Russian is an East Slavic language, along with Ukrainian and Belarusian. Because it uses the Cyrillic script rather than the Latin alphabet, Russian can be a challenge for native English speakers to learn. Some letters look very similar to Latin letters, even though they are pronounced differently, and vice-versa.
One way to make the most of your Russian language lessons — and learn the alphabet, pronunciation, and grammar all in one place — is to watch language-learning videos on YouTube. These videos will walk you through all aspects of the language, from lessons with professional instructors to interviews with everyday Russian speakers.
You’ll pick up on regional dialects, colloquial expressions, and body language that you won’t get from podcasts and classroom lessons. Eventually, you can move on to videos by Russian YouTubers that are intended for native Russian speakers. We’ve come up with this list of the 19 best YouTube channels to get you started.
They’re loosely organized into three categories – those for beginner, intermediate, and advanced levels of Russian. However, some of these YouTube channels can have a bit of overlap into one or both of the other categories. Let’s get into it…