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Do you struggle with understanding spoken Russian?

Say you've been learning Russian for a while. You spent endless hours with the textbooks and listening dialogues, and felt good about your learning. 

You've got your Level 2 (maybe even 2+ or 3!) in your Russian proficiency test, went out into the real world to a Russian-speaking country, and ran into a reality check: you quickly discovered that understanding people at the local market, the waiter at a restaurant, or your neighbors is quite a challenge!

  • "It's machine gun Russian!"
  • "I can't tell words apart in fast speech - they all appear jumbled together! I can only separate the words when I ask someone to​​​​ speak more slowly."
  • "I'm translating in my head what they said, and they are 5 sentences further"
  • " I can't even recognize the words I know when I hear them!"
  • "Why instead of just one word (i.e."сын" )I hear several with different suffixes (i.e."сынок", "сыночек", "сынуля", "сынище")? What is the difference between them?"

Does that sound familiar? I'm sure it does. 

When you don't understand what someone is saying to you, it means more than just "you can't really communicate".

You got frustrated listening to people speaking at fast speed and your confidence disappeared when you were trying to translate in your head whatever they said, and they are already 3-4 sentences ahead. 

You felt embarrassed at your inability to hold a casual conversation after all of your language training. 

When you missed a few words, you panicked and tried to get out of the conversation as quickly as possible. 

You feel so overwhelmed just thinking about people throwing bunch of unfamiliar words at you at 100 mph thus you even started to avoid conversations with real people. 

Sometimes you felt totally lost because Russians in real life (or in the movies) talk much differently than in the sanitized dialogues in your Russian textbook.  

      Is there something wrong with you, or with your learning?         

 Why is understanding spoken Russian so challenging?

Nothing is wrong with you. Your problem is real. And it is very common. 

Understanding spoken speech is one of the biggest challenges in learning many languages, and Russian is not an exception.

It's not uncommon for you to do tons of study, even live in a country and have general exposure to the language but your listening skills develop so slowly and you really struggle with your listening.

        Why is listening such a big challenge after months of hard study?   

Many factors go into your ability to understand Russian easily. 


The language you've been exposed to in your textbook and your class is nothing like the language that lives out there in the real world.

Once you are in the natural language environment, what is in front of you is a real language that does not have much in common with what you've been learning so far.

You've been learning what is called “textbook Russian" –  fake simplified classroom Russian that is used to teach beginners and low Intermediate level learners. 

It protected you from all kinds of things that make it difficult to learn but helped you to start communicating in the language right away.

    But "textbook Russian" is not authentic. People don't really talk this way. There is a significant gap between "textbook" Russian and real Russian.

You won't hear the clinically sterile Russian of your textbook from people who've been speaking this language all their lives.  

When you're out there, you aren't shielded anymore from difficult language, slang or accents. You hear phrases and difficult grammar that appear naturally. You hear how native speakers interrupt you, how they correct themselves, how they mumble thoughts when they don't speak clearly and coherently.

The "whole" language. 


And here's another thing. Once you're out to the open "ocean" of real Russian speech, it would be helpful for you to know what "whole" Russian consists of, what variants of Russian speech you may hear so you could navigate through it more easily.  

Your textbook most likely didn't explain to you that educated Russians talk completely differently in formal and informal situations.

This difference goes much deeper than a just choice between ТЫ and ВЫ forms. This choice determines everything in communication - with a spectrum of styles, from very friendly informal and semi-formal to very distanced, cold or even rude.

In formal situations (i.e. talking to officials, in staff meetings) educated Russians use standard Russian, or literary Russian (кодифицированный русский литературный язык). 

In informal situations (i.e. chatting with friends or family members, commenting in social media), they use colloquial Russian speech (русская разговорная речь). 

Standard Russian and colloquial Russian speech are two completely different animals (with differences in phonetics, grammar, and vocabulary). Educated Russians easily switch between them in different situations. 

Knowing what colloquial Russian speech is can help you a lot with understanding spoken Russian.


Because spoken Russian that people use with you most likely is semi-formal in style with some elements of colloquial Russian, so recognizing those elements would help you to enjoy your chats with Russians more.  

Also, there are not only educated Russians out there. There are low educated urban people (and type of speech they use called "vernacular"), and different social groups and their slang (criminal, professional, youth), and low educated rural people (and dialects they speak in). 

The ocean of spoken Russian is not boring at all, and some help with navigating through it can make your life much easier.  


There is also a thing called "fast connected speech".  

When people speak fast in any language (and native speakers often do that) words get closely connected and pronounced differently. Spoken Russian often sounds like fast connected speech. 

It's hard for you to understand fast connected speech makes because... 

-  Several words may appear as one, 

-  Small words may be hidden by the speed,

-  Some words deteriorate so much (shortened or pronounced in a messy manner with deleted, added or changed sounds) that you can't even recognize them.  Common examples are [щас] for сейчас, [чо] for что, [тыща] for тысяча, [пийсят] for пятьдесят, [здрасьте] for здравствуйте. 

Bridging the gap between

"textbook" Russian and authentic Russian

So, understanding Russian native speakers is not easy for you because you have this gap between the "textbook" Russian you learned in training and the language real people speak.  

The thing is - there is no magic wand for improving your listening. Listening is a skill, and like with any other skill, it takes time to develop it. Months or years - your choice. 

Next question is:  What can you do to understand Russian better?

The good thing is that: you always have choices how to approach your learning. This is how I see your options. 

Option #1. Do nothing. 

Option #2. Do it yourself.

There are a number of ways to work on your listening skills. Usually you'll get this advice: 

- Watch news, TV shows, movies, and Youtube videos

- Listen to the radio stations, podcasts, and songs. 

There are two problems with that option. 

First problem: if you're at Level 1+ or 2 it's very hard to find authentic Russian listening resources for your level. There are just not many out there. It's very important for your progress to work with materials that are just one step above your current level, so it's challenging but still manageable for you. 

If you'll still go with whatever is available regardless of the level, you'll see that listening is much too hard for you. There is just too much stuff out there that you can't understand yet. You won't learn a lot. You'll get frustrated and quit. 

If you still want to try this option, I'd tell you what to look for: audios and videos that come with word for word transcripts. 

Why with transcripts? If you read a transcript after listening and along with it, will help you to tell the words apart in connected speech and fill in the gaps in your understanding. You want to get to the point where you understand most of what's being said and get accustomed to how the words change in fast connected speech. 

And here you'll run into the second problem with this option: it's even more difficult to find authentic resources for your level with transcripts!

Option #3. Hire a professional.

Instead of playing a game of "trial and error," you'll get exactly what you need to bridge the gap between "textbook" Russian and real spoken Russian, between "way too simple" and "super hard" Russian.

  “Textbook Russian" 

Authentic Russian

Here's what you need to do to understand spoken Russian

Listen to the right materials, at the right level, and in the right amount, so your listening materials ....

  • have Interesting conversations about Russian life and traditions
    so you are motivated to listen and expand your understanding of the country and people
  • use real spoken language with colloquial expressions, slang and idioms
    so you can learn how people really talk
  • are at the right level ("your level + 1 step up")                                                                         so it's not too hard and you still can follow along with the gist even if there are some unfamiliar words
  • are just the right length (3-5 min.)
    so your ears have enough time to get used to the sounds without feeling overwhelmed,  
  • are in the right total amount of time on a regular basis (for 90 days, 3 times per week) 
    so you spend enough total time listening to give your listening skills time to transform.

PLUS  listening materials need to include learning tools to help you fill in the gaps in your understanding:

  • slow speed
    ​so you can give your ears a second chance to understand at more comfortable speech rate 
  • word-for-word transcripts  
    so you can match the spoken words to the written words, 
  • vocabulary breakdown, grammar and style comments 
    so you can understand all details without spending hours with a dictionary, 
  •  flashcards with spaced repetition and interactive games
    so you can have fun growing your vocabulary.  



your learning process and    transform your listening in 3 months instead of struggling for years


in conversations without     panicking or falling behind -however fast they speak.


instead of frustration by doing what works and avoiding common mistakes

Sounds right. But when? I don't have time!

You don’t have time. Your days are fully booked.  Really. 

I know that you are very busy: job or school (or both), family or friends, house chores, all that stuff. All day long. 

I understand that. 

But how about your mornings? 

Mornings, when your brain is still fresh…

Wait! You are not talking about me getting up even earlier, are you? No way! 

No, no.  I want you to be comfortable with your learning. No extra time. 

You’ll use time that you already have. 

And let your fresh morning brain to do the work. With my help.

I have a solution to that

Do you have a smartphone and a headset? 

Of course you do. 

Will you be willing to use them for 10 minutes during one of your morning activities?

while jogging

with your cup of coffee

on your way to work

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  • An exclusive three month self-study online Russian audio course 
  • that transforms your ability to understand spoken Russian and boosts your listening comprehension skills from Level 1+/2 (High Intermediate/ Advanced) to Level 2+ (Advanced High),  
  • through listening to 10-15 minute audio lessons 3 times per week 
  • in fast spoken Russian on common topics about Russian life and culture
  • with built-in listening comprehension tools (slow speed, transcripts, vocabulary/ grammar comments, and flashcards)  
  • so you can enjoy stress-free conversations because you understand what people are saying      


Are a Level 1+ /2 (High Intermediate/ Advanced) learner of Russian

Have hard time understanding native speakers talking about their everyday life in detail

Want to boost your listening comprehension skills to the next level 

Have 10-15 minutes 3 times per week to listen to the podcasts (add 20 minutes to review script & vocabulary if needed)


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A 3-month self-study podcast online course

12 topics. New topic each week. New subtopic in each lesson    

36 Lessons. New lesson each Monday – Wednesday – Friday

Authentic Level 2+ audios stuffed with relevant vocabulary/ grammar, idioms, and colloquial expressions  

Our 9-Step System of listening skills development

 Built-in listening comprehension tools: slow speed, script, vocabulary/ grammar breakdown, and flashcards


10-15 min. podcast episode

3-5 minute audio passage at a normal speed + at a slow speed + vocabulary/ grammar breakdown


Script for audio + vocabulary/ grammar breakdown (embedded PDF)

link to a Quizlet list

vocabulary/ grammar breakdown in spaced repetition flashcards and games

What is Quizlet? 

It's one of the best free apps for learning vocabulary through spaced repetition, flashcards and games. Super easy and fun learning! 


Week 1

M: Childhood:  stages, skills, development

W: Adulthood (college, marriage, career) 

F: Old age and death

Week 2

M: Family types/ members/relations

W: Raising kids and pets

F: Family issues/ divorce 

Week 3

M: Day care 

W: School 

F: College

Week 4

M: Getting a job/ types of employment

W: Work day routine/ duties  

F: Benefits/ retirement

Week 5
Daily routine

M: Morning/ evening routine, household chores

W: Getting dressed for the season/ weather, clothes 

F: Commute to work/ transport

Week 6

M: Types of housing. Utilities  

W: Obtaining housing: receiving, buying, renting

F: Relocation: renovation, moving and settling into a new house. 

Week 7
Leisure time

M: Leisure time and hobbies 

W: Going out: movies, theaters, museums 

F: Sport

Week 8
Vacation. travel

M: Vacation activities

W: Planes, trains, and automobiles

F: Hotels: booking/ checking in/ checking out, issues

Week 9

M: Grocery shopping: types of food and packaging

W: Cooking / kitchen appliances

F: Restaurants: types, menu/orders, silverware

Week 10

M: Russian Holidays - 1

W: Russian Holidays - 2

F: Guests: attending a dinner party

Week 11

M: Symptoms and diseases 

W: Doctor’s and dentist visit

F: Treatment. Hospital Stay

Week 12

M: Computers and email

W: Cell phones and video calls

F: Social networks and messengers


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Listen to the lessons in the mornings and learn

Use our 9-step system for each lesson

1. Listen to a passage  at normal speeD

2. Listen to a passage at slow speed

3. Listen to  a vocabulary/grammar breakdown

4. Re-listen to a passage  at normal speeD

5. Read the transcript

6. Read a vocabulary/ grammar breakdown

7. Interpret the transcript

8. Learn vocabulary/ grammar in flashcards

9. Re-listen to a passage  at  normal speeD

ResultS: you understand Russians when they talk about common topics at normal speed + you enjoy stress-free conversations because you understand what people are saying!


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A Russian language expert with 30+ years of experience in helping adult learners to meet their study goals in learning Russian language on different levels.


  • Ph.D. in Russian language. Vinogradov Russian Language Institute/Russian Academy of Science.  
  • B.A./ M.A. in Russian language and literature. Lomonosov Moscow State University.  
  • OPI Tester Certification training. Post-Basic Instructor Certification training. Defense Language Institute. 


  • Taught a wide range of Russian language and rhetoric courses to the U.S. professionals and college students in the U.S., in Russia, and in Latvia.
  • Methods: communicative, task-based instruction, immersion, round tables, debates, flipped classroom, online and blended teaching  
  • Modes/Settings: formal classroom, distance, blended, web-based; large/small groups, one-on-one; universities, government, private  

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  • The author of two college textbooks: 1) Russian Punctuation, 2) My Language Is My Friend, or How to Navigate through the Ocean of Modern Russian Speech.
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  • Created “Pro et Contra” debates  format 

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