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 studying doesn’t need to be a break from learning.
With games, you can take a break and learn at the same time.
Many educational websites for Russian learners and online Russian courses use games for just this reason. Students can’t study in the conventional way all day long. Making learning fun is the key to learning more information more quickly.
Online Russian games are a great way to trick your brain into thinking you’re no longer studying—while you’re actually still learning. With these six great websites, learning will never cease to be fun.
Why Play Online Russian Games?
Playing online Russian games is a good way to break up your studying without halting your education. No one can study all day. No one. But playing games? Anyone can do that.
Additionally, playing online Russian games helps you see words in a different context. They’re a fun way to look at the words you’ve studied in a whole different light. You can study all you want, but to really understand a language, you need to practice applying it.
Listening to Russian learning podcasts and reading Russian learning blogs lets you see Russian words in action, and games can do the same. Rather than connecting Russian words to English words you already know, you can often use games to connect Russian words directly to the objects and ideas they name. This will help you skip the step of translating between Russian and English in your head.
No matter what else, online Russian games are always a great option for one clear reason: they’re just plain fun.
And actually, there is a service that can provide to learners similar benefits like the ones listed above, although in a different way.
FluentU takes real-world videos—like music videos, movie trailers, news and inspiring talks—and turns them into personalized language learning lessons.
What this means is that you’ll be learning with authentic content that will expose you to the Russian language as it’s used in all kinds of contexts. Each video comes with interactive captions that let you access any word’s definition, audio pronunciation, supporting images and usages in example sentences.
You can also test your knowledge on all the material you learn with FluentU’s adaptive quizzes, which you can interpret as games or challenges! With that kind of attitude, you can probably get far in your Russian language learning and have fun the whole way through!
Now let’s talk about some fantastic websites you can visit for both your gaming and language learning needs!
Play to Learn: 6 Epic Websites Full of Russian Games
Digital Dialects offers a nice array of free games on a wide variety of topics including the alphabet, greetings, numbers and other basic vocabulary.
Most games will help beginning and intermediate students build and practice their vocabulary. However, there are also some vocabulary quizzes for more advanced learners.
One of the best things about the games here is that they’re flexible so that you can adapt them to focus on what you want to learn. You can set the games to play the audio version of the word, show the Cyrillic version of the word or show the transliteration (pronunciation) of the word.
In most Digital Dialects games, when you see or hear the word, you click the corresponding image. This way, you don’t use any English, which is a great way to force yourself to think in Russian.
The Digital Dialects game on Russian food words is a particularly fun and helpful game. In this game, you’ll be presented with a kitchen scene. When you see or hear a word, simply select the corresponding item from the kitchen. It’s great for practicing food vocabulary or preparing to work as a chef in a Russian restaurant.
Hello-World has over 600 free Russian learning games.
The website offers several categories of games and activities. Select your preferred game or activity. From there, you’ll have a nice selection of different vocabulary sets covering categories like entertainment, school, clothes, travel and more. Within those categories, there are often even more subcategories for specialized vocabulary.
The games themselves are relatively simple and enjoyable. They often feature both the Cyrillic version of the word and the audio, so you can practice both reading and listening.
The games offer a wide selection of different vocabulary sets, so there’s something for every level of Russian student.
Russian Bingo: Clothes 1 is a great game for connecting Russian clothing terms with the items themselves, all without using any English. You’ll learn useful vocabulary to identify belts, skirts, scarves, ties, socks and different types of shirts. But of all the words you’ll learn, the word you’ll be most excited to finally say is “bingo.”
Russian for Everyone
Russian for Everyone offers over 30 games in four different categories.
Select hangman games to focus on practicing spelling Russian words. Use picture and audio games to connect spoken words to their meanings. Try word and picture games to connect printed words to their meanings. Play grammar games and exercises to improve your overall grammar skills or to target your weak areas.
Each game and activity has a specific focus. Vocabulary sets include clothes, family, professions, fruits, vegetables, transportation, colors and “mixed vocabulary” which contains an array of useful terms. Grammar exercises focus on genders of nouns, plural nouns, combining adjectives with nouns and present tense.
The vocabulary and grammar in Russian for Everyone’s games are most appropriate for beginning and early intermediate Russian learners.
One great activity is Russian for Everyone’s verb conjugation exercise on singular forms which will help you nail down some basic verb conjugations. It’s a fun, interactive quiz. While it might feel repetitive, you’ll never forget these conjugations again!
Russian for Free
Russian for Free’s games come in the form of 25 timed quizzes. Some might say that quizzes aren’t games—tell that to the producers of “Jeopardy.”
Each quiz focuses on a different set of vocabulary words, so it’s a good opportunity to brush up on key terms. Topics include parts of the body, parts of the face, kitchen objects, clothes, pets, buildings and much more.
Some questions will ask you what a Russian word means, while other questions will ask you for the Russian translation of an English word. Try to answer before the time runs out. Play again and again until you’re able to answer all the questions quickly. This will help you learn the vocabulary more thoroughly.
The terms are mostly fairly basic, so it’s a good website for beginning Russian students.
Russian for Free’s quiz on parts of the house in Russian is an easy way to help test your household vocabulary.
Dino Lingo offers fun, visually stimulating Russian learning games. The games are intended for children, but they’re fun for any age group.
While Dino Lingo only offers four game options, the games are high quality. You can practice your animal names, basic verbs and food words—great topics for beginning Russian students.
Dino Lingo’s fun online word wheel is particularly enjoyable. It will help you learn your animal names and practice your shooting skills at the same time.
I know what you’re thinking—Steam offers Russian games? Indeed, it does.
Simply follow Steam’s simple directions to change your language setting. Then, you can download great Russian-language games directly to your computer.
Playing your favorite games in Russian is a great way to practice your Russian while having fun.
Additionally, you can choose your game based on your Russian skills. For instance, beginners will have no trouble understanding their favorite game regardless of the language. If you’re looking to try a new game, though, it will be easier to choose a game that isn’t too text-heavy. More advanced students can handle games they’re less familiar with and games with more text.
One great option for any Russian learner is “The Sims 3.” Since “The Sims” series revolves around a lot of everyday things like greetings, professions, food and basic activities, the words you learn through the game can easily apply to your everyday life. It’s a terrific way to see common vocabulary in context.
So go ahead and take a game break!
It’s a fun way to improve your Russian language skills.
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