Here is a master list of all of the FREE Russian learning resources online.
I put together what I believe is a comprehensive list of all of the free online resources to learn Russian (DUO is right at the top of course), including video, audio, apps, courses, dictionaries, websites, textbooks ... you name it. The complete list is here: http://gratisglobal.com/learn-russian-free/
If I missed anything at all, please let me know so I can add it. My criteria are that the resource must be free, useful and high quality. I do include apps and programs with the "freemium model" as long as the free offering is substantial enough.
Hope this is helpful. Susie
Yandex translator https://translate.yandex.com/ tends to do a bit better than Google for Russian. There's an app for it as well, I've never used the apps for either.
One really minor nitpick... "It borders more countries than other nation" - excluding de facto independent states with limited recognition, both Russia and China border 14 countries. The sentence is true if you recognize Abkhazia and South Ossetia (which Russia does).
Ok, great, thanks for the suggestion about Yandex, and also for the note about bordering countries.
Don't get too excited, any online translator is going to be limited. Do check out Reverso-Context http://context.reverso.net/%D0%BF%D0%B5%D1%80%D0%B5%D0%B2%D0%BE%D0%B4/
You've already got Reverso in there :-) That was actually the first thing I checked.
Very cool! Thanks for sharing! According to their press release, Mandarin, Japanese, and Russian should be added next. They currently offer translations for English, German, French, Spanish, Italian, Polish, and Dutch.
clozemaster, I have only just sarted using it but I can say it's pretty good.
Thanks for the list, very helpful! I've found using my phone and google's voice to text with Russian gives me a good way to help pronunciation, I figure if Google can understand what I'm saying in Russian clearly enough, others (including native speakers) should have no problem understanding me. Though, it's been commented my accent is quite thick, and many native Russian speakers aren't completely accustomed to a thick American accent behind their language.
It's also nice to learn phrases and such you might use on a regular basis. Best resource for me (so far) has been talking to actual Russians on Discord and Skype, however!
That's a great idea. And, yes, ultimately the best thing to do once you get the most basic knowledge of the language is to immediately start practicing it.
I really like Be Fluent In Russian with Fedor. He speaks clearly in English and Russian and lesson is a very manageable size.
Most of the time, I can find a lesson by him that corresponds to a Duo lesson and it works to help me learn and retain the lesson a lot better. I can recall the language rules and they make more sense.
As a beginner, I find this very helpful and instructive. I find it a lot better in trying to retain what I learn from Duo or from Be Fluent. Duo and Be Fluent are my top 2 main learning resources for Russian, at the moment. I really like Memrise also. Another good resource for helping to retain the information.
Yes, Be Fluent is great. I'm also a huge Memrise fan. I think it is good to do alongside Duo for drilling in vocab.
I use Pushkin Institute's free online courses, I don't believe I saw them in your list: https://pushkininstitute.ru/learn
They also have the thoroughest pronunciation training course ever imaginable. It almost made me quit as it seemed endless and I was not a total beginner when I found it. But my persistence paid off when I got to the main course, which I consider really good. I think they also provide some kind of certification if you complete the courses.
Great tip! Is it entirely free for all levels? I did a quick look around and it seems really comprehensive. Thanks.
Thanks a million - it looks great! I was also wondering if it is free for all levels. I'll check it out.
I don't really know about higher levels, but I think it's free, it's a state institute after all.
Thanks for your reply. Yes, it makes sense that it would be free for all levels.
Their site is really slow. Looks like they're based in Russia don't use a CDN. Checking out their courses anyway though. Thanks for the tip.
Отлично! It is helpful, you bet. Awesome. I know what I'll be doing tomorrow, be it rain or shine :-) Спасибо! Спокойной ночь.