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Word Find Puzzle

April 8, 2010

This is a classical word find game, where a list of Russian words is hidden within the field of random letters. Russian words may be hidden either horizontally or vertically. You can find the list of words to find under the game field.

If you find a word, you need to click at one end of the hidden word and drag the mouse to the end of the word, or just click its initial and final letters (or vice versa). When a word is found, it is highlighted with red, and you can see a checkmark near this word (or its translation) in the “Words to find” list.

There are the following settings of the game:

Topic: you can choose one of the vocabulary topics available on our website
Words direction: you can choose the direction of the hidden words. (more…)

Russian texts for reading

March 31, 2010

We have added texts in Russian designed for those who would like to have more practice in reading. These texts are accompanied by audio, transcription, translation. There are  different settings options to highlight the most important points of pronunciation, such as stress, vowels reduction, softness and devocalization.

There are 5 texts for reading:

1. Introduction
2. Russia
3. Moscow
4. Saint Petersburg
5. Russian Food

The following picture demonstrates available settings:

Russian texts for reading

Available options allow to display or hide stress marks, transcription and translation and choose texts view mode you are comfortable with. Users can also tools for reading in Russian to highlight different groups of letters. Each text has comments on some difficult points of pronunciation.

The page on the  main website: Texts for reading practice

Tools for reading in Russian

March 3, 2010

Those who learn to read in Russian can use our tools for reading in the section “Reading in Russian”. These tools help to highlight letters which denote stressed vowels, soft consonants, devocalization of consonants and reduction of vowels. As you can see on the picture, these tools will highlight letters with different colors so that the learner can see where Russian reading rules will apply.

Now, you can find these tools in the lessons on reading in Russian – visit URL:

Online Russian Course for Beginners

February 17, 2010

We have released a new online course on our website. This free course is designed for those who wish to get basic language skills in Russian. Here you can learn Russian words and expressions used in greetings, farewells, requests, talking about yourself etc. The course consists of 5 lessons which include vocabulary lists, exercises and tests. A short description of each lesson:

Lesson 1. Greetings and Farewells
Here you can learn how to say hello and how to greet people in Russian, how to say goodbye in, to thank and apologize in Russian. There is also basic information about polite and familiar forms of address.

Lesson 2. Introducing yourself
Here you can learn how to to introduce yourself in Russian, as well as to ask and answer simple questions.

Lesson 3. Where are you from?
This lesson contains countries and nationalities names, basic information about Russian cases, and grammatical gender.

Lesson 4. Professions and Occupations
Here you find words denoting professions and occupations, information about Russian personal pronouns and plural forms of nouns.

Lesson 5. Languages skills
In this lesson, you can learn expressions used to tell about your knowledge of a language, conjugation patterns of Russian regular verbs and basic information about negation in Russian

The page on the SLO website:  Online course for Beginners

Subscription to the Everyday Russian Course

February 11, 2010

The free subscription period has expired, and now our users can prurchase six months subsciption for $19.99 USD. Payments are made through PayPal service. Users can purchase the subscription from their Profile, in the section “Subscriptions“:

After the payment procedure through Paypal users have access to the full version of 10 lessons Everyday Russian course.

IE6 support

December 17, 2009

Starting from January 2010 we are going to drop support for the browser IE6.  It does not mean that the website will not work under IE6, but some of the features or functions may be not available for IE6 users or work incorrectly.

Free one-year subscription to Course of Russian

December 8, 2009

Soon, the Course of Russian will be available only for subscribed users. Now, every registered user has a possibility to get a free one-year subscription to the course. If you would like to subscribe to this course, you need to sign in or sign up. In your profile, you will find the the area “Subscriptions”, and all you need is to click the button “subscribe now for free“. After that you will see the name of the subscription (one-year subscription to the course of Russian), its status (active) and the expiration date. Look at the picture below: