best way to learn russian

Learning Russian is like picking up a new habit. You’re not quite sure how to go about it, you’re nervous, and intimidated that it won’t go well.

This guide will walk you through a few basic strategies, though the best way to learn Russian often varies from person to person depending on your learning type.

Whichever method is best for you, part of learning a new language comes down to repetition. You want to immerse yourself in the Russian language. To familiarize yourself with common greetings in Russian and verb tense, stuff that you can’t get by without.

Greetings in Russian

Доброе утро — Good morning

Добро пожаловать — Welcome

Добрый день — Good afternoon.

Рад познакомиться с вами — I’m pleased to meet you.

Пожалуйста (Pozalujsta) — Please

Большое спасибо (Bol’šoe spasibo) — Thank you (informal)
Благодарю вас (Blagodarju vas) – Thank you (formal)

Прошу прощения — I’m sorry.

До свидания orr Доброй ночи (Dobroj noči) — Good-bye.

Привет (Privet)– Hello.

Да (Da) — Yes

Нет (Njet) — No

Я не знаю (Ja ne znaju) — I don’t know/I’m not sure

Я понимаю (Ja ponimaju) — I understand/I get it

Я Не понимаю (Ja ne ponimaju) — I don’t understand

Вы говорите по-английски? (Vy govorite po-anglijski?) — Do you speak English?

Kak skazat’ … po-russki? — How do you say XX in Russian?

Я вас люблю (Ja vas ljublju) — I love you

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Numbers in Russian

Did you know there are 33 letters in the Russian alphabet?

Now you do! Live Lingua Russian teacher Maria walks us through the Russian alphabet, noting both similarities and differences between the English alphabet and Russian, and hints on how to recognize each letter. She also discusses pronunciation, which as any of you just starting out learning the Russian alphabet are likely well aware, can be quite confusing at first.

So sit back and let Maria guide you through the basics of the Russian alphabet — the first building block to speaking Russian! Live Lingua is proud to offer Russian lessons taught by native Russian speakers. To sign up for your free 60-minute trial Russian lesson, visit our Russian page.

For more videos on the Russian language, along with free language courses and Skype lessons, check out the immersive language lessons from Live Lingua — your trial lesson is on the house! We’re here to help you get ready to travel through Russia, and to communicate with locals and other travelers alike once you get there. It will be the experience of a lifetime, amplified by the fact that you have a basic understanding of the language.

Live Lingua wants to give you a free immersive Russian lesson

Before you visit Russia or engage in a Russian-language conversation for work, or whatever the reason for your interest in learning Russian, its best to have a general understanding of how the language works. The best way to gain that understanding is through immersion, and one-on-one lessons offer exactly that.

By studying with one of our native Russian speakers, you’ll work with the most important words in the language as well as common Russian phrases and greetings in Russian. You’ll become accustomed with hearing and saying the words and phrases, and we’re happy to say that our trial lesson is always free.

Live Lingua built the most effective immersive language learning platform available by hiring native speakers to work one-on-one with our students. Lessons happen on your schedule, and take place via Skype so there’s no pressure and no fear of embarassment or intimidation.

Even if you don’t have any prior experience with words or greetings in Russian, this is the best place to start. Learn more about our immersive Russian lessons.

Work one-on-one with a native Russian speaker

The absolute best way to learn Russian is to speak it. Since you don’t know the language, this sounds trickier than it actually is. but this is where immersive Russian lessons come in.

A native Russian speaker trained in teaching the language can speak one-on-one with you at your level and pace. They’ll work with you to progress, and because it’s only you and the teacher, there’s no intimidation or pressure. 

Live Lingua offers private lessons with a native Russian speaker.

Our platform is developed from over ten years of experience behind the best immersive language learning platform online, and another 10+ years of in-person teaching before that. 

The first lesson is free — learn more here!

Memorize the need-to-know common sentences

Getting a grip on greetings and common Russian phrases is essential if you’re traveling to Russia. In most cases, you’ll need to at least use a formal greeting in restaurants, hotels, the airport, taxis, and other social settings, even in places where a person might speak English. 

Once you break the initial barrier of introduction, communication flows more freely. But you definitely want to be able to say ‘hello’ and ‘excuse me.’

Make Russian media part of your daily life

Russian television, music, and film can be engaging, flamboyant, and fun — or they can be the exact opposite.

Either way, the way the Russian language is used in media is the most natural and straightforward way of speaking Russian. It is the way Russians talk, primarily in the formal setting, and how they are used to hearing their language presented.

Try and download a few podcasts or episodes in Russian. Start with our personal favorite, News in Slow Russian.

Then move on to Russian movies, television, and music.

We also have a free tool for you — our Live Lingua Project, and it’s loaded with free materials to help you study Russian.

Grab our FREE Russian Survival Crash Course to get our collection of free audio files and PDFS to help you learn Russian fast! 

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