Russian language learners, rejoice — there are scores of great learning resources available to you. In fact, you’re more likely to be paralyzed by the number of good options out there than to struggle to find something that suits your needs.
It’s important to remember in your search that the most popular language resources aren’t always the best; a superb marketing strategy doesn’t necessarily equal outstanding quality.
In this post, we’ll focus on apps that aim to help learners with Russian. We’ve tried a ton of them, and have sorted them by category based on what they do best, but it’s by no means an exhaustive list. It should, however, narrow the field enough to help you find some great tools.
Best Lesson Structure: Babbel
Best for Practicing Oral Communication: Pimsleur
Best Interactive Course: Lingodeer
Best for Fun, Engaging Practice: Memrise
Best for Customizable Practice: Anki
Best for Learning Words in Context: Lingvist
Best Free Way to Learn Words in Context: Clozemaster
Best Lessons in the Style of a Podcast: RussianPod101
Best for Side-by-Side Reading Practice: Beelinguapp
Best for Feedback on Pronunciation: Speechling
Best for Feedback on Writing: italki
Best Q&A App: HiNative
Best for Learning Russian Cyrillic: Cyrillic (Russian Language)
Best for Finding a Tutor: italki