Something new and wonderful has come to you Russian learners! This something is Russian LinguaLift!
This review is going to be short and sweet, because Russian LinguaLift is really something that needs to be experienced first hand! That’s how great it is!
First of all, you need to be aware that Russian LinguaLift is new, so it’s limited in what it can provide to more advanced Russian learners. There are five major sections of the site:
- Vocab Lab
- Verb Academy
The E-Textbook is just that: a textbook on the Internet. Remember that Russian LinguaLift is new, and at the time of this review, the textbook only contains eight lessons — which teach all of the basics. So if you are an advanced or intermediate Russian learner, you’re not going to get much out of these lessons except for a refreshment.
Having said all of that, the textbook lessons are great! I wish I had lessons like these when I first started learning Russian. Audio and quizzes are included, and that makes it much, much better than any real textbook. Also, the e-textbook will likely be updated and improved all the time — and new, more advanced chapters will be available in the future!!
The Vocab Lab is the best part of the website, in my opinion. You practice Russian vocabulary (hence the name, Vocab Lab) and there is audio for each word you learn! And what’s great is that you can toggle that audio off when you don’t want to hear it!! 😛
It is recommended that you start from the basics and work yourself up, but you may skip around to different categories of vocabulary at any time. Once you choose a category and start, you are presented with Russian words and their English translation. You may choose “I know it” or “I don’t know it.” Or you can click “Never show again”, but that’s no fun! You are then later tested on the words that were introduced to you!
The Verb Academy is another great part of the website. It is much like the Vocab Lab, except you practice inflectional endings for verbs. You choose to test yourself in either Present tense, Past tense, Future tense, or the Imperative mood.
You are then provided with a person (я, ты, он/она/оно, мы, вы, они) and a verb to inflect. It is simply WONDERFUL for practicing verbs!! 🙂
The Games are awesome!! There are currently two games: Frenzy and Blocks.
Frenzy is a game in which you practice the Russian keyboard layout. You’re going to have to install the Russian keyboard layout on your computer, and once you do that you can play!
Waves of different words will come towards your little spaceship at the bottom of the screen, and you simply type the words you see and your spaceship will shoot them 🙂
Blocks is a game for practicing vocabulary. It’s honestly not one of my favorites, but it’s quite simple. All you do is place synonyms and related words into one of three columns and make sure that they’re related or you’ll clutter things up!!
And finally, there are the Resources. This is a section of the site that includes work sheets, cheat sheets, wallpapers, and I’m sure much, much more will come! Remember that Russian LinguaLift is new! I can’t stress that enough.
Russian LinguaLift is new, but it is already a wonderful tool to add to your arsenal. If you are a beginner at Russian, you would be crazy not to give it a try. If you are an intermediate Russian learner, you should definitely have a look at the Vocab Lab, Verb Academy, and the games.
If you are an advanced Russian learner, then Russian LinguaLift will probably not teach you anything new. But, it is still fun! So you should try it out, play some games and just check things out!!
Lucky for you, Russian LinguaLift offers a 7-day FREE trial so you can try it right now!
Once the trial period ends, you have three subscriptions to choose from:
- Arcade – $9 a month and includes the educational games only.
- Toolbox – $19 a month and includes the educational games, vocab lab, and verb academy.
- Complete – $29 a month and includes everything! 🙂
So what are you waiting for?! Visit Russian LinguaLift now! ;D