Russian courses

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We offer one-on-one online Russian classes with native speakers from Russia via Skype. We use a whole variety of innovative online materials to make the classes dynamic and memorable.

We use the communicative approach in our Russian lessons. The Communicative approach is an approach to language teaching that emphasizes interaction as both the means and the ultimate goal of study. Classroom activities include role-play, interviews, information gap exercises, games, language exchanges, surveys, and learning by teaching.

List of our courses

Here is the list of our Russian courses. Click on the title for details.

You can also offer any type of course or a combination of courses you wish.

  • Russian for Beginners

    Russian for beginners course is designed for students of zero level who want to learn the basics of the Russian language, learn to read and write, start speaking and composing short dialogs, master the basics of Russian grammar, the gender and number of nouns and the basics of the case and verb systems.

  • General Russian Course

    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.

  • Conversational Russian

    This Conversational Russian Course seeks to provide an intensive speaking immersion to students of all levels, starting from everyday situations and moving on to formal communication.

  • Russian for Tourists

    This Russian course is specially designed for students who would like to come to Russia as tourists and need to achieve basic communication skills in everyday situations: city orientation, at the hotel, buying souvenirs, personal information, etc.

  • Russian For the Tourism Industry

    This course of Russian language is specially designed for those who work in the travel and tourism sector, who have already achieved level A2 of general knowledge of the Russian language.

    They will be able to communicate with tourists in a wide range of situations, talk about the services offered by a hotel or a tourist agency, as well as describe different types of tours.

  • Business Russian

    Starting from the A2 level, this Russian language course aims to provide students with an advanced knowledge in Russian business communication.

    The grammar content is integrated into the business vocabulary and communication content.

    Some of the skills achieved are: describing a company, applying for a job, writing a CV, understanding and analysing advertisements, talking about products and prices, etc.

  • TORFL Exam Preparation

    The Test of Russian as a Foreign Language (TORFL) is a standardised test supervised by the Russian Ministry of Education and Science.

    The levels we offer are: Elementary, Basic, Intermediate, Advanced and Proficiency.

    In our school, you can not only take official Russian language exams online and receive an international certificate, but also prepare for the TORFL exams of all levels with professional teachers and certified TORFL testers.

    The lessons use materials developed by leading universities in Russia, designed to prepare for the TORFL exams, as well as a special learning platform, created by the publishing house "Zlatoust", the leading publishing house in the field of Russian as a foreign language. You can choose between intensive and long-term training depending on your needs.

  • Russian for Kids

    This course of Russian language is specially designed for Russian-speaking kids and teenagers who live abroad. Each learning program is individual and depends on the previous knowledge of the child and their age.

    Normally it starts with sounds and letters and ends up with grammar terms and small original texts.

    Writing is considered an important part of the course. The class materials are presented as a form of play.

  • Russian Literature

    This course is aimed at Russian language students at the B2-C1 level who are interested in Russian literature and the history of Russian literature of the 19th and 20th centuries, as well as in contemporary Russian literature. If adapted texts are used, however, then a teacher could work with a student at the B1 level as well.

    In the lessons students are introduced to the most significant works of Russian writers, both poetry and prose, in chronological order.

    The average course comprises 30 hours, however it may be extended according to a student’s wishes.

  • Russian Culture

    The online Russian language course includes information about Russian customs and traditions, geographical features of Russia, as well as materials exploring Russian national characteristics and the Russian mentality.

    Contemporary Russian society is featured in this course. The classes can cover all of the above mentioned topics, or focus on one or two concrete aspects of the course, according to the wishes of students.

    This course is intended for students from levels B2 - C1 and comprises 30 hours. The course may, however, be extended according to the wishes of students.

  • Russian in the Media

    The Russian language used in the media differs substantially from that used in conversation or in literary works.

    The aim of this course is to train students in the particularities of the language of the press, including television and radio broadcasting as well as periodicals, newspapers and magazines.

    This course is intended for students at levels B2-C1 and comprises 30 hours, however the course may be extended according to the wishes of students.

  • Russian History

    This course is intended for students from levels B2-C1. It is a short course in Russian history from ancient times to today, or might consist of certain periods of Russian history that especially interest the student.

    The course comprises 30 hours but can be extended according to the wishes of students.

  • Politics and Diplomacy

    This Russian language course is designed for the great number of students at levels B2-C1 who are interested in the specialized Russian language related to politics and diplomacy.

    This course can be used as a higher qualification for diplomats, translators, people who work at international conferences and employees of international organizations.

  • Conversation and Slang

    The current course is aimed at B2-C1 level students, wishing to study the everyday conversational and the slang of Russian in more depth, including ‘young’ slang.

    During the lessons not only are the student books used but also modern video and audio materials, clips from the modern literary works, dictionaries of the conversational sayings and slang and other study materials.

  • Corrective Russian Сourse

    This online Russian course is aimed at students who possess different levels of Russian (A2-C2), who, for any reason, are in need of practicing certain skills- reading, speaking, listening and writing, but also to repeat and to go over certain grammar and vocabulary of Russian, which were not grasped before or which presented difficulties.

    It is especially needed for students whose knowledge or skills in different areas of the Russian language differ in their level and whose aim is to pull up their knowledge. During the lessons different student books and study materials are used depending on the levels, aims and the need of each individual student.

  • Individual Consultations

    Individual consultations are aimed at students who have certain questions about the Russian grammar, vocabulary, syntax, morphology and also about Russian history, literature and other topics. These questions could pop up due to the writing of essays, dissertations or other works connected to diplomas and degrees- topics which in one way or another are connected to the Russian language or Russian literature, but also due to homework, preparation for the exams, tests and conferences. Our tutors will be happy to answer any questions that you may have.

  • Russian Language and Literature According to the Russian School Program

    This course is aimed at Russian-speaking children and adolescents living outside Russia who would like to study Russian language and literature according to the Russian school curriculum, using Russian school textbooks.

    Данный курс создан специально для русскоязычных детей и подростков, живущих за пределами РФ, которые хотели бы пройти обучение русскому языку и литературе по российской школьной программе с использованием учебных пособий российской общеобразовательной школы.

  • Russian Conversation Practice

    Russian conversation practice is a course of mini-lessons of spoken Russian. Each lesson lasts 20 minutes.

    You can communicate with the teacher via WhatsApp, Facebook messenger, Skype or any other program at a time which is convenient for you and the teacher. You can do it on the street, in transport and in the car.

    The course is intended for students of different levels of the Russian language who want to practice everyday speech, revise vocabulary and grammar, maintain the language level. The lessons are conducted by professional teachers of Russian as a foreign language.

  • Creative writing

    This course is designed to inspire students to write compositions in Russian. You will learn how to write in various genres, to create dialogue and monologues, and to employ different types of speech (narrative, description, critique). Developing writing skills has a proven positive impact on oral speech by honing your ability to structure statements logically, therefore making your spoken language richer and more imaginative.

  • Reading newspapers and magazines

    Reading courses are often limited to literary texts. In our day-to-day lives, however, we often read texts from different genres, such as the news, science and topical articles, or reports on different topics. As part of this course, students will read and analyze texts from a diversity of Russian newspapers and magazines. Your teacher has assembled a selection of texts with different genres and subjects, such as social affairs, economics, science, and politics. The principle goal of this course is for bilingual students to enrich their vocabulary, develop professional competencies by working with non-literary texts, and strengthen their ability to articulate opinions about texts.

  • Russian language level testing

    Through this program, students can have their Russian language level assessed in one 60- or 90-minute session.

    Your teacher will test you on all aspects of language activity - reading, speaking, listening, and writing. You will be provided with written exercises to be completed at home. Your teacher will then correct and return the work to you by email.

Our teachers

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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    Anna M.
    Speaks: English, French, German
    - Since 2011 Anna has been working as tour guide in Saint-Petersburg delivering tours in English, French and Russian 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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    Natalia T.
    Speaks:
    Artist and ceramicist. Teacher of clay modelling since 2000 at children’s art studios “Harmonia” and “Sunny” (Yalta) and at the read CV
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    Tatiana L.
    Speaks: English, French, Italian, Portuguese, Spanish, Turkish
    Tatiana is a qualified teacher of Russian as a foreign language with a wide work experience in the field. She read CV
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    Tatiana Mar.
    Speaks: English, Finnish
    Tatiana is a certified Russian language teacher with a strong professional background. She has worked at the Saint Petersburg State read CV
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    Yulia
    Speaks: English, French, German, Italian, Spanish
    Yulia has been offering Russian classes via Skype since 2005. In 2005-2013 she worked in the Spanish Embassy in Moscow, giving read CV

Testimonials of our students

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

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Yuki,
Japan

I've been taking online lessons from Alexandra for about four years on and off. I am interested in Russian literature and thus have watched video lectures on literature, written summaries of them, and read various literary texts with her. Alexandra is an excellent teacher and a truly intellectual person. She always clarifies my questions, explains to me the differences between similar expressions, and shares with me her accurate and logical interpretations of the videos/texts. This process greatly helps me gain new perspectives on the videos/texts and understand the world of Russian literature more deeply. I would also like to express my gratitude for Yulia, the director of the school, who is prompt, understands my needs very well, and introduced me to the wonderful teacher Alexandra.

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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.

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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!