How to Learn Beginning Russian on Your Own in less than a week


Russian teacher Katya Paukova teaches an 8 hour class in beginning Russian with accompanying handouts.  A video camera was in the back of the room and you can have a bird’s eye view and follow along. 




We are temporarily reducing the price of the class to $30.07, as we anticipate moving it from our site at the end of 2017. 

If you want to fluency in Russian, or any language, here is what matters:  first, you must get Comprehensible Input in the target language.  This means you must hear the language and read the language and understand it as you are hearing it or reading it. 


There are TPRS Books in Russian – very few.  But even before you read your first novel, you can start by learning words, listening to Russian and putting together the building blocks that will allow you to read the short stories in our handouts.   (https://fluencyfast.com/resources/language-resources/russian-resources)


Does Fluency in Russian matter more than learning the grammar of the language?  Absolutely!  Fluency in a language does not require painful study and memorization.  Laugh along with the teacher and the class and it won’t even matter that it’s in another language – it will feel that easy to understand.


Watch the video more than once, review the handouts, read and re-read the stories.  After a week, if you feel like you’re ready for TPRS Books in Russian (with glossaries!) you’ll be on your way!  If not, watch the videos and read the handouts again and watch your passive language skills grow and grow. 


Ноги, руки, голова          Nogi, ruki, golova         Legs, arms, head

Ноги, руки, голова;           Nogi, ruki, gаlаva            Legs, arms, head.

Ноги, руки, голова.           Nogi, ruki, gаlаva            Legs, arms, head.

Ротинос, и уши,                 Rot y nos, y ushi,            Mouth and nose, and ears,

              и глаза.                             y glaza.                                     and eyes.

Ноги, руки, голова.            Nogi, ruki, gаlаva            Legs, arms, head.



Я не знаю…                      Ya ne znayu                    I donknow

Я не знаю (2)                     Ya ne znayu (2)                I don’t know

Ничего (2)                          Nichevo (2)                     Nothing (=anything)

Ничего не знаю (2)             Nichevoneznayu (2)         NothingI (don’t) know

Молодец! (2)                      Maladets! (2)                   Good job!



Очи чёрные                Ochi chornie                  Black eyes

Очи чёрные,                 Ochichornye                   Black eyes,

Очистрастные,              Ochi strasnye                 Passionate eyes,

Очижгучие                    Ochi zhguchye               Eyes burning

И прекрасные.              Y prekrasnye                 And beautiful.


Каклюблюявас!             Kak lyublyu ya vas         How I love you!

Какбоюсьявас               Kak bayus ya vas           How I fear you!

Знатьувиделвас             Znat uvidel vas              I guess I saw you

Я не в добрый час.        Ya ne v dobry chas         Not at a good time.



Подмосковные вечера       Padmaskovnye vechera       Moscow nights

Неслышнывсаду                    Ne slishni v sadu                    You can’t hear in the garden

Дажешорохи.                        Dazhe shorahi                        Even sounds.

Всёздесьзамерлодоура.         Vsyo zdes zamerla da utra.     Everything froze till morning

Еслибзналивы,                      Yesli b znali vi,                       If you (only) knew,

Какмнедороги                       Kak mne doragy                     How dear to me

Подмосковные вечера!          Padmaskovnye vechera.          Are Moscow nights!


Речкадвижется                      Rechka dvyzhetsa                  The river is moving

Инедвижется,                        Y ne dvyzhetsa,                     And not moving,

Вся из лунного серебра.        Vsya yz lunnava serebra.        All made of moon silver

Песняслышится,                    Pesnya slishitsya,                  The song is heard,

Инеслышится                         Y ne slishitsya                      And (then) not heard

В эти тихие вечера.               V eti tyhie vechera.               On these quiet nights.