6 Online Russian Exercise Resources to Work Up a Sweat
Language skills are like muscles: If you don’t work them out, they become harder to use and turn into fat!
Well, okay, maybe languages don’t turn into fat. But it does become harder to use your language skills if you haven’t worked them out in a while.
That’s why doing your Russian exercises is so important!
Save some trees (and expensive printer ink) by getting online and heading to these resources with Russian exercises right in your browser!
- How to Use Online Exercises to Improve Your Russian
- How to Type in Russian
- 6 Resources for Online Russian Exercises
How to Use Online Exercises to Improve Your Russian
Exercises are meant to be used in conjunction with other learning methods. They’re like the unit test you used to get in school to make sure you remember everything.
Use them to:
- Supplement other learning methods. Exercises aren’t necessarily meant to be used on their own to learn Russian. They work best as a companion to Russian textbooks, listening practice sessions and any other ways you like to learn.
- Test yourself on specific topics. To gauge your progress, do some exercises before you study a topic, then do them again right after. Use your improvement to home in on specific problem areas.
- Recap after a study session. A great way to drill information into your mind is by making exercises a part of your study session. Spend about five minutes doing some exercises after you study to further reinforce the topic or concept you were learning.
- Keep things fresh in your mind. Do you still remember everything you learned a month ago? Two months ago? Doing exercises on topics you’ve already covered can help keep them in the forefront of your mind so you don’t forget them.
How to Type in Russian
In order to complete a few of the exercises on our list below, you’ll need to type in Russian.
The first thing you’ll want to do is download a Russian language pack.
You can do this through the official Windows website or by following some simple instructions for Mac users.
Locating the correct keys may take some time, but you can make Russian typing a lot easier by buying a special keyboard (search for “English Russian keyboard” for more options), or just getting Russian letter stickers to add to your current keyboard.
On mobile devices, you should be able to add the Russian keyboard through your device’s keyboard preferences (usually in the “languages”) section.
Some browsers, programs and add-ons (like Gmail, for instance) allow you to change the input language. How you do this will vary based on what you’re using.
Not sure how to get it to work in the browser? Don’t worry, there’s another option: Use an online Russian typing program, like one of these:
- TypeIt’s Russian virtual keyboard
- The Automatic Cyrillic Converter
- The Latin to Cyrillic Converter (this one works in the way that’s closest to having an actual Russian keyboard)
However you do it, we recommend that you don’t skip this step! If you’re learning Russian, being able to use it online and on your computer will be useful in the long run.
Now that you know how to type in Russian, it’s time to get that workout started!
6 Resources for Online Russian Exercises
Learn Russian is like a robust interactive Russian textbook with 100 lessons that will take you from complete beginner to advanced Russian user. As you make your way through the lessons, the program tracks your progress and gives you a clear sense of what you’ve learned well and what can still use some drilling.
The exercises here are part of the core learning method: Each lesson begins with a brief introduction to the topic and new vocabulary words, then leads right into the drills.
Exercises are varied and test different aspects of your Russian learning, so you’ll get plenty of practice in on every new topic you learn. Learn Russian will have you dragging and dropping words into the right spots, matching words to pictures, writing in your own answers, using audio to answer and much more. It’s an engaging and effective way to retain information you’ve learned!
Once you’ve completed all the lessons in one unit, take the unit test to see how well you’ve learned the information!
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:
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.
Access a complete interactive transcript of every video under the Dialogue tab. Easily review words and phrases with audio under Vocab.
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.
And FluentU always keeps track of vocabulary that you’re learning. It uses that information to give you a 100% personalized experience by recommending videos and examples.
Start using the FluentU website on your computer or tablet or, better yet, download the FluentU app from the iTunes or Google Play store. Click here to take advantage of our current sale! (Expires at the end of this month.)
Russian for Free
We’ve recommended Russian for Free before, and with good reason: The website boasts a huge range of lessons, vocab and grammar information and Russian learning tips and games. Unsurprisingly, they also have a pretty great exercise section!
The exercises here are specifically focused on noun and adjective cases. Depending on your learning level, you can choose your difficulty level by only testing one gender at a time, or mixing things up for a challenge.
Exercises are presented with a drop-down menu of choices, and a text box below each question lets you know if you got it right or not. A counter on the top left keeps track of how many you got right on the first try. Got a low number? You’ll probably want to study the case again.
These exercises act as a good supplement for learning cases. Study a case, then head to Russian for Free to test your skills in actually forming it. Although the exercises are divided into “beginner,” “intermediate” and “advanced,” we recommend that you be at least at intermediate level before you attempt them.
“Golosa” (George Washington University)
This collection of quizzes is presented through Quia, and covers a nice range of beginner-level conversational topics like the weather, asking for directions, hobbies and other essentials for those just starting out with the language.
These exercises are meant to accompany Book 2 of the “Голоса” (“Golosa” [Voices]) workbook. This means that it’s meant to be done in a classroom with a teacher to check your answers, and as a result, the exercises in this resource are typically free-form and can’t be checked.
Still, this is a great resource if you’re trying to actually use the language in conversation, as it will prompt you to start writing more and using the concepts you’ve learned to form correct sentences.
Just a caveat: The quizzes don’t allow you to copy and paste—this is done to prevent cheating, but it can exclude you if you rely on the virtual keyboards we linked to earlier in this post.
If you prefer being able to check your answers, head over to the exercises for Book 1 of the “Golosa” series, which is also available online for free.
These exercises are more traditional in nature and offer multiple-choice and fill-in-the-blank questions that do offer the correct answer to check your own against.
The content here is even more beginner-friendly, covering common words and phrases, some grammar concepts and translation exercises.
“Learning to Communicate in Russian” (UCLA)
Learn Russian from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) thanks to this resource! Although the university has moved on to a shiny new locked website design, this resource is still available online for free for anyone to use.
This first-year beginner-friendly resource is like an entire online textbook. Listen to audio clips, use PDF study guides and flashcards and, of course, complete exercises on this awesome website.
Exercises cover every possible aspect of Russian learning: Listening comprehension, reading and writing cursive, writing out answers, fill-in-the-blank (with the Cyrillic letters right there in the quiz for you to click on—no special keyboard necessary!) and so much more.
With this resource, you get to experience a college-level course and a free online textbook in one! All that’s missing is the teacher.
Whew. Breathe in, breathe out. Do some stretches. Have you worked up a sweat with all this exercising?
Remember to work out your Russian muscles regularly with the resources in this post!