Lessons

Russian Alphabet Lesson

In this lesson you are going to learn all about the Russian alphabet! Russians write with an alphabet called the Cyrillic script. You will notice that many Cyrillic letters look similar to Latin letters (we use the Latin alphabet), because both alphabets descend from the Greek alphabet. This lesson will teach you how to read,… Continue reading Russian Alphabet Lesson

Reviews

Rosetta Stone Russian Review

I’m sure you have heard of this software before: Rosetta Stone. When many people think of learning a new language, they automatically think of Rosetta Stone. But is it worth the money? Does it work? Read my review to find out! ๐Ÿ™‚ I don’t want to spoil the review for you, but my answers are… Continue reading Rosetta Stone Russian Review

Phonology

Dialects of the Russian Language

There are a large number of dialects of the Russian language. So far, you have probably only been exposed to Standard Russian. Standard Russian is the “Moscow dialect” that nearly every student of Russian learns about first. Linguists typically divide Russian dialects into three groups: Northern, Central, and Southern. The Central Russian dialects are transitional… Continue reading Dialects of the Russian Language

Reading/Writing

On The Russian Hard Sign…

In modern Russian, the hard sign is kind of rare. But did you know that it used to be quite common? That’s right! It was just as common as the soft sign until the Russian Revolution. After the Revolution, a spelling reform took place and the hard sign was taken away where it wasn’t needed.

Phonology

How to pronounce Russian ‘ั‰’ (shch, sch)

Russian ‘ั‰‘ can sound a whole lot like ‘ัˆ‘ to the untrained, newbie ear! It is important to pronounce them both correctly, because they are both unique sounds! Some resources will tell you that ‘ั‰‘ is pronounced as “shch”, as in “fresh cheese.” This is not correct in modern Standard Russian!

Recommendations

Do-it-yourself language immersion

I just read a great article on how to mimic immersion in a language at home, without visiting/living in the country where it’s spoken! The guy writes about French in this article, but it may be applied toย any language โ€” including Russian! So, check it out here!

Phonology · Vocabulary

Russian Consonant Clusters

The Russian language is well known for its consonant clusters. There are many clusters that are very difficult for English speakers to pronounce. Why do these consonant clusters exist? The English language once had some “strange” consonant clusters. Look at the word ‘know’. This word was once pronounced just as it looks. However, we English… Continue reading Russian Consonant Clusters