With the internet learning Russian has never been easier. There are hundreds of apps, websites, videos and series available to help you learn but which ones should you use? We’ve compiled a list of our favourite online resources to help you learn Russian here.
In reading this article we’re assuming that you’re already convinced that Russian is the language for you, but if you haven’t quite made up your mind yet, then check out our article here on why learn Russian.
Apps to learn words, grammar and structures
- Rosetta Stone
Russian alphabet apps
Learning the Russian alphabet is luckily one of the easier parts of learning Russian. Unlike Chinese characters or the Arabic script, the Russian alphabet is relatively easy to learn, and you could probably do it in a day, then just keep it in your mind by using it while you learn, read and write.
But for those of you who are starting out and still need to learn the Russian alphabet, then these are the apps we would recommend to help you.
- Learn the Russian alphabet
- Russian Alphabet Now
- TenguGo Cyrillic Alphabet/Cyrillic
Ways to find Russian language partners
Finding a language partner to talk with is one of the fastest ways to see your Russian improve. Rather than talking to local people who may not always have the patience or understand that you’re just learning, a partner is in the same boat as you and will understand that you need to make mistakes while you learn and that that’s ok.
Here are the websites that we would recommend to help you find Russian speakers to practise with.
Youtube channels are always a great way to learn a language because even though they’re not interactive, by watching a person explain things to you, you’re getting a lot more out of it then if you just sit down and read a textbook.
When you’re looking for a good youtube channel, you want it to be clear, interesting and you want the person you’re watching to be engaging. If you hit those three then you should have a pretty good mix even if the production quality isn’t that hight. Of course, the better the video quality, the more comfortable it is to watch as well.
These are our favourite Youtube channels to help you learn Russian:
This resource isn’t free as you have to pay every month to use Netflix, but if you already have a Netflix account then what better to utilise it than by watching Russian series to help you with your Russian.
Series and films are a great way to help you learn a language as they often use more natural speech and colloquialisms that you may not always find in a textbook. This also makes them sometimes more difficult to understand but that’s where subtitles come in handy. On Netflix, you pretty much always have the option of using English subtitles if the Russian is just too difficult, and you’ll probably also have the option of using Russian subtitles if your Russian level is a bit higher.
Here are our favourite Russian series that are available on Netflix:
Podcasts are an easy way to study Russian on the go. In the modern world, we’re always doing something, going somewhere or exercising and there doesn’t always seem to be a lot of time to do fun pursuits like learning Russian. But now with the invention of podcasts this kind of thing is becoming easier and easier, meaning you can now learn Russian when you’re commuting to work, travelling to meet friends or going for a run.
Here are our top Russian podcasts to listen to to improve your Russian:
- News in Slow Russian
- Slow Russian Language Podcast
- A taste of Russian
- Russian Podcast
News sites can be a lot more difficult but they are a free resource that can help you improve your Russian, especially if you get into the habit of checking the news every morning in Russian like you may do in English.
At first reading full articles might be a bit too tricky, but if you try and just read the headlines at first, you’ll find it becomes easier and easier until you’re reading and understanding full articles.
Reading news from Russia also gives you and insight into the country and culture, which is important if you’re making the effort to learn a foreign language.
As well as actual Russian news sites, remember you can also translate pages to Russia on most major news sites. So if you wanted to read news from the BBC but you wanted to practise your Russian at the same time, then you could set your BBC home page in Russian. You can also do this with the majority of the major news sites, as Russian is such an important language.
Singing along to music can be a terrific way to pick up Russian and to help improve your accent as well as you’ll find yourself interpreting their accents as you sing along. Here are some of our favourite Russian bands that you can listen to for free on youtube to help improve your Russian.
- Pussy Riot
We hope you’re found our list of online resources to learn Russian useful. Are you learning Russian? And if so what resources do you use to help you? Let us know in the comments below so we can check them out too.
Also make sure to try out some of our recommendations and let us know what you think. Your feedback is always important to us, especially if it can help us to improve the information we give you. We always want to do our best to make your language learning as effective as possible.
If you want to learn more about Russian then check out our commonly asked questions about Russian here.