Learn Russian language with free lessons
If you are feeling excited about learning how to speak and understand Russian, this is the right place to be. Designed to become the best online destination for Russian language study, our website offers free high-quality Russian lessons with audio recordings, online dictionaries, original texts of Russian literature classics, and other practical resources to help you learn the Russian language.
Russian is a Slavic language in the Indo-European family. It is one of the most widely spoken native languages in Europe. The majority of Russian speakers live in Russia, Ukraine, Kazakhstan and Belarus, with fewer speakers residing in former USSR republics and other countries around the world with large immigrant population from the former Soviet Union.
Learning Russian as a foreign language requires time and dedication. We recommend that you study our Russian language course a few minutes a day on a regular basis. Our online resources are accessible anywhere you can find an Internet connection. The course lessons will teach you essential Russian grammar and vocabulary words and phrases you really want to use in a variety of situations. If you are a beginner, you can get started right away with an introductory lesson on the Russian alphabet, also known as the Cyrillic alphabet. Since Russian doesn't use the Roman alphabet, it may be somewhat tricky at first, but it is a manageable task and very useful when it comes to being able to read new Russian words, street signs, and restaurant menus. You will be glad you've learned it if you ever decide to spend vacation in Moscow, Saint Petersburg or a tiny provincial town in Russia.
Make sure to visit and participate in our forums where we are building a community of Russian language learners and native speakers willing to work with you and give help when needed. Check out the dual-language books that come with an English translation next to the original Russian text. Consult with our verb conjugations dictionary for all proper forms of Russian verbs, and stay tuned for even more exciting site updates.
Latest updates on Learning Russian .Net!
New lesson At the Hotel - Learn how to make hotel reservations in Russian. This lesson teaches the following Russian language grammar: agreement of nouns with numbers; ordinal numbers; preposition "на" in idioms; telling today's date.
New audio! Getting Around the City Conversations - Listen how to ask and give directions in Russian
New audio! Fun & Games Conversations - Listen to Russian dialogues about leisure acitivites, fun and games.
New lesson Hobby and Activities - Learn how to talk about hobby, leisure and sports in Russian. This lesson teaches the following Russian grammar: the prepositional case, asking question about location, questions with the prepositional case.
New audio recorded! Introducing People - We have recorded new phrases, and conversations for the lesson.
New audio recorded! Counting in Russian - A lesson on counting in Russian now has pronunciation samples.
New audio recorded! How to say hello - We have recorded pronunciation of common Russian greetings. More audio recordings are coming soon, so stay tuned!
New lesson Congratulating People - Learn how to wish Happy Birthday, Happy New Year and congratulate people on other occasions. Grammar topics include: the past, present and future tense of the verb; conjugation; aspect of the verb.
New lesson Directions - Learn how to ask and give directions. This lesson teaches the following Russian language grammar: introduction to the Cases of nouns, the genitive case, the dative case, and the imperative mood.
New lesson Fun and Games - Learn to talk about leisure activities and invite your friends to join you for fun. Grammar topics include: introduction to verbs, the past tense, counting, asking and telling time.
Reading practice Anna Karenina - Dual-language text of Lev Tolstoy's novel. Chapter 1 added and more to come.
New Introducing others - Learn to introduce yourself and others. Grammar topics include: plural nouns, possessive pronouns, and usage of "ты" and "вы" (you).
New Meeting people - Everything you need to meet and greet people. Grammar topics include: gender of nouns, personal pronouns, statements and questions, and other essential topics in the Russian language.
New The Russian alphabet - Learn the sounds that Russian letters make. Start reading simple words.
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