https://www.duolingo.com/Theron126

Some useful resources for Russian

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I thought I'd put together a list of some of the resources I've found most useful for learning Russian, in the hope that they may be useful to someone else.

Note: some or all of these won't handle transliterations. I very strongly recommend anyone learning Russian to learn Cyrillic. For the Cyrillic alphabet and installing a Russian keyboard, see this post: https://www.duolingo.com/comment/11449014 For practice typing in Cyrillic, see this post: https://www.duolingo.com/comment/11435810

I can't recommend this site too highly. If you use one resource from this post, make it this one. You can enter a word or phrase and see how it's used in the real world with example sentences and translations. You can go Russian -> English or English -> Russian. It also works with a few other languages. http://context.reverso.net/%D0%BF%D0%B5%D1%80%D0%B5%D0%B2%D0%BE%D0%B4

Wiktionary. Enter a Russian word to see translations and declension/conjugation tables. It may be missing some rarer words, but it's pretty good. https://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/Wiktionary:Main_Page

A quick and easy way to check the declension of a word. Enter any form to see the entire declension or conjugation table. The translation isn't really reliable. Wiktionary is in general the more helpful site, but I find this more convenient if you're just wanting to quickly check the dative singular form of a word. http://starling.rinet.ru/cgi-bin/morphque.cgi?flags=endnnnnp
EDIT: I haven't used this site as much but it seems to be even easier to use. Unlike the site above it doesn't show stress marking, but it isn't confused by capital letters and ё and it includes proper nouns. http://www.morfologija.ru/

Forvo. Listen to pronunciation of Russian words by human Russian speakers. http://forvo.com/languages/ru/

Yandex translator. Yandex is, as far as I can tell, Russia's answer to Google. Their translator is probably better for Russian-English, I don't know about other languages. https://translate.yandex.com/

A good site for alternate grammar explanations, and the word of the day is a great way to learn vocabulary. The verb conjugations page that I linked to is a bit limited though, you'll probably do better with Wiktionary for that. http://masterrussian.com/verbs/conjugations.htm

This site is entirely in Russian so it may be a bit harder to use if you don't know Russian grammatical terms. Entering a word will give both the declension table and example sentences. Unlike the others, I haven't used this site much so I don't know how reliable it is. http://www.translate.ru/dictionary/ru-en/

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https://www.duolingo.com/jairapetyan
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Very nice font of resources! Thanks so much. I have bookmarked those I didn't know about, and hopefully will get into the habit of using them (read: I shall not be so lazy... I shall not be so lazy...)!

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Camilla-danesa
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you are not lazy... you are not lazy!! :-)

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Dogdogcat

This is a bit of a different beast, but just this morning I started listening to iTunes U beginning Russian course from UCLA (after having it on my iPhone for years). The teacher first comes across as a little low energy, but he adds some insights (for example, about pronunciation) that nicely supplement duoLingo. For those of us who are multitaskers, its nice to have something to just listen to.

Edit: I also like to use en.openrussian.org for a dictionary, declensions, examples, etc.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/.untouchable
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I am not the author, but i guess it is very useful if you use duolingo mainly on the PC. Maybe it's worth to add here:

"Hi guys I created a Chrome extension that automatically changes the input to Cyrillic whenever you have to type something Russian in Duolingo. It works for QWERTY and QWERTZ keyboards at the moment, you can change it in the extension settings. You can get it here: https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/duolibro/ogianofickehjjgaopiohbgjhmhbdafn "

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https://www.duolingo.com/piguy3
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http://www.morfologija.ru/

Massive scale full declensions, but perhaps more useful for learners (given the relative comprehensiveness and, well, Englishness of Wiktionary for this) is that it massively beats Wiktionary (and other options, as well, if not by the same overwhelming margin) for providing an infinitive (i.e. much easier to locate a translation of) when all you have is a conjugated form.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Theron126
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Wow, thanks - this site is basically the same as the starling.rinet.ru one, but it has some definite advantages. It shows you a list of words when you start typing. It accepts either е or ё where appropriate, while the other insists on е. It isn't confused by capital letters and it has proper nouns. The only real drawback is that it doesn't indicate stress.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Dimidov

Maybe add Forvo? It has a list of all sorts of people pronouncing Russian words with slightly more trustworthy accuracy than the Duolingo voice over.

Also, would yandex.ru be a good addition to the list? It is - as I understand it - a widely used Russian search engine, much like Google for the Western world.

Except for the last one, I know all of these already, partially thanks to your promotion. Thanks again for that. :)

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Theron126
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Yandex would be a good addition. And Forvo I should have thought of myself. I'll edit those in. In fact I'll replace GT with Yandex, everyone knows GT anyway.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/mosfet07

Since Yandex shut down its dictionary service, ABBYY is the best online Russian dictionary now, I think: http://lingvo-online.ru/en

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/an_alias
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I'm not going to speak for Theron, but I get the sense that the Yandex entry was less to be used as a dictionary than as an actual machine translation alternative (for Russian - English) than Google Translate.

Sure, it's no dictionary but it's MILES better than Google Translate for that and so many people don't know about it. It's far from perfect but it's so much less awful than GT for Russian-English.

But you're right, ABBYY is definitely an amazing resource.

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https://www.duolingo.com/BillEverett
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I often use МУЛЬТИТРАН for English=Russian and Russian=English, not because it is definitive but because it usually gives me several ideas when I seek the best synonym and my brainsucker is starving. As an example, I just looked up словарь. There are links to 551 фраза в 58 тематиках for this word. See http://www.multitran.ru/c/m.exe?CL=1s=%F1%EB%EE%E2%E0%F0%FCl1=1

Similarly, at http://www.multitran.ru/c/m.exe?l1=2l2=1s=dictionary there are links to 469 фраз в 49 тематиках. Only 1 phrase in biology: DNA dictionary of sense words=ДНК-словарь смысловых слов

(may need to cut and paste the complete link)

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Theron126
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I hadn't heard of this site, looks like one I will definitely make use of. Thanks!

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https://www.duolingo.com/Ifphigenia
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Thanks my dear guru .... I shall make great use of this ..... have a lingot or ten in gratitude.:-)

I made it eleven to avoid unlucky thirteen!

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Jannelies1

Thank you for this interesting and very useful topic! I can use all the help I can get ;-)

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https://www.duolingo.com/Theron126
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You're welcome! I hope you find some of these helpful :-)

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https://www.duolingo.com/Dogdogcat

Thanks, Theron! I will try a lot of these out.

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https://www.duolingo.com/an_alias
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Brilliant list, Theron!

And I can't agree with you enough on the usefulness of the http://context.reverso.net/ site.

Now, if only someone has a site that has beginner level side-by-side translations so I can practice both ways without having to bother people on other sites asking to check my crappy translation attempts...

(that's a hint, in case you missed it ;) )

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Theron126
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I'm not sure I understand exactly what you're looking for. Did you have a look at the word of the day page on the Master Russian site? The sentences there tend to be fairly easy. Is that something like what you want?

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https://www.duolingo.com/an_alias
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That page is good, but it's not quite what I want.

The translations are right next to the phrase so it's too easy for me to catch at least pieces of them before I try to translate it myself.

And they're only single sentences.

What I would LOVE to find is something that gives me a paragraph in English or Russian (without the answer right there so I can cheat) that I can translate but then it also provides the reverse translation so I can check my work.

Translating sentences is fine but I find it a little boring. Having something a little longer would be great.

I read/translate new articles and the like but with that there's no real way of knowing if I completely grasped it (machine translation only gets you so far from Russian to English and is completely unhelpful in the reverse).

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Theron126
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:-) http://ilibrary.ru/text/11/index.html
https://www.gutenberg.org/files/2600/2600-h/2600-h.htm

I really don't know of anything like that. You can have a shot at immersion articles here, you don't have an English translation but you will have other people to check your translations.

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https://www.duolingo.com/an_alias
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What are you doing? That first paragraph is clearly French!

Smart alek :-)

And thanks, yeah I was kind of hoping for a way to make my many mistakes privately and gain a level of comfort before subjecting the rest of the world to them.

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https://www.duolingo.com/piguy3
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Look at Immersion articles that are already finished? I personally found this immensely valuable - and the features of the translate tab (i.e. hiding the translation) ideally suited for exactly the reason you mention.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Dimidov

Still one of the best and comprehensive posts on resources for Russian that I've found on Duo yet. (It helps that I know where to find this one, so now that my bookmarks have died an ignoble death and my backup appears corrupted by the forces of evil, I can easily recreate my folder of Russian links, at least.)

Спасибо, терон!

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/lyzazel
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Don't forget: https://cooljugator.com/ru - our Russian verb conjugator :)

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/wayne902574

Thank you.

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https://www.duolingo.com/rafikov
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http://gramota.ru/ is a service used by many native speakers. Use it to check the spelling and more if your Russian level is closer to advanced.

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https://www.duolingo.com/Theron126
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Thanks, bookmarked.

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https://www.duolingo.com/PauloMor
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Procuro por um teclado virtual para Russo e Ucraniano.

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https://www.duolingo.com/Theron126
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You're looking for an on-screen keyboard? Did you look at this post? https://www.duolingo.com/comment/11449014 Once you've installed a Russian keyboard on your computer, you can simply use Windows' built-in on-screen keyboard if you're using Windows. Beyond that I'm afraid I can't help you.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/jeanmenezesjjk

You should DEFINITELY add 3ears.com on your list. They have Russian TV content with interactive captions!

1 year ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Theron126
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Thanks! I've bookmarked it, I'll look more when I have time, which will be not for a while...

1 year ago
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