https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Sfouge1

Here is a master list of all of the FREE Russian learning resources online.

Hey guys,

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

May 29, 2018

35 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Theron126

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).

May 29, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Sfouge1

Ok, great, thanks for the suggestion about Yandex, and also for the note about bordering countries.

May 30, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/PycLearner

Finally a better alternative to google translate, thanks.

May 31, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Theron126

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/

May 31, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Sfouge1

looks good, thanks!

May 31, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Theron126

You've already got Reverso in there :-) That was actually the first thing I checked.

May 31, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Sfouge1

Ok Great, I was 99% sure I did!

May 31, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Compukatje

Always! Thanks for the heads-up :-)

June 3, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/oyasisho

Another alternative (though for a limited number of languages - sadly, russian is not among them) would be deepl.com.

August 16, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Sfouge1

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.

September 5, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/PycLearner

clozemaster, I have only just sarted using it but I can say it's pretty good.

May 31, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Sfouge1

awesome, I've heard great things about it.

May 31, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/helloworld2015

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!

May 31, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Sfouge1

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.

May 31, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ElizabethS746001

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.

May 31, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Sfouge1

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.

May 31, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/YPSILONZ

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.

June 1, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Elias.Vitor

Great tip! Is it entirely free for all levels? I did a quick look around and it seems really comprehensive. Thanks.

June 1, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/YPSILONZ

See my reply below.

June 3, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Sfouge1

Thanks a million - it looks great! I was also wondering if it is free for all levels. I'll check it out.

June 2, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/YPSILONZ

I don't really know about higher levels, but I think it's free, it's a state institute after all.

June 3, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Sfouge1

Thanks for your reply. Yes, it makes sense that it would be free for all levels.

June 3, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ptoro

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.

June 3, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/P-Code

That's a lot of resources. Молодец и спасибо.)

May 30, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Sfouge1

Sure, пожалуйста

May 30, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Fluffy-Dasher

Спасибо :)

May 30, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Sfouge1

You are welcome!

May 31, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/seeuju

thanks

June 1, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Sfouge1

No Problem!

June 1, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Mel_italian

Thanks Susie - this is really useful.

June 1, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Sfouge1

Sure, I'm glad it's useful!

June 2, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Saskia390132

Thanks, I will check it out.

June 2, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Sfouge1

Great!

June 2, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Compukatje

Отлично! It is helpful, you bet. Awesome. I know what I'll be doing tomorrow, be it rain or shine :-) Спасибо! Спокойной ночь.

June 2, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Sfouge1

Great:)

June 3, 2018
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