Reading Russian Short Stories

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Work on your reading comprehension with the Reading Russian Short Stories site. The stories are all from the 20th and 21st centuries, and include familiar names like Zoshchenko, Erofeev, and Tolstaya, plus many authors who are not well known in the West. Each story is followed by comprehension questions and activities. Try reading a story and writing out your responses for practice.

Conradish – UPDATE: Back online!

UPDATE: After a lengthy absence, Conradish is now back online.  Conradish is a tool for Russian language learners to read Russian literature in the original, with English glosses. The site contains works by Достоевский, Набоков, Пастернак, Булгаков, Чехов, Толстой, Гоголь, Пушкин, and many others. When reading a text, hold your cursor over a word to get a definition; click on the word to get a fuller dictionary entry. Because this tool relies on literal translations of individual words, the definitions are not always accurate. Use Conradish in conjunction with a more detailed dictionary to get the best translation of idiomatic expressions and collocations.

Russian Language Learning on the Web

The University of Sussex’s Russian Language Learning on the Web contains glossed works by Pushkin, Gogol, Tolstoy and Blok, complete with: historical background and literary criticism in English; a side-by-side English-Russian translation; comprehension, vocabulary and grammar exercises; grammatical explanations; audio recordings of the texts; and videos of native speakers discussing the texts.

Russnet Language Learning Modules

Russnet is home to 30 in-depth Russian language learning modules on various topics in history, literature, culture, and science. Modules include: texts and video on the topics; reading comprehension, grammatical, and lexical exercises; and writing prompts. They can be used by independent learners, or by teachers as a supplement to in-class work. Use of the modules requires a login but registration is free.

Учитесь!

Russian Life magazine has provided PDF copies of the Russian language learning supplement Учитесь published in the magazine. The lessons focus on famous writers and artists, and contain several texts as well as exercises on reading comprehension, vocabulary development, and grammar. These lessons can be used by teachers in the classroom or by independent learners.