Russian for Beginners

Basic ‘survival’ Russian - 1 on 1 Live Trainer - 30 hours

The course is delivered by a qualified Russian teacher in modular format, consisting of 30 x 1 hour units.


Russian is spoken by over 150 million people as their first language and by over 120 million people as their second language.

It is widely used and understood in such countries as; Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Estonia, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Latvia, Lithuania, Moldova, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Ukraine, Uzbekistan.

Russian uses a Cyrillic script developed from the 9th century and some words are the same as in the Roman script. Russian belongs to the East Slavic group of Slavonic languages. Its close relatives include Belarussian and Ukrainian.

The alphabet consists of 31 letters (10 vowels and 22 consonants) and two signs – hard (ъ) and (ь) soft.

Objectives / Learner outcomes

By the end of the course, learners will have completed conversations and language study in the following core areas:

  • Survival Russian words – 100 most used
  • Being understood
  • Numbers and amounts
  • Time and dates
  • Transport
  • Directions
  • Accommodation
  • Shopping
  • Communications
  • Money & Banking
  • Business
  • Weather
  • Medical terms (doctor, sickness etc.)


The focus of the course is basic ‘survival’ Russian. Learners will explore the Russian alphabet and become acquainted with common phrases used in everyday working life.

Who should attend

The course is aimed at workers and tourists who intend to spend time in Russian-speaking regions including:

  • Expatriate workers in the oil, gas, mining an engineering sectors
  • Nannies, governesses, au pairs and child-care workers
  • Tourists wishing to explore Russian cities and landmarks
  • English and foreign language trainers working in Russian-speaking countries

Your Instructor

Екатерина Макарова
Екатерина Макарова

Привет! Меня зовут Екатерина, и я живу и работаю в Екатеринбурге. Я преподаю английский с 2006 года. Я люблю слушать музыку и путешествовать. В свободное время я навещаю близких и встречаюсь с друзьями.

Hi! I'm Ekaterina and I live and work in Ekaterinburg. I've been an English teacher since 2006. I like music and travelling. In my free time I visit my family and meet with friends.

Frequently Asked Questions

When does the course start and finish?
The course starts now and never ends! It is a completely self-paced online course - you decide when you start and when you finish.
How long do I have access to the course?
How does lifetime access sound? After enrolling, you have unlimited access to this course for as long as you like - across any and all devices you own.
What if I am unhappy with the course?
We would never want you to be unhappy! If you are unsatisfied with your purchase, contact us in the first 30 days and we will give you a full refund.

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