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Few languages are in as high of demand as Russian. As a leading world language, there are nearly 270 million Russian speakers around the world. As a key global player in business, economics, and world politics, speaking Russian is a strategic, rewarding move for any global citizen. Likewise, learning Russian introduces you to a fascinating, long-standing culture rich in influential literature, philosophy, and world history. As the largest country in the world in size, your new Russian know-how will take you far and wide across the globe.

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Building the basics.

Click a topic below to see the grammar goals and conversational goals for each chapter.

  • Greetings, Gratitude, and Goodbyes
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    Building the basics.

    Greetings, Gratitude, and Goodbyes

    • Express Gratitude
    • Say Goodbye
    • Use Common Formal Greetings
    • Use Common Informal Greetings
    • Use Formal and Familiar Forms of Address
    • Use the Pronouns ты and вы
    • Use the Question Word как
  • Do You Speak English?
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    Building the basics.

    Do You Speak English?

    • Answer Yes or No
    • Apologize for a Minor Transgression
    • Ask and Tell What Language Someone Speaks
    • Ask and Tell Where Someone is From
    • Get Someone's Attention to Ask for Information
    • Form Affirmative and Interrogative Sentences
    • Omit the Verb "To Be" in Present Tense
    • Use Negation in Verbs
    • Use Personal Pronouns я and мы
    • Use the Verbs говорить (Second Conjugation) and понимать (First Conjugation)
  • Names and Introductions
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    Building the basics.

    Names and Introductions

    • Ask Someone's Name
    • Become Familiar with Russian Names
    • Introduce Yourself and Others
    • Respond to Introductions
    • Say That You Are Not Someone or Something
    • Construct Preposition в + Accusative
    • Construct Preposition в + Prepositional
    • Use Ordinal Numerals первый, второй
    • Use the Possessive Pronouns мой , моя , наш , and наша
    • Use the Verb звать (First Conjugation)
  • Getting Around
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    Building the basics.

    Getting Around

    • Ask for Directions
    • Get Help Finding Places Using a Map
    • Identify Important Places and Facilities Around Town
    • Understand Directions as They Are Given to You
    • Form Adverbs Derived from Adjectives
    • Form the Imperative: Perfective and Imperfective
    • Understand and Use the Genitive for Possession and Relationship
  • Shopping and Payment
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    Building the basics.

    Shopping and Payment

    • Ask About the Availability of an Item
    • Ask for the Price of an Item
    • Count up to 10
    • Deal with Russian Currency
    • Negotiate Basic Transactions at Stores
    • Construct Compound Numerals
    • Form Cardinal Numerals 1-10, 50, 100, 200, 300
    • Use Second Declension Plural Nouns
    • Use the Demonstrative Pronouns это , этот , эта , and эти
    • Use the Verbs есть , стоить , and взять
  • Drinks and Dining
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    Building the basics.

    Drinks and Dining

    • Gain Insight into Russian Food Culture
    • Order Drinks and Meals
    • Understand Common Phrases Used at Restaurants
    • Construct Future Tense: быть + Imperfective Infinitive
    • Construct the Verb приносить + Accusative
    • Use Future Forms of the Verb быть
    • Use the Genitive (Relationship)
    • Use the Imperative
  • Numbers and Currency
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    Building the basics.

    Numbers and Currency

    • Ask and Tell What Payment Means Are Accepted
    • Deal with Large Numbers
    • Exchange Currency
    • Handle Russian Currency with Ease
    • Construct Verb принимать + Accusative
    • Construct Verb хотеть + Infinitive
    • Form Cardinal Numerals up to 1000
    • Use Какой as an Interrogative Pronoun
  • Getting Help
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    Building the basics.

    Getting Help

    • Accept and Decline Help
    • Ask for and Offer Help
    • Describe an Emergency Situation
    • Gain Knowledge of Emergency Services in Russia
    • Learn the Names of Body Parts
    • Construct the Verb вызвать + Accusative
    • Learn the Reflexive Pronoun себя and the Verb чувствовать себя
    • Use the Pronouns он , она , and они
    • Use the Verb болеть
    • Use Verbs потерять and потеряться
  • What Does That Mean?
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    Building the basics.

    What Does That Mean?

    • Ask and Answer What a Word or Phrase Means
    • Ask and Answer What a Written Word or Phrase Says
    • Communicate One's Ability to Understand Something
    • Express Gratitude for a Past Deed
    • Request to Repeat, Slow Down, or Speak Up
    • Continue Practicing the Imperative
    • Form the Past Tense
    • Learn the Second Conjugation Verb значить
    • Practice First Conjugation Verbs: писать , сказать , and знать
    • Practice Using Adjectives and Adverbs
  • Languages and Communication
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    Building the basics.

    Languages and Communication

    • Ask and Tell How One's Performance Is
    • Ask and Tell What Something Is
    • Give and Respond to a Compliment
    • Request and Agree to Speak in Russian
    • Tell Someone That You Are Learning Something
    • Continue Practicing the Past Tense
    • Continue Practicing using Adjectives and Adverbs
    • Learn the Two Meanings of the Verb учить

Expanding the essentials.

Click a topic below to see the grammar goals and conversational goals for each chapter.

  • People and Animals
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    Expanding the essentials.

    People and Animals

    • Address Family Members Using Kinship Words
    • Comment on Pets
    • Talk About Personality Types
    • Practice "Preposition c + Instrumental" Structure
    • Use Adjectives in the Feminine Form, Ending in -ая
    • Use the Possessive Pronouns мой , твой , его , and её
    • Use the Verb жить
  • At Home
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    Expanding the essentials.

    At Home

    • Describe the Color of Something
    • Refer to General Places
    • Refer to Rooms and Locations in a House
    • Use Location and Relational Words
    • Use Russian Etiquette to Greet Guests
    • Construct the Preposition на + the Prepositional Case
    • Construct the Preposition над or под + the Instrumental Case
    • Form Imperative Sentences
    • Understand the Use of the Accusative and Dative Cases
    • Use the Possesive Pronouns Ваш , Ваша , Ваше , and Ваши
  • Small Talk
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    Expanding the essentials.

    Small Talk

    • Accept and Politely Decline an Invitation
    • Share Needs, Likes, and Dislikes
    • Talk About Careers and Professions
    • Talk About Days of the Week
    • Talk About Hobbies
    • Practice Preposition в + Accusative
    • Practice мне нужно + Infinitive
    • Practice работать + Instrumental
    • Use Modal Verb "Can"
  • Dating
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    Expanding the essentials.

    Dating

    • Ask About Somebody’s Habits
    • Offer to Buy Someone a Drink
    • Say "I Love You"
    • Start a Conversation
    • Begin to Use Second-Conjugation Verbs in -ить
    • Form the Past Tense Structure видеть + Accusative
    • Understand Short Adjectives
    • Use Primary Spatial Adverbs здесь and сюда
  • Eating and Cooking
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    Expanding the essentials.

    Eating and Cooking

    • Ask About the Ingredients in a Dish
    • Express That You Do Not Like Something
    • Learn Common Local and Cultural Foods
    • Refer to Food Preparation Processes
    • Say You Like Certain Foods
    • Become Familiar with Perfect and Imperfect Aspect
    • Begin to Use First Conjugation Verbs in -уть and -ать
    • Form the Verb нравиться + Dative Structure
    • Use Units of Measurement + Genitive
  • Weather and Landscape
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    Expanding the essentials.

    Weather and Landscape

    • Describe the Land
    • Describe the Weather
    • Learn the Months of the Year
    • Talk About Temperature
    • Form Adverbs
    • Form the Nominative Plural of Feminine Nouns
    • Form the Nominative Plural of Masculine Nouns
    • Learn the Difference Between ходить and идти
    • Use the Irregular Verb хотеть
  • Shopping
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    Expanding the essentials.

    Shopping

    • Ask about Store Hours
    • Talk About Different Types of Stores
    • Talk About Grocery Items
    • Understand Sizing in Russian
    • Learn More Genitive Words
    • Learn to Conjugate Reflexive Verbs
    • Use Prepositions через , с and до in Relation to Time Expressions
    • Use the Verb купить + Accusative
  • Banking and Post Office
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    Expanding the essentials.

    Banking and Post Office

    • Invite Someone to Join You for an Activity
    • Use Basic Banking and Financial Terms
    • Use the Post Office
    • Form the Dative Singular of Masculine, Neuter, and Feminine Nouns
    • Practice Using the Perfective Future
    • Practice Using Verbs of Motion: ходить and идти versus ездить and ехать
  • Leisure Activities
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    Expanding the essentials.

    Leisure Activities

    • Make Plans for an Activity
    • Remind Someone to Bring Something
    • Suggest Going Somewhere
    • Learn the Dative Pronouns ему , ей , им , and нам
    • Practice More Future Forms of the Verb "To Be"
    • Practice More Masculine and Feminine Short Adjectives
    • Use Perfective Imperative and Negative Perfective Imperative
    • Use the Modal Verb "Could"
  • Sightseeing
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    Expanding the essentials.

    Sightseeing

    • Ask About and Discuss a Famous Person and Local History
    • Ask to See Less Common Places
    • Ask to See Well-Known Places
    • State an Idea
    • Construct the Preposition по + the Dative Case
    • Form the Nominative Plural of Neuter Nouns
    • Practice the Use of нет + the Genitive Case
    • Practice Using the Phrase хотел бы to Express Desire

Broadening boundaries.

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  • Culture, Literature, and Art
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    Broadening boundaries.

    Culture, Literature, and Art

    • Ask About Famous Local Artists
    • Say If You Are Familiar with Someone or Something
    • Talk About Famous Local Authors or Books
    • Talk About Local Music
    • Continue Practicing the Compound Future Tense
    • Learn About the Declension of First and Last Names
    • Learn the Instrumental Pronouns ним , ней , and ними
    • Practice Using the Preposition о + Prepositional Case
    • Use the Phrase знаком с + Instrumental
  • History
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    Broadening boundaries.

    History

    • Ask About Revolutions and Other Important Events
    • Describe Past Events
    • Talk About Local Historical People
    • Learn How to Conjugate Reflexive Verbs in the Past Tense
    • Learn the Difference Between Transitive and Intransitive Verbs
    • Practice the Declension of Adjectives in the Instrumental Case
    • Practice the Formation of Adjectives from Nouns: Suffix -ск-
  • At the Hospital
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    Broadening boundaries.

    At the Hospital

    • Describe Feelings of Pain or Illness
    • Name a Kind of Medicine
    • Respond to Medical Questions
    • Understand a Doctor's Orders
    • Practice Genitive Case in Numbers
    • Practice Transitive and Intransitive Verbs
    • Use More Reflexive Verbs in the Past Tense
  • Express Thoughts and Feelings
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    Broadening boundaries.

    Express Thoughts and Feelings

    • Describe or Explain Your Emotions
    • Express Feelings
    • Offer Sympathy
    • Learn More Russian Idioms
    • Practice Adverbs
    • Practice Short Adjectives
    • Use and Form More Reflexive Verbs
  • Higher Learning
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    Broadening boundaries.

    Higher Learning

    • Ask What School Somebody Attended
    • Inquire About Fields of Study
    • Talk About Careers and Employment
    • Become Familiar with the Declension of the Pronoun кто
    • Conjugate the Reflexive Verb учиться
    • Practice the Instrumental Case in New Words
  • Name Origins
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    Broadening boundaries.

    Name Origins

    • Ask About the Origin of a Name
    • Comment on Someone’s Name
    • Describe the Nature of a Guest’s Visit
    • Identify Your Relationship with Someone
    • Use Various Expressions to Introduce Someone
    • Learn More Words in the Instrumental Case
    • Learn to Use the Verbs of Motion: приходить versus приезжать
    • Practice Phrases with Prepositions по and на
    • Practice the Genitive and Accusative Cases
  • Dietary Restrictions
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    Broadening boundaries.

    Dietary Restrictions

    • Ask if Someone Wants to Taste a Food
    • Discuss the Ingredients in a Dish
    • Give Compliments on Food
    • Talk About Hunger and Food Cravings
    • Talk About One’s Dietary Habits
    • Learn the Imperative Form of Verbs
    • Learn the Impersonal Structure: Dative Pronoun + нельзя
    • Practice Conjugating Reflexive Verbs in the Past Tense
  • Physical Descriptions
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    Broadening boundaries.

    Physical Descriptions

    • Add Humor to a Situation
    • Describe Someone’s Appearance
    • Express Uncertainty
    • Learn the "Noun + как + Noun" Structure
    • Learn the Declension of Adjectives in the Prepositional Case
    • Use the Demonstrative Pronouns тот , та , то , and те
  • Getting Ready for the Party
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    Broadening boundaries.

    Getting Ready for the Party

    • Compliment Someone on Their Clothing or Appearance
    • Express That One Event is Dependent on Another
    • Say You Have to Verify Something
    • Talk About Personal Care and Grooming
    • Be Introduced to First Conjugation Verbs with a Mobile Vowel
    • Learn the Dative of the Demonstrative Pronouns этот , эта , это , and эти
    • Practice the Dative Case
  • Sports and Fitness
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    Broadening boundaries.

    Sports and Fitness

    • Comment on an Activity and Its Effects
    • Discuss Sports and Exercise Habits
    • Invite Someone to Join a Group
    • Practice More First Conjugation Verbs
    • Practice the Instrumental Case
    • Use Reflexive Verbs
    • Use Time Adverbials

Continuing with confidence.

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  • Going Through Customs
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    Continuing with confidence.

    Going Through Customs

    • Interact with Airport Employees
    • Present and Request Identification
    • Understand and Respond to Security Questions and Commands
    • Learn About the Present Active Participle
    • Learn the Declension of Adjectives in the Genitive Case
    • Practice More Second Conjugation Verbs in -еть and -ить
    • Practice the Dative Case of Nouns
  • At the Hotel
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    Continuing with confidence.

    At the Hotel

    • Check into and out of a Hotel
    • Discuss Hotel Features and Services
    • Express Future Desires
    • Offer Help
    • Say That Something Is Missing or Doesn't Work
    • Form the Indefinite Pronouns Ending in -то , -нибудь , and -либо
    • Form the Perfective Passive Participle
    • Learn About Collective Numerals
    • Practice More Reflexive Verbs
  • Renting a Home
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    Continuing with confidence.

    Renting a Home

    • Accentuate the Positive Aspects of a Living Space
    • Discuss Features of Homes or Apartments
    • Inquire About Possible Homes
    • Outline Steps to Take Before Moving In
    • Be Introduced to the Passive Voice Expressed by Reflexive Verbs
    • Become Familiar with the Real Condition
    • Become Familiar with the Relative Pronoun который
    • Practice Using the Instrumental Case
  • Utilities and Appliances
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    Continuing with confidence.

    Utilities and Appliances

    • Ask for a Technician or Repairman
    • Describe a Problem with a Utility or Appliance
    • Establish a Time Frame for Services
    • Give Contact and Billing Information
    • Learn Constructions with the Third Person Plural
    • Practice Using Cardinal Numbers
    • Practice Using the Perfective Future
    • Review the Use of the Accusative and Genitive Cases
    • Use Prepositions в течение and в промежутке in Relation to Time Expressions
  • Choosing a School
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    Continuing with confidence.

    Choosing a School

    • Discuss Schooling Options
    • Discuss the Consequences of a Decision
    • Mention Hearsay
    • Talk About Features of Schools
    • Get Introduced to Emphatic Pronoun сам
    • Get Introduced to Reflexive Possessive Pronoun свой
    • Practice Giving the Date Using Ordinal Numbers
    • Understand and Use Complex Sentences
  • Emergency Situations
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    Continuing with confidence.

    Emergency Situations

    • Describe an Emergency Situation
    • Express Fear and Urgency
    • Request and Offer Emergency Aid
    • Request and Provide an Address or Location
    • Learn How to Form Comparative Adjectives
    • Learn the Past Tense Formation of the Verb произойти
    • Review the Use of the Impersonal Construction with the Dative Case
  • Household Chores
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    Continuing with confidence.

    Household Chores

    • Apologize and Ask for Forgiveness
    • Ask Someone to Do a Chore
    • Describe Feelings of Anger
    • Express Annoyance
    • Give an Excuse
    • Form the Third-Person Imperative with the Particle пусть
    • Get Introduced to the Prefix до-
    • Learn About the Imperative Ending in
    • Learn More Ways to Form the Perfective Passive Participle
  • At the Beauty Salon
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    Continuing with confidence.

    At the Beauty Salon

    • Discuss Beauty Salon Services
    • Make and Ask About Appointments
    • Request and Discuss Hair Styles
    • Form Opposite Adjectives with the Prefix не-
    • Get Introduced to the Category of Uncertainty
    • Practice Forming Comparative Adjectives
    • Practice Using the Past Tense in Reference to the Future
  • Making Plans
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    Continuing with confidence.

    Making Plans

    • Discuss Certain Obligations
    • Discuss When Events Occur
    • Remind Someone of an Event
    • Talk About a Person’s Availability
    • Get Introduced to the Adverb поэтому
    • Review the Use of Spatial and Temporal Prepositions
    • Use the Category of Uncertainty in the Third-Person Plural
  • At the Movies
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    Continuing with confidence.

    At the Movies

    • Describe Aspects of Movie Making
    • Discuss a Movie or Acting
    • Give a Contrary Opinion
    • Learn the Declension of the Demonstrative Pronoun этот
    • Practice Declension of First and Last Names
    • Practice Using the Instrumental Case