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Type in Russian Like a Native with 6 Handy Practice Sites

Knowing how to type in Russian is an underrated skill that’s surprisingly important for Russian fluency.

You need it to text and chat with your Russian friends, or if you hope to study or work in Russia.

In this post, I’ll show you my six favorite Russian typing practice sites, with everything from Russian typing races to typing your way through the Russian news.

But first, you’ll need to be able to type Cyrillic characters on your computer for most of the typing practice sites listed in this article. Most operating systems allow you to choose a language (here are instructions for Mac and Windows).

To know which keys correspond to Russian letters, you can purchase a Russian keyword or simply tape cutouts of Russian letters to each key (the bootleg version!).


1. 10FastFingers

Best for: Tracking your typing progress

10FastFingers evaluates how fast you can type in Russian. Then, you can set measurable goals to help you increase your speed and accuracy.

The site offers typing tests in multiple languages, so set the language to Russian using the green dropdown menu on the upper left side of the text box.

This site presents a series of random words you have one minute to type out. After you’re done, the test will generate your typing score per minute.

When you’re ready, you can choose an advanced typing test of over 1,000 words or even enter typing competitions with other players to improve your speed and accuracy! Find these and other fun features on the left side of the screen.

2. Keybr

Best for: Personalized typing lessons

This website provides easy online lessons to help you learn to type in Russian.

It aims to stop people from using the “hunt-and-peck” typing style of searching for each letter. Instead, you’ll learn to use touch typing by engaging muscle memory.

Click on Settings, then Keyboard Layout and change the language and layout to Russian.

The Settings area also allows you to customize your learning experience with guided lessons, import text from a different website and upload your own custom text.

Keybr also uses a unique algorithm to adjust the tutorials to your personal needs and levels.

The site collects detailed statistics about how fast and accurately you type each letter and will provide increased opportunities to practice the letters that come hardest to you.

3. Klavogonki

Best for: Gamified typing practice

This and some of the sites below are entirely Russian, perfect for an immersive experience that intermediate and advanced learners may seek.

Roughly translated as “the race to computer keys,” Klavogonki aims to increase your speed as you type in Russian.

The exercises on this site are designed as games, ensuring you never get bored and motivating you as you compete against other users.

Each game is designed as a race where you compete to be the fastest to move your car to the finish line. The winner is the person who types all of the text correctly the fastest. When you make a mistake, your car will stall until you correct it. At the end of each game, the site shows the typing speed of each player.

Players accumulate points as they progress and can upgrade the basic car that everyone gets for other models.

One of the coolest features about Klavogonki is that some of the material includes parts of Russian books, so you can get acquainted with Russian literature while playing and learning to type in Russian.

4. Stamina

Best for: Typing practice for the computer

Another fully Russian site, Stamina targets “grandparents as well as their parents!” In other words, people might who not be tech-savvy but still need to learn how to type.

Even if you don’t have any grandchildren yet, don’t dismiss this site as a helpful aid for increasing your typing efficiency in Russian.

The keyboard simulator and lessons help you memorize the location of the keys to use your fingers to type blindly (another perk for the elderly!)

In reviews, users have praised its easy-to-use interface and the ability to type from the preselected texts on the site or upload your own text.

While some other sites offer those features, Stamina takes it further by allowing users to dictate the content they want to practice typing. This can be a big advantage to prepare for a Russian test or practice typing specific vocabulary.

Plus, the site provides graphs with statistics about your progress, helping you keep track as you take lessons and practice what you’ve learned.

5. Ratatype

Best for: Typing certificates for your resume

If you’re looking for a job and one of the requirements is a certain typing speed, Ratatype can provide you with the necessary certification.

Each certificate has a rating:

  • Silver for over 200 characters per minute with 15 errors or less
  • Gold for over 250 characters per minute with five errors or less
  • Platinum for 350 characters per minute with two errors or less

The site doesn’t limit you to a single test—you can take it as many times as needed if you are unhappy with your score.

Plus, Ratatype offers lessons and tips on becoming a better Russian typer. Another perk of this site is that all lessons can be completed with a virtual keyboard in the browser.

6. Sense-Lang

Best for: Typing the world’s news

Sense-Lang gives you a double-whammy: typing practice plus catching up on current events in Russian.

You don’t type random word arrangements or snippets from books, but actual headlines from the Google News feed.

Choose this option from the left sidebar. Not only does this boost your cultural knowledge and Russian reading comprehension, but it also helps hold your attention throughout the typing drills.

It lets you start with the basics, practicing a few letters at a time.

You type the text, and when you get it wrong, the screen will play a sound and show you the correct letter location on the keyboard.


The six hand-picked resources in this article will help you learn your current typing speed, utilize online lessons to improve, practice, play games and race against others to get your competitive juices flowing! 

And if these aren’t enough for you, you’ll find plenty of opportunities to practice typing in Russian online.

For example, FluentU has adaptive quizzes asking you to type out vocabulary words you’ve saved.

These quizzes even integrate videos showing clips where the word is used.

You can see many more authentic videos for learning and context on FluentU, from movie clips and music videos to news segments and inspirational talks. Use the interactive subtitles on these to save more words to study and repeat the learning cycle.

Typing tutorials help you improve your speed, so you can learn to type any document, email, essay or novel in no time!

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