Online Russian Course for Beginners

Posted February 17, 2010 by almaclar
Categories: Announcements on SlO

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

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Subscription to the Everyday Russian Course

Posted February 11, 2010 by almaclar
Categories: Announcements on SlO

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

Posted December 17, 2009 by almaclar
Categories: Announcements on SlO

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

Posted December 8, 2009 by almaclar
Categories: Announcements on SlO

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:

User’s account

Posted November 26, 2009 by almaclar
Categories: General, Projects on SLO

Now our users can create their accounts on our site where they can save and review the results of the exercises and tests.

User’s account consists of 3 tabs:

Profile: here the user can find the information about his or her account. Now we display here the user’s email address and the date when the account was created.

Results: results of tests and exercises that the user has done on the site. The results are saved in the account only if the user is logged in. The results of exercises and tests are shown in percents (%), i.e. they demonstrate the relationship between correct answers and total number of answers. For example, if you have answered correctly to 4 from 5 questions, the result of the exercise is 80%.

Settings: here the user can change account’s information, such as the email address or password. It is also possible to delete the results of tests and exercises or delete the account.

In future, we are going to add different features for the users of our site, so this is not the final version of the user’s account.

Demonstrative Pronouns in Russian

Posted November 3, 2009 by almaclar
Categories: Articles published on SLO

Overview of the article published on the SLO website:

Russian demonstrative pronouns have two distinct forms: “этот”, used to point out a person or an object that is nearer to the speaker, andтот” which refers to a person or an object more distant from the speaker.

The behavior of demonstrative pronouns is similar to the behavior of adjectives; they also decline and agree in gender, number and case of nouns.

The original article on SLO: Russian Demonstrative Pronouns

Russian nouns gender

Posted October 28, 2009 by almaclar
Categories: Articles published on SLO

Overview of the article published on the SLO website:

Russian nouns have three genders: masculine, feminine and neuter. The gender of nouns is important because it determine the forms of its modifiers in the phrase, i.e. related adjectives, pronouns, some forms of numeral etc.

The division of nouns into masculine, feminine and neuter have no well-grounded explanation. Neuter nouns usually have inanimate referents. Masculine and feminine nouns may denote both animate and inanimate referents.

It is possible to find out the gender of most Russian nouns by the last letter of their dictionary form. In the vast majority of instances, masculine nouns end in a consonant, feminine nouns end in –а/-я, neuter nouns end in –о/-е/-ё. However, there are also a lot of deviations from these rules.

In some groups of nouns, the grammatical gender is not determined by the last letter of the dictionary form. These groups are:

  1. indeclinable nouns;
  2. nouns of common gender;
  3. nouns ending in -ь;
  4. some masculine nouns ending in а/я;
  5. some neuter nouns ending in -мя;
  6. nouns denoting professions and occupation that are masculine, but sometimes may behave as feminine.

    The original article on SLO: Gender of Russian nouns