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Russian Resources

LangCorrect
Price: Free
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LangCorrect is a free community-driven writing site where users can both contribute to editing others’ work and receive feedback on their own writing.

After writing your piece, you may submit it to receive feedback from other site users. In order to ensure accurate feedback, multiple users can cross-check the corrections that were made and add comments.

Volunteers and Patrons have access to writing in up to 10 languages, but typical users can write in a maximum of two languages at a time. Everyone is encouraged to both write and correct others’ work on the site.

If you are looking to improve your writing skills in one of the over 100 languages available, trying out this resource is a must! However, if you’re studying a less common language and not finding many users to give you corrections, consider trying the exercise section in italki’s community features.

The rating is our best guess, but we haven’t yet had the opportunity to fully test and review this resource.

Forvo
4.8 
Price: Free
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Forvo’s mission is to improve spoken communication across cultures. Anyone can explore pronunciations of millions of words in over 390 languages with maps displaying where each speaker is from. The site also organizes popular categories and essential phrases for when you don’t have a specific word in mind.

As a registered user, you can contribute to the site by pronouncing words or phrases in your native language or by requesting pronunciations in a specific language. You are also encouraged to vote on audio files in your native language to help others identify the best pronunciation. For those of you who enjoy using Anki, Forvo allows you to download mp3 files to use in your learning endeavours.

Forvo also has an e-learning course for French, Spanish, and English; you will find three levels and a group of topics with sets of the most common words in your target language. Using an SRS flashcard system, you will be able to learn the pronunciation of these words and view an example of how to use them in a sentence.

If you are looking for a pronunciation reference guide, look no further than Forvo’s extensive database!

Red Kalinka
4.7 
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The ‘Largest Russian School in the World’, Red Kalinka has lots of different products that will get you learning Russian. Its main course – Sistema Kalinka – is very well thought out and will certainly improve the reading, writing and comprehension skills of beginners and intermediate learners. While it may not be the most entertaining thing in the world, the videos and exercises are exceptionally thorough. Your Russian will almost undoubtedly improve if you stick to this course.

Tandem
4.7 
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Tandem is a popular language exchange app with over one million active users. It’s available for iOS and Android and aims to bring language learners from all over the world together. It’s largely centered around its chat capabilities and language tools that facilitate communication, but there is also a tutoring service offered in the app.

Verbling
4.6 
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Verbling is an online language-class marketplace where you can take lessons with teachers of your choice. It has some student-friendly extra features, including a built-in online classroom, flashcards, homework calendar, and a filing system for lesson materials. There are also useful but disorganized forums where you can discuss languages, share writing for critique, and do free language drills and exercises.

The lessons are generally high quality and well structured, plus the filters make it easy to find teachers who specialize in everything from accent reduction to interview preparation. 

However, it can be slightly pricier than alternatives, so if you’re on a tight budget, you may want to look elsewhere. It also has fewer languages than some of the bigger competitors, so it might not be a good choice if you want to study Azerbaijani, Khmer, or Yoruba.

italki
4.5 
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italki is the most flexible and affordable place to find a tutor for the language you’re learning. They have a huge number of teachers offering classes to students of over 100 different languages. As a learner, you’ll be able to find a tutor that best fits your learning style, schedule, and personality. Teachers are able to set their own prices and make their own schedule.

HelloTalk
4.5 
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HelloTalk is a mobile app for language learners interested in language exchange. It facilitates communication between native speakers and those learning their language with the use of built-in language tools. It also offers audio lessons in 10 languages as part of a separate subscription.

Readlang
4.5 
Price: Freemium, Premium subscriptions start at $5/mo
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With Readlang as your Google Chrome Extension, you can have instant translations for words or sentences in over 45 languages at the tip of your mouse cursor (or fingertip)! Browse the internet and effortlessly click on unknown words to get a translation that stays on your screen until it is no longer needed.

If you can’t find anything to read on the internet, you can access a bank of public texts organized by word count and difficulty, browse the most popular websites for Readlang users, or upload your own text to study. If you read on the Readlang website, you can see words that you have previously translated highlighted across every text.

Readlang collects SRS flashcards for you from words that you have translated. It will only record the most useful words for you to practice based on word frequency lists, which could be either a pro or a con depending on your study goals. Each flashcard also includes audio pronunciation and the sentence from which the word was taken. You can choose to reveal the flashcard to check your comprehension, or type in your response for more effective recall.

The free version provides enough for the casual user, but upgrading to an affordable premium membership allows unlimited phrase translations and unknown word highlighting across texts. Although there may be some problems with translations in beta languages, and sometimes it fails to recognize text, overall Readlang is an excellent resource for language lovers.

Russian with max
4.5 
Price: Freemium, Courses cost $59
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Russian with Max supports intermediate and advanced learners from several angles. He has a podcast, Youtube Channel, and purchasable courses, all of which provide content that introduces Russian culture, history, and everyday life in an interesting and understandable way.

If you would like to access transcripts for both his Youtube channel and podcasts, you can sign up for the membership program; you will receive additional audio lessons that focus on new vocabulary, listening, speaking, and pronunciation.

Max articulates clearly and speaks at a relatively natural pace. His personality is engaging and he provides lots of examples for how to use new words and grammar structures. If you watch his Youtube videos, you can choose to watch with subtitles. However, Max has also identified challenging words in each video, and will provide translations only when necessary in order to maximize your Russian Immersion.

His courses on learning Russian through stories and conversations provide six months of independent study, with audio and PDF files to support your learning.

3ears
4.5 
Price: Free
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3Ears is a (mostly) free platform that helps you learn Russian through videos and interactive transcripts. It is similar to Yabla, FluentU, and Caption Pop, but dedicated solely to learning Russian. Although you can choose an interface language, the translations seem to only be available in English.

Each video contains a script in Russian that follows along with the audio. There is also an English translation that appears at the top of the screen which seems to have been written and edited by the site’s users.

If you click on the words in the Russian transcript, you can receive a translation, multiple audio samples from various pronunciation websites, classification for the word, various forms of the word, and sample sentences that link to an audio example from other media. You can also mark words in the transcript as ‘known’, and those words will then appear in green in future videos. This way, you can assess how familiar you are with the vocabulary in various videos just by looking at the colour of the transcript.

On the home page you can filter content by various themes, such as films (entire films are available on the site), cartoons, news, songs, humour, reading, and poetry. Videos that you enjoy or would like to watch in the future can be sorted into personalized folders.