Russian lessons

Tea or coffee?

Tea or coffee?

Would you like tea or coffee? This dilemma awaits you not only in cafés, but also at meetings – like in our dialog. After this lesson, you'll have no problems in either ordering tea or coffee, or offering it to others. In addition, we'll get to know different kinds of tea in Russia and have a look at its tea culture.

Here's your change

Here's your change

It's check-out time, so let's finish our shopping and pay. And don't forget your change! To deal with change and paying, it's useful to learn how to count – even if for now it's only up to five.

What's for breakfast?

What's for breakfast?

Feeding a kid is never easy, and in Russia it can be a real challenge. Russian kids usually hate traditional Russian kids' meals like porridge and soup. Let's try these dishes, too – maybe they are not as bad as we Russians thought as children.

It's only us here!

It's only us here!

It's time to visit a Russian restaurant! Is there one in the vicinity? No problem if you're in Moscow – and quite a chore in a small provincial town.

Untranslatable Russian Cuisine

Untranslatable Russian Cuisine

Have you ever heard of borsch? Or okroshka? Today's lesson will help you to get through some delicious mysteries of Russian cuisine and lead you to the best restaurants where they are found.

 Supermarket

Supermarket

Enough of the fancy restaurants! It's time to go grocery shopping. There are plenty of shops around, and our lesson will not only help you to make the right choice, but also to talk to the salespeople.

A too helpful waitress

A too helpful waitress

"At your service!" In today's dialog, the waitress is trying a bit too hard to be helpful: Taking your orders is one thing, but deciding them for you? No, thanks!
Check out our lesson to learn how to be your own man – or woman – in a Russian restaurant.

At the market

At the market

Today, we're going to buy some fresh fruit at the market. While the character in our dialog doesn't seem to know what he wants to buy, it's still a good chance for us to learn some useful expressions and measures.

Maslenitsa – Butter Week

Maslenitsa – Butter Week

In Russia, the winter season – and especially Maslenitsa, Russian Carnival week - is a season of pancakes. No one can resist Russian pancakes filled with caviar and eaten with mead – except maybe some extremely health-conscious fitness addicts.

The early bird gets the worm

The early bird gets the worm

Доброе утро! Good morning! Some of us enjoy rising early and starting the day with the birdies, but for the larger part of humanity it's an everyday torture. Just like for the hero of today's dialog: At tough times like these, even coffee doesn't help. But maybe a couple of soothing folk-sayings about early rising will cheer him up? Let's learn them, too!

Guests are a-coming

Guests are a-coming

Despite their natural reserve and seeming unfriendliness, Russians are well-known for throwing exuberant parties. The backstage of the festivities can be stressful and chaotic, but the result is always delicious. Our lesson will provide you with some menu suggestions among other things – so you'd better not go through it on an empty stomach!