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Russian Made Easy - Accelerated Learning for Russian

Learn to speak Russian the right way, right from the start using modern, language learning techniques.
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Created by Mastery Group
Last updated 1/2014
  • 4 hours on-demand video
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion

Using modern techniques like contextual learning, construction branching, pattern recognition for grammar and multiple native speakers, our 'Russian Made Easy' course teaches beginner's Russian in a fun, efficient style. With thirty episodes in all, each episode approximately 20 mins long, the course could be finished in a week, but it's best to study only one episode per day.

This course is ideal for absolute beginners to Russian, as well as those with some experience but who just haven't been able to find the right course.

Who is the target audience?
  • Beginner's with little or no experience.
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What Will I Learn?
By the end of the course you will have a small but useful vocabulary. More importantly, you will understand all six grammatical cases in Russian and have a good feel for all six basic verb conjugations.
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  • Blank flashcards for new vocabulary words, and a notebook for constructions and grammar points.
Curriculum For This Course
Expand All 15 Lectures Collapse All 15 Lectures 04:08:37
Your First 35 Russian Words and Phrases
5 Lectures 01:31:16

In this first episode, we'll learn: Я, он, она, мама папа доктор, инженер, бизнесмен музыкант студент, студентка. We'll be working with the main construction: Я/он/она - ___(occupation)_____

And our TIP OF THE DAY is Learn from context!

Mark introduces two speed-learning techniques you will be using throughout this audio course . Using cognates and contextual learning, you will easily learn to tell others about you, your family, and occupations in Russian

Я, он, она, мама папа доктор, инженер, бизнесмен музыкант студент, студентка

In today's lecture you'll learn the following Russian words; это да водка, пицца борщ, суп мой -- моя твой -- твоя

And our TIP OF THE DAY: Always learn the SLT (Super-literal translation).

How to say my in Russian, and how to say your in Russian, plus common Russian foods. In this second podcast, you'll learn one of the secrets of Russian grammar: It's a rhyming language. And you'll learn the importance of super-literal translation.

Mark explains the #1 mistake that language learners make: They aren't learning the super-literal translation of each phrase. Along with Russian foods, and the words for my and your in Russian, you'll also learn perhaps the most useful Russian word: eto.

это да водка, пицца борщ, суп мой -- моя твой -- твоя

In this lecture you'll learn the words: американец / американка.

австралиец / австралийка.

англичанин / англичанка

канадец / канадка

друг - подруга

And our TIP OF THE DAY?: Ignore native Russian speakers who harp on your pronunciation (all the while having thick Russian accents when they speak English!) Your Russian pronunciation just needs to be good enough to be understood.

You'll learn various nationalities in Russian: How to say I'm American, Australian, British, and Canadian in Russian. Also learn how to talk about your friends. Plus a tip on Russian pronunciation. Along with learning the Russian word for American, Australian, British and Canadian, Mark dispels the biggest myth about Russian pronunciation, and takes aim at those who critique your pronunciation.

американец австралиец англичанин канадец друг

In this lesson we learn: Здравствуйте Как Вас зовут? Меня зовут _____ А (as in: А как Вас зовут?)

And the TIP OF THE DAY: Make flashcards! (Old school? Yes. Extremely effective? You bet!)

Learn Russian greetings and introductions. Learn to say your name in Russian, and how to ask What's your name? in Russian. The Russian word for "Hello" is one of the toughest words in Russian, but Mark breaks it down for you into small, easy pieces. You'll also learn an old-school technique for mastering Russian. Everyone knows it, but will you actually do it?

Здравствуйте Как Вас зовут? Меня зовут

In this lesson we'll be learning: адвокат кто что икра виски нет

And the TIP OF THE DAY: Use PowerPhrases to learn tons of new words quickly! (Don't miss this one!)

How to say "Who?" in Russian, and how to say "What?" in Russian. Learn the two most useful question words in Russian. Also learn a popular memory trick for memorizing Russian words. Mark shares the technique used by language learners and memory experts across the globe. He calls them PowerPhrases, but by any name, mnemonic devices are an important tool for learning Russian.

адвокат кто что икра виски нет
Your next 20 Russian Words and Phrases
5 Lectures 01:16:45

Today we'll learn the following Russian words and constructions: Construction: Я буду ______ спасибо пожалуйста (as PLEASE and YOU'RE WELCOME) кофе салат и GRAMMAR: feminine words change their "ah" sound to an "uu" sound when we **do something to them.** And our TIP OF THE DAY: Constructions lead to fluency!

How to order food in Russian. Learn what to say in a Russian restaurant, and order like a native speaker. And learn how to develop fluency in Russian. Mark shows you the real way to order food and drinks in Russian. You'll also learn what a construction is, and how it can turn you into a fluent speaker of Russian!

Я буду - спасибо пожалуйста кофе салат и

Here is the outline of today's lesson: хорошо Есть _____ ? паста капучино йогурт маффин

Что Вы хотите? And today's TIP OF THE DAY: Ask questions you already know the answer to.

Episode 7 picks up where episode 6 left off...ordering food in a Russian restaurant. You'll also learn a clever trick for improving your Russian skills. How to say "okay" in Russian, and how to ask if someone has something. Continuing from episode 6 where we learn how to order food, you'll learn more common Russian foods and drinks.

хорошо Есть _____ ? паста капучино йогурт маффин Что Вы хотите?

Today's lecture teaches the difference between: хочешь _____ ? and ты хочешь

Grammar: Хочешь мою пиццу And our TIP OF THE DAY: Keep a notebook of constructions. Add new vocab to old constructions, and vice versa.

How to ask someone what they want, in Russian. Learn to speak informally in Russian. Learn Russian grammar easily by mastering the patterns.

Mark also shows you casual Russian speech, since you'll mostly likely be talking to Russian friends. And you'll master one of the most common cases in Russian grammar.

хочешь _____ ? vs ты хочешь Grammar: Хочешь мою пиццу

In this lecture you'll learn: Я хочу ____ суши чай блины кушать не a

And our TIP OF THE DAY: Learn conjugations one at a time, not all six at once.

How to say what you want, in Russian. Episode 9 continues from episode 8, as you learn to say, "I want ____, please," in Russian. You'll also learn more Russian foods and drinks. Chai and blini, anyone?

Mark explains why it's not necessarily a good thing to take lessons from a native Russian speaker. They are experts at speaking Russian. That doesn't make them experts at teaching Russian. And discover the right way to learn Russian verb conjugations.

Я хочу ____ суши чай блины кушать не

Today is an important review as we listen and trnaslate all that we've learned. Please do NOT skip this lecture.

This episode is a cummulative test of everything you've been learning in the first nine episodes of Russian Made Easy. You'll be amazed at how much you've learned to say and understand in Russian. It's official: Pass this first mid-term and you can tell people that you speak and understand Russian!

Или + Listen & Translate, and a Comprehensive listening review
Our next Thirty Russian Words & Phrases
5 Lectures 01:20:36

Today we learn: мне / тебе нравится _______ не рок джаз блюз танцевать

TIP: Re-write toughest phrases on separate flashcard. Also: Practice flashcards reading Russian side first.

мне / тебе нравится _______ не рок джаз блюз танцевать

Today;s topic: Я люблю ______ Москва Санкт Петербург Киев Одесса тебя но

TIP: Use our Success Coaching for free, to check your pronunciation!

Я люблю ______ Москва Санкт Петербург Киев Одесса тебя но

In this episode we learn: Пошли! Куда? В парк В центр В кафе В магазин (В Старбакс)

TIP: All-audio course is not ideal. A course featuring video is superior.

Пошли! Куда? В парк В центр В кафе В магазин

Today we'll learn: Где? сейчас В _____е на работе

TIP: Small words have lots of meanings. Don't fix one meaning to them. Learn them in constructions.

Где? сейчас В _____е на работе

In this lecture we learn: Я живу в _____ Ты живёшь Что ты будешь B Нью Йорке, В Калифорнии, В Чикаго

And for our TIP: Learn grammar by noticing patterns.

Я живу в _____ Ты живёшь Что ты будешь В Нью Йорке, В Калифорнии, В Чикаго
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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.

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