Free Resources for Russian Learners on the BBC Web-site

Posted on June 1st, 2011

Learn Russian on BBCSo many free resources for language learners are available online nowadays! When I began to learn English, the only resource for us, students, was, our teacher and an old,used copy of a textbook  borrowed from the library (библиотека). Today however, if you have a computer and access to the Internet, you will find multiple web pages, audio and video resources teaching you pronunciation, vocabulary, and grammar, and allowing you to practice language immersion in the comfort of your own home.

The resource I would like to share with you today is “A Guide to Russian” located on web-site.

How can you practice your Russian with “A Guide to Russian”?

If you are very new to the language, you can start off with the alphabet (алфавит)! You can listen to recordings and practice (практиковать) your pronunciation as many times as you want. You can also print a copy of the Russian alphabet if you like.

Another section of the site that I found very informative and entertaining was – “10 Facts About the Russian Language”. When you are there, make sure to check out Russian tongue twisters (скороговорки) – they are a good way to impress anyone with your knowledge (знание) of Russian! Ah, and yes, read through “What not to say and do” section, and pay special attention to number 7 – it’s very funny. :-D

My favorite section on the “A Guide to Russian Pages” is “Russian Soap Opera” featuring an English student named Chris and a Russian beauty (русская красавица) named Irina. This section offers you a way to learn basic phrases in Russian.

I suggest that even if you know the correct answer (правильный ответ) to the quiz questions, make sure to click on the wrong answers as well – they will make you laugh.  :laugh:

Two other useful sections for any beginner are “Russian Key Phrases” and “Essential Phrases” in Russian. You can listen and also download and print these phrases, which is great for practice!

And lastly, make sure to look through the “Related Russian” links. I would certainly recommend (рекомендовать) the Russian service provided by  the BBC, where you can practice your Russian by reading the news and watching the videos. Course search tool allows you to find a Russian course locally, but only within the UK. And, if you are looking for an English-Russian or Russian-English dictionary (словарь), you can use the dictionary provided by I personally used the Russian-English version (русско-английская версия) of this dictionary when learning English.

Well, I hope you’ll find “A Guide to Russian” very helpful and informative! Remember, the key to learning a language is practice! So, practice, and be proud of yourself, Russian is not an easy language to learn, and you have gone this far already!

And this is the summary of the today’s vocabulary (please, don’t forget that you can print this lesson out by clicking on the button below the post):

библиотека [bib-li-a-TYE-ka] library
алфавит [al-fa-VIT]- alphabet
практиковать [prak-ti-ka-VAT’]practice
скороговорки [ska-ra-ga-VOR-ki] tongue twisters
знание [ZNA-ni-ye] knowledge
русская красавица [ROOS-ka-ya kra-SA-vit-sya] Russian beauty
правильный ответ [PRA-vil’-niy at-VYET] correct answer
рекомендовать [rye-ka-myen-da-VAT’] recommend
cловарь [sla-VAR’] dictionary
русско-английская версия [ROOS-ka ang-LEEY-ska-ya VYER-si-ya] Russian-English version

Good luck learning Russian! :waving:


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