The Инфографика section of the РИА Новости website is updated almost daily with new infographics on both current events and cultural topics. The infographics’ use of images, charts, and graphs make the content more accessible for readers; in addition, they present topic-specific vocabulary, cultural info, and authentic, concise language.
The Russian Language Program at Cornell University has produced several excellent online resources for learners of Russian. Mini-Videos for Learners of Intermediate Russian consists of 91 excerpts from the comedy show “6 кадров”, accompanied by vocabulary help and transcripts. The Anthrax Diaries is a 30-minute documentary about the Soviet biological weapons program, with transcripts and English translations. Lora’s Dialogs is a beginner’s course with short dialogs (audio recordings), transcripts, grammar notes, and substitution exercises. A Collocational Russian-English Dictionary of the Human Body is an interactive on-line dictionary that lists thousands of phrases for describing the appearance, movements, moods, injuries, etc. of human beings. Additionally, there are several pages that accompany Russian films with transcripts, key vocabulary, and summaries: Папа, Благословите женщину, Водитель для Веры, and Олигарх.
Say it in Russian is a video podcast site for learners of Russian at all levels. Links to videos (organized by ACTFL proficiency level) are given with accompanying exercises, cultural and linguistic commentary, and occasionally transcriptions. The videos include video podcasts developed by the creator of the site, as well as authentic videos available on YouTube (songs, cartoons, news and TV clips, and others). Say it in Russian is an excellent resource for learners looking to improve their listening skills with authentic, culturally relevant videos.
Humans of Moscow, which has Tumblr site and a Facebook page you can subscribe to, provides quotes from real people found on the streets of Moscow, complete with English translations. This is a great way to expose yourself daily to conversational Russian, and to learn more about everyday people in Russia.
Foreigncy is a unique site that scaffolds the process of reading articles in Russian (other languages are offered as well). A new article is posted every weekday, with a summary in English, occasionally an embedded news clip related to the article, vocabulary list, flashcards and quizzes (via Quizlet), and a link to the original article on a Russian news site.
The University of Kansas Russian department has developed this website featuring short stories and excerpts from literature by Tolstoy, Pushkin, and Chekhov. The stories and excerpts contain audio files and glosses for difficult vocabulary words, so you can listen and follow along.
Rockin’ Russian is an interactive site from COERLL at UT-Austin featuring ten subtitled (in Russian and English) music videos accompanied by extensive exercises. There are pre-listening, during listening, and post-listening exercises for all levels – novice, intermediate, advanced, and superior. The multiple-choice exercises focus on reading and listening comprehension, grammar, and vocabulary related to the songs.