... Or rather, the lack thereof? I feel like this is a dumb question, but I just want to confirm if the Russian program has oral exercises yet. I haven't had any so far, and I remember there being plenty in the Italian program. Is this because Russian's still in Beta mode or do I just have my settings incorrect? Thanks!
That's one of the disadvantages of studying with Duolingo only. You need to immerse yourself by going to Russia or talking to Russian people or going to a place where you can practice.
The way Duolingo works is that it explains you grammar points and gives you vocabulary on a fun way. But you are not really practicing, you are just discovering the language. The next step is to use that language you are discovering: Remember it and try it in the real world.