Some russian online resources (oct 2017)



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SOME RUSSIAN ONLINE RESOURCES (OCT 2017)

Podcasts / Youtube channels

Title

Author

Description

Level

Link

The Russian Grammar Channel

Dr Curtis Ford

100+ short videos covering basic to advanced grammar points, explained in a particularly clear, succinct and friendly way

GCSE to A Level/Pre-U

https://www.youtube.com/user/russiangrammar

Explore Russian

Angelos Georgakis

Innovative videos and blogs for learning about Russian grammar and culture, often recorded in situ e.g. Russian Cases (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P0nYhjvRl2o) or Verbal Aspects (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kEt8is1OKTc) explained by passers-by on the streets of St Petersburg. Also uses films, songs, poems and cartoons in an interesting way.

GCSE to A Level/Pre-U

YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCn14-NQ2-FRIM0Yh0fVXN7g?sub_confirmation=1

Website: http://explorerussian.com



Moscow Times podcast

Michele Berdy, writer for Moscow Times

New weekly podcast (c. 5 mins each) with intriguing points of grammar and idiom from a fluent but non-native perspective

A Level/Pre-U

http://podcast.themoscowtimes.com/episodes

BBC Russian Service blogs

BBC Russian Service

  1. BBC Russian Service Londonблог: short videos in Russian about British life e.g. русские места Лондона; мифы о Лондоне; самые странные английские законы; приют "Баттерси"

  2. BBC Russian Service Киноблог: Russian cinema blog

  3. BBC Russian blog Страна Россия: about Russia by a Scot teaching at a Russian university

A Level/Pre-U

  1. www.bbc.com/russian/blog-londonblog-38241764

  2. http://www.bbc.com/russian/blogs/film

  3. http://www.bbc.com/russian/blogs/strana_russia

Weekly Russian

Weekly Russian

Sections for learning Russian through different media e.g. Learn Russian with Cartoons; Learn Russian Pronunciation; Russian Songs with English and Russian Lyrics; Russian Folk Music.

Beginner to A Level/Pre-U

https://www.youtube.com/user/weeklyrussian

Slow Russian

“Daria” (PhD in Russian history; teacher of Russian as a foreign language)

Weekly podcasts of 10-20 mins on various Russian themes in English and (slower than usual) Russian


GCSE to A Level/Pre-U

Podcast: http://realrussianclub.com/slowrussianpodcast/

Youtube channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCyJznKYS9kkP7RWWq3YAbFw



Learn English with BBC Russian

BBC Russian Service

For Russians learning English! The presenters are often translating from English into Russian so good for A2 and Pre-U translation practice

A Level/Pre-U

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p02pc9px

Native Speaker – Russian Language

Native Russian man (not a teacher)

Weekly podcasts (2014-03/2017) of 5-10 mins recorded by a Russian man on his way to work in which he explains different idiomatic Russian phrases in everyday Russian

A Level/Pre-U

https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/native-speaker-russian-language/id840066142?mt=2

In Russian Terms – Advanced Russian Language

Elena (Russian and English teacher)

Podcasts of 10-15 mins recorded by a Russian teacher on current affairs and various cultural topics


A Level/Pre-U

Youtube channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCaNLaowdnxGghbg0VCpQPCw

Website: http://www.inrussianterms.com



SBS – Russian Radio

SBS Australian radio station

Coverage of Australian, Russian and international news in Russian updated daily

A Level/Pre-U

http://www.sbs.com.au/yourlanguage/russian

NHK World – Russian

NHK Japanese radio station

Coverage of Japanese, Russian and international news in Russian updated daily

A Level/Pre-U

https://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/ru/

Russian TV series

YouTube

Thousands of popular current Russian TV series of all genres (from historical and military dramas to comedies and Soviet cartoons). No option for English or Russian subtitles but could reduce speed under settings or teacher could provide a script.

A Level/Pre-U

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCcGkkZ3cu4wKTJKSNy_fDmw

Online language learning resources

Title

Author

Description

Level

Link

Russian Language Links

University of Sussex

Annotated list of various Russian-related online resources

Beginner to A Level/Pre-U

http://www.sussex.ac.uk/languages/resources/russian

Guide to Russian online language resources

iLoveLanguages

List of online resources related to various aspects of the Russian language, from dictionaries and newspapers to online courses.

Beginner to A Level/Pre-U

http://www.ilovelanguages.com/index.php?category=Languages%7CBy+Language%7CRussian

Время говорить по-русски [Time to speak Russian]

Center for International Education, Lomonosov Moscow State University

Introduction to Russian using stop-motion. For an added challenge students could set the 'home' language to another language they’re fairly strong in e.g. French, Spanish.

Beginner to GCSE

http://www.speak-russian.cie.ru/time_new/

Russian Open Courseware

University of Cambridge

Online course prepared by University of Cambridge Language Centre introducing students to Russian essentials and basic vocabulary split by nine GCSE-style topics using attractive software and materials.

Beginner to GCSE

http://www.langcen.cam.ac.uk/lc/opencourseware/russian/russian.html

BBC Guide to Russian

BBC

A few resources (not currently being updated) for beginners, including the alphabet and key phrases. The ‘Russian soap opera’ quiz is quite amusing.

Beginner

http://www.bbc.co.uk/languages/russian/soap/

Learn Russian For Free

russianforfree.com

Many useful resources split by level of difficulty including Russian texts with audio, dialogues with audio, Russian music videos and cartoons with translation, Russian comics, vocab quizzes.

Beginner to A Level/Pre-U

http://www.russianforfree.com

Master Russian

masterrussian.com

Various resources including grammar guides, picture dictionary, podcasts, tests and quizzes and ‘fun stuff’ (e.g. sounds of animals in Russian, Russian tongue twisters (сковоговорки), online crosswords).

Beginner to A Level/Pre-U

http://masterrussian.com

Russianrevision.com

russianrevision.com

Practice material for Russian A Level and GCSE, but also suitable for beginners (arranged by level, topic and grammar). Section on translating and Russian essay writing for A Level (including the research-based essay and tips on analysing a Russian book).

Beginner to A Level/Pre-U

http://www.russianrevision.com

Russian duolingo

duolingo

Russian version of the popular language learning app. Can take test to begin at the right level. Best to type answers in Cyrillic.

Beginner to GCSE

https://www.duolingo.com/welcome

Practice Russian

practicerussian.com

Crosswords, hangman and music with lyrics

GCSE to A Level/Pre-U

http://www.practicerussian.com

Intermediate Russian exercises

russianmentor.net

Extremely thorough online grammar exercises (perfect as Oxford MLAT and Pre-U grammar elements)

A Level/Pre-U

http://russianmentor.net/Ru_xx/STARTHERE.HTML

Writing and saying Russian numbers

various

Websites used by Russians for help with writing out long numbers in full

GCSE to A Level/Pre-U

1). https://выставить-счет.рф/number-propis/

2). http://www.num2word.ru

3). https://summa-propisyu.ru


Online dictionaries

Title

Author

Description

Level

Link

Reverso Context Russian

Softissimo Inc.

Online dictionary that trawls real-life translations to give ‘context’ and provides the source e.g. a search for ‘break a leg’ returns ‘Как говорят артисты - ни пуха ни пера.’ [source: Subtitles of movies/series] or a search for ‘decree’ returns ‘Новый Указ обеспечивает необходимое развитие и качественные улучшения.’ [source: United Nations]

A Level/Pre-U (in order to use wisely)

http://context.reverso.net/translation/russian-english/

http://context.reverso.net/translation/english-russian/



(also available as an app)

Ozhegov’s Russian dictionary (Толковый словарь русского языка)

S. I. Ozhegov (1900-1964)

Online version of Ozhegov’s Russian-Russian dictionary. A good way for students to use their existing Russian for looking up unknown vocabulary.

A Level/Pre-U

http://www.ozhegov.org

Pronunciation dictionary

Forvo

Recordings of words pronounced by native Russians (for students to find out stress on words for themselves)

GCSE to A Level/Pre-U

https://ru.forvo.com/languages/ru/

Online visual and cultural material

Title

Author

Description

Level

Link

Infographics (инфографики) produced by Russian media

Argumenty i Fakty newspaper

Attractive visual displays on wide range of topics, ranging from news, history or literature to entertainment and lifestyle. Many correspond to GCSE/A Level/Pre-U topics e.g.

  • http://www.aif.ru/dontknows/infographics/ermitazhnye_koty_infografika (Hermitage Museum cats)

  • http://www.aif.ru/dontknows/infographics/tipichnyy_rossiyskiy_kinozritel_infografika (Russian cinemagoers)

  • http://www.aif.ru/dontknows/infographics/mihail_bulgakov_osobye_primety_infografika (Bulgakov)

Upper GCSE to A Level/Pre-U

Infographics index: http://www.aif.ru/dontknows/infographics


Infographics (инфографики) produced by Russian public institution

ВЦИОМ (Russia’s Public Opinion Centre)

Informative visual displays on all sorts of topics, including public opinion on the 1917 Revolution; single national textbook; war on terror; the dacha; Chernobyl nowadays; and Russians’ priorities. Useful for numbers practice as full of statistics and dates. Many themes are tracked annually.

GCSE to A Level/Pre-U

http://infographics.wciom.ru/

Russian grammar through art

Gallerix
sovposters.ru

Many Russian works of art have perfect titles for recognising case endings, the prepositional –y ending, participles and verbs of motion. Soviet posters are perfect for recognising forms of the imperative and discussing aspect choice.

GCSE to A Level/Pre-U

1). https://gallerix.ru/album/200-Russian

2). http://www.sovposters.ru



1917 Revolution in social media format

Yandex

Day-by-day account of the 1917 Russian Revolution in Facebook-style (in Russian or English)

GCSE to A Level/Pre-U

https://project1917.ru

Children of War

Argumenty i Fakty newspaper

Children of War Diaries 1941-45 (in Russian with audio and translated into English)

GCSE to A Level/Pre-U

www.aif.ru/static/1965080

Alternative news about Russia

Russia Beyond the Headlines

Attractively presented website covering current affairs, history, the arts and lifestyle, often presenting the quirkier and light-hearted side of Russia (in various languages except Russian but students could have a go at reading Bulgarian)

Beginner to A Level/Pre-U

https://www.rbth.com

Russian documentaries with English subtitles

Russia Today

Large collection of documentaries with English subtitles (sometimes dubbed) about contemporary Russia, art, history and travel. Some fascinating series e.g. Meeting with Nature; Ballet a la Russe; Discovering Russia; Vets and Pets.

Beginner to A Level/Pre-U

https://rtd.rt.com/tags/english-subtitles/

Russian TV stations

MoskvaTV

Links to Russian TV stations

A Level/Pre-U

http://www.moskvatv.club/#!/

Russian radio stations

radio-locator.com

Links to 20 Russian radio stations e.g. Russian children’s radio station (http://www.deti.fm/schedule) and Ekho Moskvy (https://echo.msk.ru). Will be difficult to follow but good for hearing pronunciation and catching occasional phrases.

A Level/Pre-U

https://radio-locator.com/cgi-bin/nation?ccode=ru

Russian newspapers

onlinenewspapers.com

Links to numerous Russian newspapers, including regional publications and newspapers in English.

A Level/Pre-U

http://www.onlinenewspapers.com/russia.htm


Notes

1). All links correct as of October 2017 but may be subject to weblink changes or become defunct. All links are external and ISMLA is not responsible for the suitability of content or linguistic accuracy. Thorough checking should be carried out before deploying in the classroom.



2). The main content of all the above websites, podcasts and YouTube channels is free of charge. Occasionally, however, there may be additional material (textbooks or lessons) that incur a fee and be aware that most of the resources contain advertisements for the providers to cover costs.

3). The speed of YouTube videos and podcasts can be reduced by going to settings (0.75 of normal speed may help learners better understand recordings of native speakers).

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