Free Russian Lessons



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  • Russian for Beginners Massive Open Online Course (MOOC)
    • From Saint Petersburg State University, this series of 4 courses is aimed at learners who are interested in exploring the Russian language, and provides everything you need to start this journey.
  • Business Russian – Web
  • Foreign Service Institute Russian Fast – Web Site
    • Textbook (PDF) and eight audio lessons (MP3).
  • Foreign Service Russian: An Active Introduction Web site
    • 11 lessons and a textbook.
  • Learn RussianWeb Site
    • A free course by RT.com that covers all aspects of Russian including alphabet, phonetics, vocabulary and grammar. It also has multiple grammar tables and tests. RT.com is a Russian 24/7 English-language news channel.
  • Learn Russian Fluently, Easily and Effectively Spotify
    • A 4-hour series of lessons that are freely available on Spotify
  • Russian GrammarYouTube
    • 50 free, short videos on topics in basic Russian grammar. Funded by a grant from the University of South Carolina, the videos were created by Curtis Ford, a senior instructor at the University.
  • Russian Literature – Web Site
    • Also presented by UCLA, the lessons help users improve their comprehension and vocabulary by listening to excerpts from Tolstoy, Gogol, Chekhov and other Russian literary greats.
  • One Minute RussianYouTube
    • Learn the absolute basics of Russian with a 10-lesson course of “espresso-break” episodes. In this course you’ll learn to greet people, say that you’re learning the language, introduce yourself and ask people how they’re feeling, and lots more.
  • RussianPod101 – iTunes Free
    • Helps you learn Russian and Russian culture at your convenience.

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