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Russian Language and Literature

Russian Alphabet

To see the Russian alphabet and learn the sounds of the letters and how they are written, CLICK HERE.

Russian alphabet block letters          Russian alphabet script letters

To type in Russian, CLICK HERE for instructions on adding Russian to your keyboard.

Russian keyboard layout

Resources to Learn Russian


  • Duolingo - Free language-learning app with a full course in Russian.
  • Drops - Russian vocabulary app (free and paid options available). 
  • RussianPod101 - Series of Russian-lesson podcasts with supplementary course materials (free and paid options available).
  • FSI Basic Russian - 25 full courses in Russian from the Foreign Service Institute, with audio and workbooks.
  • Loecsen - Narrated slide shows, quizzes, and lessons.
  • Clozemaster - Vocabulary learning app where users fill the blanks in sentences by choosing one of four options. 
  • Russian for Everyone - Self-study course including lessons, quizzes, games, and more. 

Dictionaries/Pronunciation Guides

  • Forvo - Russian pronunciation dictionary that allows users to look up words and phrases to hear how they should be pronounced.
  • Collins Reverso - English-Russian and Russian-English dictionary of words and phrases, including idioms and common expressions. 
  • Word Reference - Offers English-Russian and Russian-English translations of words and phrases. 

Additional Resources

  • BBC Guide to Russian - Collection of words, phrases, facts, and tips.
  • TuneIn - Listen to Russian radio stations, talk and music. 
  • TED - Listen to TED Talks in Russian. 
  • Class Central - MOOCs offered in Russian on subjects from Physics to Fashion.