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Russian traditional culture and folklore

Private and group lessons with professional native teachers

Your first lesson is free!

Course introduction

Level: B1+

Cultural components play an extremely important role in the study of the Russian language. But why is it so important to learn about authentic Russian traditional culture and how is this connected to our modern day experience? What are traditional Russian songs all about and what do they sound like? If you’d like to know the answers to these questions, you are invited to sign up for our “Russian traditional culture and folklore” course.

Course chapters

Intangible culture

  • Areas of folklore: prose, songs and lyrics, ritual games and theatre.
  • Russian traditional tales, fables, memorates and legends.
  • Folkloric lyrics: songs and ditties. Traditional Russian songs. Song classification: ritual, household, and lyrical. Ditties as a particular folkloric genre.
  • Traditional theatre: puppet and rayok theatres of Rus’.
  • Small folkloric genres: sayings and proverbs, riddles and tongue-twisters.
  • Children’s folklore. Mothering folklore: lullabies, pestushka, poteshka, and pribautka.
  • The folklore of children: taunting verse (draznilka), закличка, and others.
  • Russian traditional games. Counting-out games.
  • Russian traditional dance.

Material culture

  • Characteristics of traditional Russian clothing. Adults’ and children’s dress.
  • Types of traditional Russian needlework.
  • Traditional Russian painting as a type of folk handicraft.
  • Traditional toys.

Teachers of the course "Russian traditional culture and folklore"

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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    Tatiana K.
    Speaks: English
    2016 – 2018 – Teacher of Russian as a Foreign Language: Ufa, Bashkir State Medical University 2017, 2018 – Research Assistant read CV

Testimonials of our students

Not convinced yet? Please have a look at the testimonials recorded by our students:

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Adriana Romano,
Brazil

Yulia is a diligent, interested and accomplished teacher. Working as a translator and teacher myself, it´s easy to see just how prepared, bighearted, and engaged she is. She very intently contributes to her students´ growth. There is a great assortment of interesting resources she kindly makes available on Russificate, as well as constant posts on language and culture and new exercises. By the replies on her page, I know I´m not the only student advancing. She is, indeed, very considerate and devoted to this project. Having family roots in Russia, I´m very glad Yulia is helping me better understand part of my cultural heritage. She´s been teaching me for about six months, and I think of her as a friend already. I find her truly inspiring.

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Christophe,
Switzerland

I was struggling to learn Russian on my own when I discovered Yulia's Russian lessons on Skype. As a Russian beginner I highly recommend her lessons. She keeps a good balance between theory and practice, she uses several different materials yet she keeps the teaching focused to your personal progress. She can adapt the lessons to your particular level and needs. She not only is a very qualified and experienced teacher, she has a talent for it!

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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.

Prices for the course "Russian traditional culture and folklore"

Private lessons

Lesson duration 1 lesson 10 lessons 20 lessons
30-minute lessons 10 € 95 €
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170 €
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45-minute lessons 14 € 135 €
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250 €
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60-minute lessons 18 € 175 €
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330 €
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90-minute lessons 25 € 245 €
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470 €
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Group lessons

Lesson duration 1 lesson 10 lessons
45-minute lessons 6 € 55 €
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60-minute lessons 7 € 65 €
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90-minute lessons 10 € 95 €
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Lessons start from 5.5 €!

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