Advice for people learning Russian

Who are you?
A beginner. Without a teacher
A beginner. With a teacher
Not a beginner. Without a teacher
Not a beginner. With a teacher
Find a teacher or a class
Learn via Skype

Most beginners working without a teacher use the Ruslan 1 Course Book, audio CD and Workbook. This has worked well for many beginner learners. Many of the exercises in the book and workbook are now also available as free online audio drills .

The Rolls Royce option is the Ruslan 1 eBook. Here you have all the course dialogues, video cartoons, vocabularies, sound, explanations and hundreds of interactive exercises available on all popular Internet platforms. You can try the Alphabet Introduction and Lesson 1 on a free link from .

In case you have an older 32 bit version of Windows, for example Windows XP you can use the older DTI prizewinning Ruslan 1 CDRom, which is also a complete version of the Ruslan 1 course but only for older Windows PCs. You can click on everything to hear it, and right click for a translation or an explanation. There are nearly 300 interactive exercises which allow you to do on your own many of the things that you would normally expect to do with a teacher in the classroom. If in doubt about your Windows version, try the free Lesson 1 demo from .

People opting for the eBook or CDRom will probably also want a copy of the Ruslan 1 book, to read in the bus or the garden or to take to Russia with you, etc.

To listen to the course dialogues away from your PC you will need the Ruslan 1 audio CD. This is sold in a pack with the book, or separately in a card wallet, or there are mp3 files to download .

The video cartoons of the dialogues, reading passages, songs and poems in Ruslan 1 are available on DVD, "Better than the Simpsons". See .

For a fast start with the Russian Alphabet try the "Russian Alphabet Starter". Great value! See the webshop and use the presentation at .

Some people like to have a set of Russian vocabulary "Linguistickers" to put around the house and turn their home into a living dictionary. Very useful if you have Russian visitors and want to speak Russian with them! And good reinforcement of the Russian alphabet.

If you want to study grammar in greater depth, check out the Ruslan Russian Grammar at .

If you are a beginner and you are going to be working with a teacher take advice from your teacher about what you will need for the classroom. Then look at the section above and look through the materials on the Webshop page to see if there is any additional material that will suit your ways of learning.

If you already know some Russian and you will be working on your own without a teacher, then first check your level. You can do this with the first lessons of all three Ruslan levels which are free as pdf files at . If you are lucky enough to still have an old version of Windows such as XP, then try the demos of the Ruslan CDRoms from the same page.

If you will be working with books and CDs then you can find these on the Ruslan webshop page .

If you already know some Russian and you will be working with a teacher, then take advice from your teacher about the books you need and check out anything else from the Ruslan webshop that you think will be useful.

Advanced CDRoms for 32 bit Windows:
There is a series of Ruslan Advanced CDRoms, suitable for AS and A2 level and above. These use the same template as other Ruslan CDRoms, with full interactivity. See the webshop.

Additional materials:
The "Ruslan Russian Grammar" with CD will give you very thorough grammatical support for all three levels of the Ruslan course and beyond.
The "Ruslan Russian Songbook with CD" contains 24 popular and folk songs for learners with texts, vocabularies, translations, and excellent recordings.

The Ruslan beginner / intermediate DVD "Moscow for You!" - 47 minutes of survival situations shot in Moscow in 1997 - will give you a lot of extra listening practice. Please use the Ruslan webshop for your order.

To find a class
Most adult Russian classes start in September or early October. Telephone your local College or Adult Education Service or look for information in your local Library. Click here for a list of centres who are or have recently been using the Ruslan Russian course in their classes.

To find a teacher
To find a teacher in the UK or Ireland, please send an email to We keep a list of nearly 300 teachers using the Ruslan course who give both group and individual tuition.

Learn Russian via Skype
Click here for a list of teachers using the Ruslan Russian course to teach via Skype. Ideal if you have difficulty getting to classes, or if you cannot find a teacher locally.

John Langran
October 2016