RuNet Echo | Эхо Рунета

RuNetEcho

RuNet Echo is a project from Global Voices that features blog posts on current events and politics from the Russian Internet. Although the posts are in English, they include quotes in both the original Russian and in translation, as well as links to the RuNet sources. This site is an excellent portal for digging deeper into the Russian blogosphere.

Инфографика | РИА Новости

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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 makes the content more accessible for readers; in addition, they present topic-specific vocabulary, cultural info, and authentic, concise language.

Cornell University On-line Course Materials

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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 женщинуВодитель для Веры, and Олигарх. 

Say it in Russian Video Podcast

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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.