10 BEST Podcasts for Russian Language Students of ALL Levels


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From beginner to advanced, choose your course and hone your skills. Davai!


1. Fluentli

This podcast is a great starting point for people learning Russian for the first time. In the podcast’s many episodes, the teacher, Alice Val, reads simple texts on various topics in English with interjections of Russian words. At the end of each podcast, a student learns many words that Russians use frequently in real conversations. The teacher’s pace is slow and repetitive, which makes this podcast ideal for absolute beginners.

2. One minute of Russian

The authors of this podcast promise to teach students the basics of the Russian language using “short, easy-to-follow video lessons.” The course covers various topics ranging from greetings to introduction to counting etc. Although it is less in depth than the Fluentli podcast, it is nonetheless capable of providing a foundation for someone who has never studied Russian before. In case Fluentli or other podcasts seem too long, One Minute Russian provides a suitable short alternative.

3. Simplified Russian

This podcast consists of 30 episodes that introduce learners to the basics of the Russian language. The authors use pattern recognition and contextual learning techniques to teach the language. Each episode is transcribed and available in PDF format. As a bonus, each episode also comes with exercises available for download.


4. Slow Russian

This podcast is excellent in terms of coverage of Russian-related topics. Life in the USSR, Russian ballet, Russian writers, cartoons, cities and Victory Day – whatever you want. The Slow Russian podcast seems to have it all covered. Each episode is also accompanied by a transcript in Russian and English.

5. The value of speech

The author of this podcast, provided by The Moscow Times, delves into topics of various interests. Throughout the episodes, host, journalist and performer Michele Berdy delves into various aspects of professional and personal life in Russia, from her experience as a simultaneous performer to the phrases used to describe the different stages of alcohol intoxication in Russia. Russian. The language of some episodes seems quite complicated for intermediate level users, but the Russian interjections are often too short to place the podcast in the upper middle group.

6. Russian with Max

This excellent podcast features everything from recent State Duma elections to travel to Russia to vaccination against Covid-19 in the country. The podcast host goes into details, but he does so in slow, easy-to-understand Russian. As a result, listeners have the opportunity to discover complex topics related to Russia without fear of getting lost in unfamiliar vocabulary.

7. Russian podcast

The host of this podcast uses the teaching of Russian in Russian only. No English is used here to facilitate the learning process. However, her Russian is slow and easy to understand. The subject selection is really comprehensive, with over 300 episodes in total.


8. Foreign comrade

This podcast includes a series of interviews with non-native Russian speakers by a native Russian speaker covering all kinds of topics, from reasons foreigners learn Russian to their experience with vaccination in the country. Some episodes feature very unusual topics, such as “Foreigners and a Russian Prison”. An advanced level of Russian may be required to fully grasp the rich content.

9. Very Russian

When the basics of the language are learned, it might be time to hone your ability to use idioms, rarely used phrases, and slang, so that your speech sounds distinctly Russian. The Very Much Russian podcast does just that: it goes over countless words and phrases that you won’t find in your typical Russian textbook.

10. Like Pushkin

The author of this podcast claims that his listeners will “be building talking muscles” in no time. She voluntarily abandons the rules and explanations and jumps directly into monologues on different subjects. The podcast is available on all major platforms and you can support the creator on Patreon as well.

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Sylvester L. Goldfarb

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