I began learning Russian when I was 18 years old to merely satisfy a requirement and ended up falling in love with the language and the histories and cultures that intersect. As I continued studying the language, I took great satisfaction out of creating my own study guides formatting them just the way I like them. I came to enjoy this so much, I wanted to share them with others learning Russian so they could use my guides as a reference when studying. These materials are not meant to replace any formal language learning courses, but to simply aid your learning experience along the way.
I have categorized my study guides into 5 parts: The Basics, Grammar, Practical Vocabulary, Practical Conversation, and Verbs with Prefixes. See below for more detailed descriptions of exactly what these categories with help you with.
The Basics provide the building blocks you need to begin your Russian-language learning journey. Get started by learning your АБВs, numbers, parts of speech (nouns, adjectives, verbs, etc.) and more! The Basics is ideal for beginners, false beginners, and those who are looking to familiarize themselves with the language to prepare for an upcoming trip #onthebloc.
Cases, verbal aspects, and genders oh my!
For the acquisition of any foreign language, grammar is consistently one of the more difficult aspects to understand and use correctly - and Russian is no exception. Russian grammar is not similar to that of any Latin-based language and, as such, can be frustrating and confusing for beginners. As the student who always pestered my teachers with "but why?"s on grammar topics, I wanted to be able to help other Russian learners who might have the same issues I did. Here you will find a variety of grammar guides to thoroughly explain those tricky Russian grammar concepts. Let's do this!
Need some specific vocabulary?
Learn practical Russian vocabulary by topic. Just choose a topic applicable to you and your language goals, and you'll find vocabulary sets with English translations and example sentences.
Learn how to communicate in real world situations! Being able to ask for directions, give a toast, and call for emergency services are all valuable skills to have when traveling the former USSR. Select a situation and you'll find sample conversations with common and colloquial phrases and vocabulary to help you navigate your way through daily life #onthebloc.
Oh the joys of глаголи с приставками...
In Russian, the majority of verbs have a root that can form into 5, 10, sometimes 15 different words, depending on the prefix you place in front of it. Because there are so many, I would often get them jumbled in my head, so I began to compile lists of verb roots and all of the different prefix combinations. This allows learners to see all of the different ways verb prefixes can alter its meaning, analyze general trends in verb prefixes, and more easily memorize which verb prefix is used in which situations. These verb lists are ideal for intermediate-advanced students who are interested in advancing their general understanding of the Russian language and diving deeper into more precise and specialized vocabulary.
As of right now, I have not hit my goal of traveling to all 15 former Soviet republics - I'm a working girl, cut me some slack! In the meantime, however, I am doing a ton of research to plan these future trips. Interested in seeing what online resources I use to create an itinerary to ensure my travels are educational, thorough, and, most important of all, safe?
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Head over to the Language & Travel Shop to check out my favorite goodies I use for learning Russian and traveling! I've compiled all my favorite products I use when #onthebloc so that you can benefit from them when you travel abroad. Help yourself prepare and support this blog at the same time :) Счастливого пути!