If you are interested in improving your ability to understand Russian news reports, check out Луч света. Each post contains a video from a Russian news outlet, a paragraph of the necessary background information (in English), notes on language, and transcripts with English translations. First, watch the clip to see how much you comprehend. Then refer to the supplementary materials and follow along with the transcript as you listen.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
MOSKVA.FM is the best resource I’ve found for listening to Russian radio online. Stream popular radio stations (Эхо Москвы, Наше радио, Русское радио, and many more), listen to archived programs (news, horoscopes, countdowns), and browse the charts (хит-парады). The interface is what really sets MOSKVA.FM apart: it shows what song is playing, a box for user comments, and a visual timeline of the songs and programs that have aired – it even notes each song’s number of rotations. Also, click “текст песни” to bring up lyrics in the window as a song plays. More features are available for registered users (including the ability to make playlists).