Real Life in Russia is a series of interactive lessons to prepare you for living abroad in Russia. Each lesson presents the necessary language, cultural knowledge, and practical information to successfully accomplish daily tasks while in Russia: from making a proper cup of tea and buying a train ticket to adding money to your cell phone and creating a social media profile on Вконтакте.
Don’t Forget Your Russian is an easy-to-navigate collection of Russian language learning resources. Use the navigation bar at the top of the page to access resources for listening, reading, grammar, learning strategies, and more.
Chef-daw creates cute illustrated recipe cards for all sorts of dishes and cocktails. Use them to practice cooking and food vocabulary, and to learn how to make Russian and international menu items.
Another Инфографика site, this time from Аргументы и факты. 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.
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.
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.