creator where you can personalize the definition and decide how well you know that word. 

Since LingQ’s review system is based on spaced repetition, the word will be available for review sooner or later depending on how well you say you know it. 

Every word on LingQ is color-coded depending on whether you know it already (white words), you’ve created a flashcard for it (yellow) or it’s the first time that it appears in your courses (blue).

This is a very straightforward way of managing your vocabulary and getting to know how much you already know of the language, because the more white words there are, the more Russian you factually know.

LingQ’s “Vocabulary” tab is where you can learn and review the words you’ve created flashcards for. You can do this by doing exercises with your flashcards (multiple choice, cloze tests, dictation or just plain flashcard flipping).

The app also offers Russian tutoring and proofreading/correction services for a price. You can look for a private tutor or corrector in the Tutors tab.

SemesterRus

Available: iOS | Android 

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SemesterRus is the perfect app to learn Russian and prepare yourself for the Test of Russian as a Foreign Language (TORFL).

This free app can be used by any student regardless of their level. However, the material included is demanding because of the very purpose of the app, and I think complete beginners can feel very lost at first.

SemesterRus includes three main sections:

  • Lessons: Each one of the three levels included in the app (Elementary/A1, Basic/A2 and First Certificate/B1) is divided into several lessons.

    Lessons revolve around a dialogue read by a native Russian speaker. After the dialogue, there are several subsections where students can learn the vocabulary and grammar of the lesson, do exercises and test themselves.

  • Exams: This whole section is devoted to practicing for the TORFL exam. It contains exercises similar to the ones included in the exam.

    The Grammar, Listening and Reading exercises are corrected automatically, while feedback for the Writing and Speaking sections is given by a tutor (the results take around 48 hours to be available).

  • Dictionary: This section is a deck of flashcards with Russian audio, English translations and sample phrases/sentences.

This app is perfect if you’re getting more serious about your Russian studies, whether you’re planning to take the test or not.

Advanced

At the advanced stage, you’re ready to start moving away from learner content and toward authentic content. The apps below include a mix of advanced-level learner apps and authentic Russian apps.

Russian Slang & Swear Words

Available: Android

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This might be the most fun app for learning Russian on this list. Russian Slang & Swear Words is kind of like Urban Dictionary, but for the Russian language.

This Android app provides both text and audio so you can recognize and properly pronounce the controversial vocabulary.

There are two sections, “Words” and “Collocations.”

“Words” includes single words with their translation/explanation, while “Collocations” is where all the real fun happens, since you get to see those words in context with real-world examples.

Every word and expression has been romanized, but the Cyrillic is also given.

This app is probably best suited for upper-intermediate or advanced students who can speak fairly well but want to know how to speak like a true native.

Of course, you can still get something out of it if you’re a lower-level learner, because who doesn’t like learning inappropriate words in a foreign language?

Best of all, Russian Slang & Swear Words is completely free!

BBC Russian

Available: Website | iOS | Android

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You may already know the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) as one of the most respected news sources out there. Thanks to the BBC Russian app, you can access the same high-quality news content in Russian.

With this app, you can read about Russian and international news in the Russian language. Explore topics ranging from economics and science to sports and fashion. 

Additionally, you can practice your listening comprehension skills in the Βидео (Video) section.

BBC Russian is ideal for advanced students who want to crank up their reading skills. If you’re growing bored of reading shallow Russian content, dive into reading about the latest political issues.

If you don’t have internet access, you can access the top three most current stories in each category without Wi-Fi.

Best of all, you can read in Russian and learn about the culture for free with this app.

Clozemaster

Available: Website | iOS | Android

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If you’re an advanced Russian student (or a very brave intermediate one) who loves sentence mining and cloze tests, you’re in for a treat.

Clozemaster uses sentences taken from Tatoeba and transforms them into cloze tests.

There are almost 20,000 Russian sentences with which you can practice, and the database is being constantly updated, since Tatoeba is a project in which volunteer native speakers gather and translate sentences from texts in the public domain.

Clozemaster gives you a ton of sentences in Russian and you decide how you want to learn them, always based on the same type of exercise: Cloze tests.

You can choose one of three skills to practice:

  • Vocabulary: You get flashcards of sentences where a word is missing.
  • Speaking: It looks similar to the Vocabulary section, but you can record your voice. The speech recognition system will write what it hears, so you can check how close (or far) you are from the answer.
  • Listening: Before you do the cloze test, you get to listen to the whole Russian sentence. This section is obviously perfect for practicing your listening comprehension.

While you’re learning, you can see the percentage of mastery you’ve acquired for each sentence. You can also edit the flashcards, add notes, mark sentences as “Mastered” or tell Clozemaster to ignore certain sentences altogether.

If you want a real challenge, choose the option “Text Input” instead of “Multiple Choice” when setting up your learning round. Instead of getting different options, you’ll have to write (in Russian, obviously!) the missing words.

Russian Podcast

Available: Website | iOS

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With 339 episodes and counting, Russian Podcast is a superb way for advanced students to practice their listening skills and improve their Russian pronunciation while they get to know about topics such as spices, clothes, books, horoscopes and many, many more.

Tatiana, the host of the podcast, will help you learn Russian in a completely immersive way. This means the podcast episodes are completely in Russian.

When there’s a word she considers difficult, she’ll explain it with simpler words, but she’ll never give you a translation. All you’ll hear is native Russian!

Even though she gives each episode a level (Beginner, Intermediate or Advanced), I think advanced students can benefit the most from this podcast because they’ll get that Russian immersion and final push they need to reach fluency.

However, if you’re a beginner or intermediate student, you can give the easier episodes a try and decide if the podcast is for you.

The podcast is free, but you can buy thematic transcript bundles (including Useful Russian, Intermediate Russian and Russian Culture, among other themes).

Each bundle includes 50 transcripts (from random videos related to the theme of the bundle) plus original audio content not available for non-paying students.

You can also make a donation to get a PDF document with a ton of translation exercises from English and French into Russian with solutions.

Орфография: Диктант (Spelling: Dictation)

Available: iOS | Android

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Imagine an app where you can listen to and read fragments of Russian and foreign masterpieces while you practice your Russian spelling and listening comprehension skills.

Imagine that this app also tells you if the missing letters you’ve introduced are right or not after you finish your dictation.

Finally, imagine that this app is completely free of charge.

Well, imagine no more, because that’s exactly what Орфография: Диктант is!

I’m sure your Russian spelling will go through the roof with this app, but what I find most beautiful about it is the chance you get to know pieces of literature you can later read in Russian.

If you’re a bookworm, you’re going to love this one.

Лайм HD TV (Lime HD TV)

Available: Website | iOS | Android

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A list of Russian apps has to include one where you can enjoy watching Russian TV and get immersed in the language by watching the content you really like (much like FluentU but without the additional learning features).

With Lime HD TV, you get access to over 300 free Russian channels (including TNT, NTV, CTC, Russia-1 and OTP, among others) as well as hundreds of movies, series and cartoons in Russian (some channels require you to pay).

Whether you’re interested in news, nature, romance, action, shopping or entertainment, you’ll find something to watch anytime, anywhere.

The majority of the reviews I’ve read say the audio and video quality of the service is fantastic. Enjoy!

Авторадио (Autoradio)

Available: Website | iOS | Android

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For those of you who love listening to the radio while having a relaxing cup of coffee, cleaning the house or commuting to work, I couldn’t finish this list without including an app to listen to the radio.

Autoradio includes content for almost any type of student.

There’s a lot of Russian music, news, sports and even programs about cars.

It’s true that music is what you’ll listen to the most here, but the news breaks are quite lengthy, and you’ll get to listen to a lot of Russian in the songs, between songs and in the programs that aren’t focused on music.

Why Use Russian Apps?

I’ve already hinted at why apps are the best for your Russian learning needs. Need more? Here are a couple of excellent reasons to install these apps right now!

  • You can use Russian apps on the go. There’s nothing more convenient than having all the learning materials you need on your phone or tablet. It makes it easy to squeeze your Russian learning into any time you have available.
  • They offer a wide variety of approaches, so there’s something for everyone.

    Don’t like one app? Try another! There are so many options that you’re sure to find one that suits your needs and interests. Or, you can mix and match so you have a few different apps to tackle Russian from every possible angle.

  • There’s an app for any level of Russian learner. Not only can you jump in at whatever level you’re at now, but you can also grow into the higher levels of the learning app as you learn. It’s like leveling up in the game of learning.

What to Look for in a Russian App

So you want to download a Russian app. How do you know which app you should get? Here are some pointers:

  • Think about which skill(s) you want to develop. Some of the apps on this list help you build multiple Russian language skills, while others focus on just one or two.

    Which abilities are you trying to improve—reading, writing, speaking, listening? All of the above? Think about how you want to grow, then download two or three apps that fit your needs.

  • Choose an app that suits your learning style. Let’s face it, flashcards aren’t necessarily for everyone. Neither are audio clips without text. Everyone learns in different ways. Read about how the following apps teach you Russian, then choose a few that’ll work with your learning style.

    For example, if you’re an auditory learner, you may not want to focus on an app that only displays written text.

  • Make sure it’s suited for your learning level. Are you an advanced student? Then you wouldn’t want to download an app that meets your learning style and targets your desired skills… only to discover all the material is pretty basic.
  • Check out in-app purchases. Many of the apps on this list are free! Or, at the very least, they offer a free trial.

    But many also have Premium options or in-app purchases. Take a look at what’s included in the free plan, then what’s included in the paid plan or in-app purchases. If you really want the features that paid subscriptions or purchases provide, consider investing in the app. It’ll pay off in the long run, with improved Russian skills!

 

With so many great apps to help you learn Russian, the only thing that could possibly stand in your way of learning Russian is running low on data.

So, hop onto your phone and start learning!


This post was updated on 9/18/2021 by Francisco J. Vare

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