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General Russian Course

Private and group lessons with professional native teachers

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Course introduction

This general Russian course is designed to provide the student with an opportunity to gain or enhance their general knowledge of the Russian language, practising all the basic skills simultaneously.

It naturally combines grammar, vocabulary, communication and cultural content.

Course details

A1 Level (100 hours)

1.1 Grammar content

Alphabet and writing. Gender and number of nouns and adjectives. Verb conjugations in the Present Tense. Some exceptions (жить, писать, смотреть, etc.). Personal and possessive pronouns in Nominative. Adjectives in Nominative. Inanimate nouns, adjectives and possessive pronouns in Accusative (singular and plural). The Prepositional case of nouns, adjectives, personal and possessive pronouns (singular). Conjugation of reflexive verbs. Numbers. Question formation. Past tense.

1.2 Vocabulary content

Family. Personal information (name, profession, workplace, nationality, language, hobby, address, phone number). Countries and nationalities. Seasons, months, days of the week. Weather. Professions.

1.3 Communication content

  • How can I provide personal information about me and other people;
  • How can I describe some events in the past;
  • How can I give and receive a phone number and an address;
  • How can I describe my family;
  • How can I describe the weather;
  • How can I talk about my hobbies.

1.4 Cultural content

  • Russian names, surnames and patronymics;
  • Russian addresses.

A2 Level (100 hours)

2.1 Grammar content

Accusative case of animate nouns, adjectives, personal and possessive pronouns (singular and plural). Genitive case of nouns, adjectives, personal and possessive pronouns (singular and plural). Dative case of nouns, adjectives, personal and possessive pronouns (singular and plural). Instrumental case of nouns, adjectives, personal and possessive pronouns (singular and plural). Prepositions with cases (с, без, за, перед, вокруг, у, к, около, etc.). Fundamentals of the Perfective and Imperfective verb forms. Future Tense. Verbs of position, prepositions and adverbs of position. Time and date. Grades of comparison of adjectives.

2.2 Vocabulary content

House (description, things at home, gadgets, position). Food (food names, restaurant, supermarket). Clothes (types of clothes, buying clothes, describing clothes). Regular actions. Time and date. Health and illness. Physical description. Character.

2.3 Communication content

  • How can I describe my flat;
  • How can I order food in a restaurant;
  • How can I buy food in a supermarket;
  • How can I describe my daily routine;
  • How can I buy food;
  • How can I speak about date and time;
  • How can I describe my health;
  • How can I describe a person.

2.4 Cultural content

  • Russian food, Russian traditional dishes;
  • Cafes and restaurants in Moscow;
  • Russian flats.

Levels A1 and A2. Class materials used:

  • Bitekhtina N., Grouchevskaia G.,Sheina I. A Living Russian Grammar. Beginner, Intermediate. CREF, 2007;
  • Штельтер О. В этой маленькой корзинке…Игры на уроках русского языка. Выпуск 1 и 2. – СПб.: Златоуст, 2004;
  • Караванова Н.Б. Говорите правильно! – М.: Русский язык. Курсы, 2004;
  • Разноцветные падежи: - М.: Русский язык. Курсы, 2007;
  • Шкатулка. Пособие по чтению для иностранцев, начинающих изучать русский язык.- М.: Русский язык: Курсы, 2005;
  • Пехливанова К.И. Грамматика русского языка в иллюстрациях. – М.: Рус. яз., 2005;
  • Films and cartoons («Ералаш», «Ну, погоди»);
  • Blog materials: www.learnrussianweb.com;
  • Other materials from the Internet.

B1 level (150 hours)

3.1 Grammar content

Russian case system with prepositions. Verbs of motion without prefix. Verbs of motion with prefix. Indefinite pronouns (-то, - нибудь, кое-). Demonstrative pronouns (этот, эта, это, эти, тот, та, то, те). Reflexive pronouns (свой, своя, свое, свои). Negative pronouns and negative phrases. Must and need. Perfective and Imperfective verb forms. Indirect question. Subjunctive mode. Imperative.

3.2 Vocabulary content

City (public transport, airport, city description, sites, city names, culture). Describing things (form, colour, material). Tourism and trips (countries and nationalities, trips, hotel). Health and doctors (illnesses, doctors, medicines). Shops and shopping (shops and trade centers, supermarkets, clothes, food, post). Office (things in the office, working in an office). Nature and geography (natural disasters, some geographical categories). Animals and insects.

3.3 Communication content

  • How can I ask the way;
  • How can I buy a metro ticket;
  • How can I buy a plane ticket;
  • How can I speak on the phone;
  • How can I book a room in a hotel;
  • How can I buy tickets to the theatre, cinema and circus;
  • How can I describe objects;
  • How can I describe a trip;
  • How can I speak with a doctor;
  • How can I buy medicines;
  • How can I send a letter or a parcel;
  • How can I write an email to a friend;
  • How can I describe natural phenomena.

3.4 Cultural content

  • Supermarkets, malls, shops and markets in Russia;
  • Public transport system;
  • Nature and animals in Russia.

B2 Level (150 hours)

4.1 Grammar content

Active and passive participles. Gerunds. Passive voice. Short adjectives. Number declination. Possessive adjectives, their types. Collective numbers. Оба and обе. Perfective and Imperfective verb forms: Past tense, infinitive, imperative. Time, intent, cause and consequence, condition, concession and comparison expressions. Много, многие, несколько, некоторые. Fundamentals of punctuation.

4.2 Vocabulary content

Russian education system (school and university, subjects, stationery). Working in Russia (professions, CV, work interview). Doing up a flat (house description, repairs, problems at home). Clothes and footwear (clothes, footwear and accessories). Food (recipes, cooking). Trips (tourist agency, routes, hotel). Person (character and physical description, emotions). Bank. Entertainment (theatre, music, cinema). Flowers and plants. Computers.

4.2 Communication content

  • How can I write a CV;
  • How can I handle a job interview;
  • How can I describe the school and university system in Russia and in my country;
  • How can I describe technical problems at home or in a hotel and ask for help;
  • How can I describe my favorite food and understand and write recipes;
  • How can I open an account;
  • How can I choose a tour in a tourist agency;
  • How can I give a detailed description of a person;
  • How can I describe computer problems and ask for help.

4.3 Cultural content

  • Working in Russia;
  • Education system;
  • Russian food and dishes;
  • Trips and routes in Russia.

Levels B1 and B2. Class materials used:

  • Грушевская, Л.Ю., Битехтина, Н.Б. Живая грамматика русского языка. Часть II. Средний этап. – М..: КРЕФ-Р, 2006;
  • Старовойтова, И.А. Русская лексика в заданиях и кроссвордах. В 6 вып. – СПб: Златоуст, 2007-2009;
  • Богомолов, А.Н., Петанова А.Ю. Приходите!..Приезжайте!..Прилетайте!.. – СПб: Златоуст, 2008;
  • Пехливанова, К.И. Грамматика русского языка в иллюстрациях. – М.: Рус. яз., 2005;
  • Курлова И.В. Приключения иностранцев в России. – М.: Русский язык. Курсы, 2007;
  • Films and cartoons («Ералаш», «Иван Васильевич меняет профессию», «Кавказская пленница», «Приключения капитана Врунгеля», «Остров сокровищ»);
  • Texts and images from the Internet;
  • Blog materials: www.learnrussianweb.com.

C1 Level (100 hours)

5.1 Grammar content

Time, condition, cause, concession expressions (detailed). Negative constructions (нечего, некуда…). Impersonal sentences. Infinitive constructions. Use of зато, а то, на. Use of либо, или...или, etc. Relative subordinates. Particles. Word order. Suffixation. Prefixation. Adjective formation. Verbs with prefixes and its use and how to use them”. Verbs with prepositions.

5.2 Vocabulary content

Broadening of general vocabulary. Phraseology. Slang. Everyday Russian. Russian literature and history elements. Business Russian foundations. Formal letters.

5.3 Communication content

  • How can I describe a person, an object or a situation using some slang words and expressions (everyday Russian words and expressions and phraseology);
  • How can I describe and analyse a specific historical or a literature phenomenon;
  • How can I speak on the phone (advanced level);
  • How can I describe a business situation;
  • How can I write a formal letter.

5.4 Cultural content

  • Russian culture elements;
  • Russian life and traditions.

C2 Level (100 hours)

6.1 Grammar content

Broadening of the general grammar contents. Russian punctuation.

6.2 Vocabulary content

Broadening of general vocabulary. Professional vocabulary (politics, economy, science). Translation elements.

6.3 Communication content

  • How can I describe and compare a political or an economic situation;
  • How can I give my opinion about different events and phenomena;
  • How can I organize a debate and participate in it.

6.4 Cultural content

  • Russian history, culture and literature elements;
  • Russian political and economic system;
  • Life in Russia.

Levels C1 and C2. Class materials used:

  • Грушевская, Л.Ю., Битехтина Н.Б. Живая грамматика русского языка. Часть III. Продвинутый этап. – М.: КРЕФ-Р, 2006;
  • Старовойтова, И.А. Русская лексика в заданиях и кроссвордах. В 6 вып. – СПб: Златоуст, 2007-2009;
  • Ласкарева, Е.Р. Чистая грамматика. – СПб.: Златоуст, 2006;
  • Жукова Н.Н. Десять рассказов. Книга для чтения. – М.: Русский язык: Курсы, 2006;
  • Ландсман, Н. Родимкина А. Россия в зеркале современной прозы. – СПб: Златоуст, 2001;
  • Films («Зеркало», «Звезда пленительного счастья», «Белое солнце пустыни, etc.);
  • Texts and images from the Internet;
  • Blog materials: www.learnrussianweb.com.

Teachers of the course "General Russian Course"

Our online Russian school Russificate is made up of a collective of highly experienced Russian teachers who believe in using cutting edge technology to facilitate language learning. Our teachers strive to provide high quality yet affordable Russian lessons.

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    Natalia
    Speaks: English, Spanish, Ukrainian
    Natalia is a qualified tutor of Russian as a second language. She has been teaching Russian for about 10 years read CV
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    Irina Z.
    Speaks: Italian
    Teaching experience, since 2003 (17 years) Tutoring experience, since 2003 (17 years) Teaching at a children’s arts school, taught choir, ensemble, and read CV
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    Tatiana K.
    Speaks: English
    2016 – 2018 – Teacher of Russian as a Foreign Language: Ufa, Bashkir State Medical University 2017, 2018 – Research Assistant read CV
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    Arthur
    Speaks: English, Portuguese, Spanish, Ukrainian
    Arthur is a qualified tutor of Russian as a foreign language with wide work experience. He began to teach Russian read CV
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    Svetlana
    Speaks: English, French, Spanish
    Svetlana is a professional Russian as a foreign language teacher with a great deal of experience and an educational background read CV
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    Mikhail
    Speaks: English, German
    Mikhail is a specialist with extensive experience in Russian language tutoring. He offers Russian individual and group lessons to a read CV

Testimonials of our students

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Alejandro,
Spain

When I came to Moscow I learned about the possibility of learning Russian via Skype with Russificate and decided against it. After learning five foreign languages, I felt sure that the best way to study a new language was to receive face to face private lessons.
I took Russian classes in person with a very good teacher for almost a year. However, due to the fact that I went back to Spain and it was difficult to find professional teachers in my town I decided to try Russian lessons via Skype.
Now I recommend them without hesitation and I think I will never again study Russian or any other language in the traditional way for a number of reasons:

  • Olga (my teacher), is an excellent teacher with an extended experience teaching foreign students. I know from my friends that Yulia is a great teacher too, although I didn't have the pleasure of taking classes with her.
  • I can take Russian lessons anywhere in the world. In fact I've taken classes from four different sites, saving time, money and not missing classes when traveling.
  • Russificate boasts great customer service. If I have any questions, whether by email, by phone (when I was in Russia), on Facebook or Skype, they answer really quickly.
  • The payments are secure. I just do a transfer to a Spanish bank account, so that when I'm in Spain I do not have to pay international transfers.
  • The Russian classes via Skype have the same parts as a face to face lesson, one can speak, write and exchange files. However, they are more modern because new technologies are used.
  • It is the future (becoming more and more present) not only of the language learning, but of work, communication, relationships, etc.

    Please, don't hesitate to try it, and if you are skeptical about it, like I was, then take the first free lesson, and you will see how convincing it is. RUSSIFICATE, CONGRATULATIONS!

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Sari,
Saudi Arabia

I have had the pleasure to be the student of Tatiana Martin for a year.

Though I have had russian lessons before, and I was hesitant to continue lessons over Skype. Nonetheless, I started learning Russian with Tatiana while still at a beginner level. Though Russian is a difficult language, after months of unbroken 2 lessons a week I started to be able to read short passages, which quickly improved to reading easy short stories. After about a year I was able to hold a very basic short conversation with good grammar and vocabulary, as well as understand some passages of Russian songs and understand russian news tweets.

Tatiana is a very patient teacher, she is organised, and takes the time to prepare lessons and follows up with homework. She is also very friendly and breaks the formality of the lessons to make them fun and enjoyable.

The Russificate school is very comfortable to deal with, and Yulia, its director, is very organised and punctual regarding replying to email enquiries and sorting out payments.

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Godefroy,
France

I find Evgenia’s lessons interesting. We approach grammar rules that are new to us in conjunction with new lexical topics and using different materials and angles each time. This way, the lessons stay original and do not become monotonous. The homework helps one to remember the rules and vocabulary seen in the previous lesson, while helping to embark on the next lesson’s topic.

Prices for the course "General Russian Course"

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