THE BEST RESOURCES FOR LEARNING RUSSIAN

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Welcome to our list of the best Russian resources for learners available online. We've organized the websites and apps we chose by category to make them easier to navigate. Browse through these resources to learn Russian and click on a title or image to try one out. Happy learning!

Memorizing Vocabulary

Techniques and apps for learning words and phrases

MosaLingua Web

MosaLingua Web, our online learning platform, is the best method to learn Russian words and phrases, immerse yourself in the language, and practice different skills. It features resources such as Russian videos, audiobooks, books, articles for beginner and intermediate learners, and more.

MosaLingua Learn Russian App

Our mobile app is great for Russian learners who are always on the go. Get a personalized learning path based on your goals, and memorize the most common and useful Russian vocab quickly and easily, thanks to the built-in Spaced Repetition System. The app also has lessons (start with the Cyrillic alphabet!), dialogues and bonus content to help you become fluent in Russian.

Online dictionaries

RussianDict

RussianDict is an extremely accessible online Russian-English dictionary with a clean, sleek interface, making it a leading resource for people who want to learn Russian. It also has a conjugation tool, grammar lessons, and more.

Lingvo Live

An online tool you can use to consult several Russian dictionaries. Translations, definitions, pronunciation, and encyclopedic information are all at your fingertips.

Listening Comprehension

Movies and TV

The Best Movies to Watch if You're Learning Russian

Russian and Soviet cinema has a long and interesting history. If you're interested in learning about the Russian language or Russian culture, movies can be a great window into both. Take a look at our picks.

YouTube channels

The MosaLingua YouTube Channel

Take a look around our YouTube channel for tons of smart tips, hacks, and resources for learning Russian – and other languages, too! We publish new videos every Tuesday. Don't forget to turn on your notifications (click the little bell when you subscribe), because you won't want to miss a single second!

Real Russian Club

Daria is a friendly and interesting Russian teacher from Moscow. She posts new videos twice a week, including grammar lessons, vlogs, and videos in both fast and slow Russian for learners at any stage in the process.

Antonia Romaker - English and Russian

Antonia teaches both English and Russian, but her videos are neatly organized into playlists so you can learn the language you're interested in. She even gives small assignments at the end of some of her videos so you can practice Russian on your own.

Podcasts

Russian Podcasts

A weekly Russian podcast. Its target audience is students who already have a good understanding of Russian and want to keep improving their listening comprehension.

A Taste of Russian

This podcast is suited for anybody with an intermediate to advanced level of Russian. The site is in English and features Russian conversations for learners.

TV channels

Perviy Kanal

The most popular TV station in the country. Formerly known as Russian Public Television, Channel One has become a somewhat private sector force with the means to produce TV programs and movies.

Russia TV - Live

The online site of the Russian television group VGTRK streams 7 channels: Russia 1, 2, 24, Karousel, RTR, Moscow 24 and Vesti FM.

NTV

The NTV, National Television, website doesn't stream live, but they do offer many reruns. You can also stream their programs live from MoskvaTV.

Music

ThankYou.Ru

A place to discover Russian music. The artists post their creations on the site and give you a chance to thank and pay them by clicking "spasibo" (thank you). Most songs come with lyrics; just click on the little paper icon for each song. Writers and bloggers also publish their work on the site. The amount of spoken and written content on this site makes it one of the best online resources to learn Russian.

Karaoke.ru

A website that offers karaoke for hundreds of popular Russian songs.

Speaking and Pronunciation

Language exchanges

iTalki

Meet lots of Russian speakers who are interested in forming language tandems (partner up and chat with someone who wants to learn your native language), or book paid lessons with a Russian tutor.

How and Where to Find a Conversation Partner

Chatting with a language partner online might be the most entertaining and overall best way to learn Russian. Work on various skills, from speaking and pronunciation to vocab and listening, and even culture and confidence. We tested the most popular language exchange websites and created a guide to help you decide which one is best for you.

Guides and tools for conversation and pronunciation

Forvo Russian

With Forvo, learn how to pronounce nearly any Russian word you can think of! Native speakers volunteer to record themselves, so that all you have to do is search for and click on a word to hear it pronounced. Sometimes there are even several recordings for the same word, so you can listen to the accent you want to learn.

Russian Phonetic Transcription Converter

This tool lets you to convert Russian text (Cyrillic letters) into a phonetic transcription using the IPA (International Phonetic Alphabet), or vice versa.

Reading and Writing

Newspapers and other media

Komsomolskaïa Pravda

The most read newspaper in Russia. Originally created in 1925 as a mode of communication for the Young Communists, it has recently become one of the most popular papers for general news.

Izvestia

Another communication tool for the early Soviet State, this journal has adapted to the fall of communism and remains a source of current events.

Moskovskij Komsomolets

This journal has recently evolved into a daily tabloid paper. A bit on the sensational side, it always has the latest on celebrity shockers and scandals in Russia.

Kommersant

A daily publication focused on politics and the economy. This newspaper is known for its somewhat liberal stances.

Argumenty i Fakty

What began as a specialized publication about statistical analysis became the most widely circulated newspaper in 1990, with over 33 million copies printed worldwide. Today it's owned by the Moscow city cabinet and is known for being a serious publication which takes a deep look into current events.

Grammar

Dr. Beard's Interactive Grammar Portal

This site is great for when you are having issues using or understanding an aspect of Russian grammar. On his portal, Dr. Beard, a former Russian professor, lays out a neat overview of various grammar points. There are also interactive exercises to test your knowledge.

Other Useful Russian Guides and Resources

This multilingual online platform has lots of resources for learning Russian, plus advice for people who might want to move to Russia for work or school.

MosaTraining: How to Learn Any Language

This course was designed to give you the tools, techniques, and best resources for learning Russian (or any other language!). Learn the secret techniques used by polyglots, practice the most effective learning methods, and stock your proverbial toolbox with every resource you could possibly need to learn Russian quickly and have fun doing it.

This site is great for learning Russian from the ground up. Its creators regularly update and add to their 160+ free lessons.

An exercise in listening comprehension by Cornell University. Eight extracts from famous Russian stories: listen to the story and understand them using the on-screen glossary. Afterwards, practice using the vocabulary exercises.

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We hope these free online resources for learning Russian will be of a big help to you. We’re constantly searching for the best resources to help you improve your Russian skills and updating this page, so be sure to come back from time to time. And finally, if there are any great Russian tools or resources we didn’t mention but that deserve to be on the list, click here to let us know about them.