Learn Russian Language - Russian For Beginners

From this course you will learn Russian letters and sounds special cases pronunciation and other phonetics specifics.
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Instructed by Ilona Protchenko Language / Russian
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  • Lectures 10
  • Length 1.5 hours
  • Skill Level All Levels
  • Languages English
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About This Course

Published 9/2013 English

Course Description

This is a Russian phonetics course. You will learn Russian letters and sounds and Russian sounds special cases pronunciation in words.

This course will be useful for Russian language beginners and interesting for those who want to learn more about Russian phonetics specifics.

Here you will found not only examples and exercises with Russian sounds articulation and Russian words pronunciation, but also basic phrases in dialogues.

The course consists of 10 lectures and 4 quizzes. The course includes 1 hour of video lectures, several downloadable files with reference materials such as phonetics rules and vocabulary with more than 300 words and phrases in Russian. We suggest you to watch lectures twice or more as there is a lot information shown in each video. Therefore it might take more than two hours to complete, tasks and quizzes could take a longer time.

The Grammar part (Lecture 7) contains a lot of useful information that you can use even outside of the course frequently.

If you want to learn a language, start with sounds and correct pronunciation!

What are the requirements?

  • No previous knowledge required

What am I going to get from this course?

  • By the end of the course you will be able to read and recognize Russian words and simple phrases.
  • You will start to understand spoken Russian words.
  • You will be able to say familiar words and simple phrases in Russian.

Who is the target audience?

  • Anyone who wants to start learning Russian or improve his pronunciation

What you get with this course?

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30 day money back guarantee.

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Lifetime access.

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Desktop, iOS and Android.

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Certificate of completion.


Section 1: Russian Letters and Sounds

Here you will find a short description of this course lectures.


About the Russian alphabet. Letter names. How to write Russian letters. Download Russian letters PDF file with comments for future reference.

How to pronounce vowels:
  • Sounds а, и, э, у, о, ы (with articulation) 
  • Vowels е, ё, ю, я dual pronunciation 
Exercises: Listen and Repeat
3 questions

Check what you've learn about Russian vowels. Answer true / false.


How to pronounce consonants:

  1. Paired voiced and unvoiced consonants (hard and soft with articulation)
  2. Unpaired voiced and unvoiced consonants (hard and soft with articulation)

Pronunciation and spelling rules to remember.

Exercises: Listen and Repeat – common sound combinations to train your pronounce skill.

3 questions

Check what you've learn about Russian consonants. Answer true / false.


From this lecture you will learn how to use special Russian signs (not a letters and have no sound equivalents).

3 questions

Select the correct answer


The main lecture content is inside the Russian Grammar PDF file you can find at "Downloadable Materials". But the lecture video is not only a teaser; in the video you will hear pronunciation of some Russian words, which are given in the PDF.

We suggest you to download and print out the Russian Grammar PDF file, as it will be helpful for the Final Quiz and for future Russian Language learning.

Section 2: Basic Russian Phrases in Dialogues

Here you can listen and train your pronunciation with basic Russian phrases such as greetings, confirmation / negation, etiquette words etc. Besides there are three texts for reading with voice, stress signs and selected sounds pronunciation.

You can also download and print reading texts from "Downloadable materials".

10 questions

Russian Phonetics.

It will be easier for you to answer this quiz having Grammar PDF printed out from the Lecture 7.

15 pages

In this document you can find more than 300 words and phrases used in this course. There are both Russian-English and English-Russian vocabularies inside.


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Instructor Biography

Ilona Protchenko, M.A. in Philology, Teacher of Russian as Foreign Language

I'm working as a Russian Language and Literature teacher from 1998. I have a wide experience in teaching Russian as both native and foreign language. I'm teaching students of different ages – from small children to adults, so I will definitely find a way to help you learn Russian language!

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