Russian Alphabet Mastery
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Russian Alphabet Mastery

Learn how to read and pronounce Russia's Cyrillic alphabet in just a few hours!
4.6 (411 ratings)
Instead of using a simple lifetime average, Udemy calculates a course's star rating by considering a number of different factors such as the number of ratings, the age of ratings, and the likelihood of fraudulent ratings.
6,789 students enrolled
Created by Mastery Group
Last updated 10/2013
Price: Free
  • 2 hours on-demand video
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • By the end of Russian Alphabet Mastery you will be able to read and pronounce any Russian word.
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  • Noprior knowledge of Russian is needed. A notepad is optional.

Learn to read and pronounce Russian's Cyrillic alphabet in just 110 minutes of fun, video instruction. If you find the Russian alphabet intimidating, or feel it's probably too hard for you, then this is the course for you. You're about to discover just how easy Russian can be to read when taught the right way!

There are two unique features to our Russian Alphabet Mastery:

* The course uses the modern learning technique known as 'Contextual learning'. With this method, you will learn effortlessly, without having to memorize anything.

* Each time you learn a new Russian letter, you will be shown actual Russian street signs and billboards that you can read and understand. By the end of the course you will have read and understood hundreds of Russian signs.

Although total video time is under two hours, it's recommended that you spread your viewing time over a few days, to maximize retention.

Who is the target audience?
  • The course is for complete beginners. Absolutely no prior experience with Russian is required. This course is for anyone trying to learn the Russian language, but is also recommended for anyone planning a trip to Russia or Ukraine.
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Curriculum For This Course
14 Lectures
Our First Ten Russian Letters
3 Lectures 19:23

In this introductory video, you'll learn how our method of Contextual Learning will have you reading Russian effortlessly! Watch...

Russian Alphabet Mastery: INTRODUCTION

In this video, we learn the following Russian letters: А, Т, О, М, К, Д, Р, and we'll be reading our first Russian signs.

The Letters: M O A K T Д Р

In Video #3 we tackle three new Russian letters: Б, С, Н. And of course, we'll read lots more Russian signs and billboards!

The Letters: Б С Н
The Next Eight Letters
3 Lectures 28:07

In this 4th video we learn the letters Л, Е and Ё. Just by adding these three letters we can read and understand lots more Russian signs!

The Letters: Л Е Ё

In this video we learn three Russian letters that each sound similar to our "ee" sound: И Й Ы

The Letters: И Й Ы

In this video we learn two new letters: Ф and У

The Letters: Ф У
Seven More Letters...Almost Done!
4 Lectures 28:07

In this video we learn the two letters: Г and П

The Letters: Г П

We learn the letters В and Ж in this video. (And lots more signs, of course.)

The Letters: В Ж

In this 9th video we learn just one new letter, Ц but it lets us read many more Russian words!

The Letter: Ц

Two more letters are taught here: З and Ч (Yes, that first one looks like the number three (3) but it's actually a letter.)

The Letters: З Ч
Our Last Six Russian Letters (plus the Hard & Soft Signs)!
3 Lectures 21:22

In Video #11 we learn the letters: Х, Ш and Щ. (Look closely at the bottom right of those last two letters to see how they differ.)

The Letters: Х Ш Щ

In video #12 we learn the Russian letters Я and Э.

The Letters: Я Э

In this video we learn our last new letter, Ю and something known as the Hard & Soft Signs (Ь and Ъ)

The Letter: Ф and the Hard & Soft Signs
1 Lecture 13:59

This is it, your Final Exam! You should be proud of yourself for making it this far!

FInal Exam!
About the Instructor
Mastery Group
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We are a group of language teaching professionals with decades of experience between us. Our mission is to teach the major world languages using modern language learning techniques like contextual learning, pattern recognition, construction branching, S.L.T. and more. The two principles of the Language Mastery Group are:

MARK THOMSON: A native New Yorker and lifelong instructor, first of guitar and later of languages. Mark is a self-taught, fluent speaker of Russian. He created the popular Russian Accelerator online Russian course, along with numerous other Russian courses including Russian Alphabet Mastery, and the Russian Made Easy podcast. He also created English Mastery Method in which he teaches English to native Russian speakers, and many other more advanced English courses under the Master Fluent English brand: Speak Fluent English, Understand Fluent English, and numerous Live Conversations courses. Mark's expertise is in detecting and explaining the patterns of grammar within any language, along with teaching it efficiently. Mark resides part time in Virginia, and part time in Ukraine.


GREG TORKELSON: Originally from Arizona, Greg is a self-taught speaker (and reader) of Japanese. He has been living and teaching full time in Japan for over a decade. Greg is the creator of a variety of Japanese courses including Japanese Mastery Method and Kanji Krusher. One of Greg's specialties is in clearly explaining the complexities of Japanese grammar, especially their system of linguistic particles. Perhaps his greatest expertise is in his ability to break down the complex Chinese characters known as kanji into recognizeable and memorable visual images.

Greg is also a co-founder of the Master Fluent English brand of adanced English courses.