Russian language resources – Language Links Database

Russian – is an East Slavic language and an official language in Russia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, and Kyrgyzstan. It is an unofficial but widely spoken language in Ukraine, Moldova, Latvia, Lithuania, Estonia, and to a lesser extent, the other countries that were once constituent republics of the Soviet Union and former participants of the Eastern Bloc. Russian belongs to the family of Indo-European languages and is one of the three living members of the East Slavic languages. Written examples of Old East Slavonic are attested from the 10th century onwards.

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Native speakers: 150 million (2010), 260 million (L1 plus L2 speakers) (2012)

Official language in: Russia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Moldova: Gagauzia

Russian Grammar and Pronunciation

  • - Website for Elementary Russian with video lessons and 70+ exercises
  • FSI Language Courses - 2 Texts Books and 8 Audio Lessons
  • - Grammar, Words and Phrases and 18 Videos lessons
  • WikiBooks - Lessons, grammar, phrases
  • - 49 thematic lessons
  • - Lessons for children. More than 600 FREE Russian games and activities.
  • ILanguages - This site is designed to teach you and help you learn Russian for free through vocabulary, phrases, grammar and flashcards (vocabulary trainer)
  • - Over 530 thematic lesson
  • - Russian Essentials. This is a web-application developed by the University of Cambridge Language Centre for basic level students.
  • - Hundreds of lessons. Registration required in order to monitor and save progress.
  • - Brown University provides animations showing how to write Russian letters by hand
  • - Interactive reference grammar
  • - Russian Tutorial Index: Basic Phrases, Vocabulary and Grammar (with audio)
  • - Introduction to the language
  • - Lessons, tests, games
  • - Extensive lessons
  • - Interactive exercises (another set here)
  • Learn101 - All the lessons contain audio and are all offered for free. We will learn the alphabet together. We will also review some simple grammar rules, practice common phrases, and we will have fun memorizing many important vocabulary lists.
  • - Lessons and a list of 2000 most commonly used Russian words + word matching quizzes
  • MyLanguages - Courses about adjectives, adverbs, articles, gender (feminine, masculine…), negation, nouns, numbers, phrases, plural, prepositions, pronouns, questions, verbs, vocabulary, exercises
  • Verbix - Online Verb Conjugator
  • - 200 tests for learners of all levels
  • - 125 extensive lessons (grammar, vocabulary)
  • - 300 lessons
  • - Online course
  • - Online classes
  • - Short Russian Course (this site does not exist anymore).
  • - Tons of lessons
  • - Russian language tutorial & online phrasebook
  • - Online lessons and podcast
  • - Language lessons and resources
  • - Language lessons and games
  • - 22 lessons
  • - Everyday Russian Course
  • - Introductory and Basic Course
  • - Language and vocabulary lessons based on the current news
  • Russian with Dmitry – Lessons, audio and more
  • - Lessons and exercises
  • - Online tests
  • - Language helper – lessons and vocabulary
  • - A Russian Course
  • - Grammar, vocabulary tests and writings
  • Russian from Scratch (click “book” to start)
  • - Lessons for beginners, intermediate and advanced learners, grammar, podcasts
  • - Lessons, cartoons, comics, games, phrasebooks, grammar tables and much more
  • - An online multiple-choice test. It is designed for determining the proficiency level of beginning to advanced-intermediate Russian students.
  • - This site is designed to give you further exposure to the Russian language and culture through the medium of music videos
  • - The purpose of this program is to provide advanced learners with a wealth of resources and tools to practice, maintain, and improve all aspects of speaking Russian
  • -This computer assisted language learning program has been created to assist students of first-year Russian learn the alphabet, vocabulary, and grammatical rules in the context of Russian culture and history (this site is no longer available for off-campus users)
  • - Online Course Materials
  • - Extensive site about all the aspects of the language for advanced learners (the website is in Russian). Links include Online Dictionaries, Reference Works, Online Classes, and the list goes on and on.
  • - A Russian language portal dedicated to presenting theoretical and practical philological materials on the Internet

Digitized Grammar Books

  • Stand Alone Russian, 131 pages (pdf)
  • Russian Reference Grammar, 141 pages (pdf)
  • Russian Language Competencies for Peace Corps Volunteers in Russia (1996), 324 pages (pdf)
  • Russian Language Competencies for Peace Corps Volunteers in Russia: Workbook. (1996), 33 pages (pdf)
  • Russian Language Course for Peace Corps Trainees in Russia. (1994), 609 pages (pdf)
  • Russian Basic Course: Dialogue Cartoon Guides, Lessons 1-83. (1971), 124 pages (pdf)
  • Russian Basic Course: Reader, Volume II (1971), 301 pages (pdf)
  • Google Books Colloquial Russian 2: The Next Step in Language Learning by Svetlana Le Fleming, Susan E. Kay (2003)(view only)
  • Google Books Russian Grammar by Natalia Lusin (1992)(view only)
  • Google Books Survival Russian by Mikhail Ivanov (2007)(view only)
  • Google Books Learn Russian News Vol.2: English & Russian by Nik Marcel (2007)(view only)
  • Google Books Essential Russian Grammar by Brian Kemple (2012)(view only)
  • Google Books Everyday English-Russian Conversations by Leonid Kossman (1997)(view only)
  • Google Books Hugo’s Russian Grammar Simplified by Hugo’s Simplified System (2010)(view only)
  • Google Books English-Russian Grammar (1862)
  • Google Books The Syntax of Russian by John F. Bailyn,John Frederick Bailyn (2012)(view only)
  • Google Books Learn Russian the Fast and Fun Way by Thomas R. Beyer (1993)(view only)
  • Google Books The Phonetics of Russian by Daniel Jones,Dennis Ward (2011)(view only)

Russian Vocabulary

Vocabulary-related (and digitized) E-books

  • Google Books Easy Russian Phrase Book: Over 690 Basic Phrases for Everyday Use (1995)(view only)
  • Google Books Dirty Russian by Erin Coyne,Igor Fisun (2010)(view only)
  • Google Books Using Russian Synonyms by Terence Wade,Nijole White (2004)(view only)
  • Google Books My First Book of Russian Words by Katy R.  Kudela (2004)(view only)

Russian Reading Materials

Russian Dictionaries

Russian Apps


Russian Listening and Video Resources




  • - A list of over 180 radio stations from Russia
  • - A list of over 100 radio stations from Russia


Russian In Other Languages

  • - Basic and Intermediate Russian Course for Spanish speakers
  • - Russian Course for Japanese speakers
  • - Russian for Russians. The website to accompany the Russian for Russians textbook for heritage learners of Russian. Includes a section on learning the alphabet including sound files and a multitude of interactive grammar and vocabulary exercises.

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