We’re not going to startle you with too much grammar on this level. Instead, we’re giving you the very essential vocabulary for your survival in Russia. You’ll learn some small talk language, office and tourist vocabulary, some phrases that will help you not to die from hunger or get lost, as well as various ways to tell people your Russian is sort of still in the cradle, so they might consider talking a little slower.
On this level you’ll learn what to say and how to behave in everyday situations like buying and ordering food, asking for directions, getting a taxi or using public transport, and much more. You’ll learn the very basics of Russian grammar: past, present and future forms of verbs, as well as basic forms of adjectives and possessive pronouns. You will also start learning the system of Russian cases, i. e. Accusative and Prepositional cases (in case you don’t know what a case is, don’t worry — it all will be explained in the podcasts.) This level is also filled with useful tips on Russian life: how to talk to strangers, what’s considered appropriate and what’s not, and other little things that will make your stay (or your life!) in Russia much easier and more fun.
The Elementary level is the most challenging one we have to offer so far. Though the learning process here might be difficult at times, you’ll feel fully rewarded once you get through it — for it is this level where you’ll learn all the essentials of Russian grammar.
By the time you’re done, you’ll know what a verbal aspect is and how dramatically it may change the meaning of your words. You’ll see that if you add a tiny little syllable “–ся” to the end of some Russian verbs, the action will be turned back on the speaker. You’ll deepen your knowledge of motion verbs and now will be able to talk about a moving inside or outside a place, to it of from it. After learning the main forms of Genitive and Dative cases you’ll find it easier to describe objects in space and time and count them. More information on Accusative will show you how Russians grammatically distinguish things from people. Show more
We’re going to cover all of this and much more through listening to dialogues, authentic poems and songs. Our comments on everyday life in Russia will go along with discussions on its geography, ethnic composition, religion, history and art.
Basic level is a good place to practice when you already know the main forms and meanings of the five cases of Russian: Nominative, Prepositional, Accusative, Genitive and Dative. This level will give you an opportunity to learn other forms that words can take in these cases and complete the picture by learning the last one of Russian cases – the Instrumental case.
Knowledge (and usage) of the whole case system of Russian will help you to go through a large portion of everyday situations. Besides, we’ll keep on learning new things about perfective and imperfective verbs, reflexive verbs and verbs of motion. We’ll also show you how to express the same idea using different grammatical constructions. You’ll learn different ways to compare things, talk about purposes, reasons and conditions. Show more
All that will be illustrated by sample dialogs along with audio episodes from movies and folklore stories. After listening to some of them you’ll be able to surprise your Russian friends by saying something they may have heard in their childhood or by quoting a good old Soviet comedy. Feeling like a native is worth trying, right?
RusPod Shorts are your free weekly Russian lessons that don’t require any previous knowledge of Russian. Each episode explains some particular rule or piece of vocabulary and is rarely connected to previous shows. This way, you can tune in whenever you want, listen to any episode, and get yourself an instant shot of Russian. It’s a great way to keep learning without spending too much energy, time or money!