Beginner Russian (Level A1)

Anna Large

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In this Russian language course you are going to learn to read Russian in the first lesson and then be able to converse in some basic situations. The beginner course (A1) consists of twenty 2 hour lessons and will take you to the next level up: A2. After the initial (free) interview, you will have a choice of studying one-to-one or in small groups of four or five people. You will be able to watch the videos teaching you all the content of each session to facilitate your learning. You will also be able to talk to your teacher on Whatsapp when you are stuck with the content, i.e. unclear about something, while learning/revising at home.

Book your initial consultation by texting us on Whatsapp: +44(0)7841526588.

What will you learn?

Lesson 1

Reading and basic greetings in Russian

Learning to read easily recognisable international words in Russian (Part 1). Afterwards, you will learn how to greet other students on your course and introduce yourselves. This will include learning the following pronouns: Меня, тебя, её, его, нас, вас, их in the replies to What’s your/his/her/their name(s)? My/our/his/her/your name is… You will learn your first question words: How? Как? and Where from? Откуда? You will also learn names of countries and how to say where you are from.

Lesson 2

Basic questions and responses

In this lesson you will Recap on the Russian letters and read some more international words (Part 2). You will also learn to say the following structure: What’s this? Что это? Who’s this? Кто это? You will be able to answer what some objects are. The teacher will provide you with the most useful selection of words based on an initial interview with you before the start of the course. You will then do a quiz to check how much you have learnt.

Lesson 3

Locating objects

Your teacher will start with revising the greetings and the grammatical construction learnt in the previous lesson. You will then learn how to say your second question Where? Где?, learn the four forms of ‘my/your/his/her’ in the Nominative case (мой, моя, моё, мои/твой, твоя, твоё, твои/его/его) and using the objects learnt in Lesson 2, you will practise saying Here it is/Here they are/Over here/Over there/Вот он/она/оно/они/Вон тут/Вон там. You will also learn ‘Mum, Dad, brother, sister, grandma, grandpa, uncle, auntie, husband, wife, daughter and son’ in the construction:

-Это мой папа, а это моя мама.

-А кто это? Это твоя сестра? Нет, это моя тётя.

You will learn how to use the intonation in questions.

Lesson 4

Asking about what you (don’t) have

By this lesson, you will have already learnt 4 question words: What? Who? How? Where? Where from? In this class you will learn a new construction:

Do you have? Yes, I do./No, I don’t. У тебя/Вас есть…? Да, есть? Нет, нету.

You will also learn the singular and plural nouns related to food and be able to practise asking these in pairs. After class you will have an opportunity to do a quiz and will be provided with some homework.

Lesson 5

Talking about the past

In this lesson you will learn how to speak about some actions in the past. We have intentionally chosen to teach you the Past tense first because it is easier to form and remember. You will later learn to talk about the things you do in the present. You will also learn to ask and answer questions about the past. For example: What did you do yesterday? I went out/went to the cinema/didn’t do much/ worked/ slept/listened to music, etc. Don’t worry! You will be provided with plenty of opportunities to practise the new vocabulary and structures in class.

Lesson 6

Food and numbers

You will learn numbers up to 10 and how to say How much? How many? Сколько? You will learn the names of vegetables in this lesson and will convert them into the Genitive case in both singular and plural. This case is the most popular case in Russian and will be very useful in many other situations. For example, when you say you don’t have something, you will use the Genitive case. You will learn numbers from 10-100.


As part of checking the progress you are making, you will be given an online test in a form of a quiz and listening to do to see how much you have learnt.

Lesson 7

Talking about the present

You will learn how to talk about some basic actions in the present tense using Type 1 and Type 2 verbs. You will be introduced to the Accusative case which is used after these verbs. Our advice is to spend at least 30 minutes a day revising the vocabulary learnt in class as it will help you to memorise the words in context better and feel confident as a speaker.

Lesson 8

Ordering food

In this class you will learn how to use the preposition with/с when talking about Russian pies with different fillings, e.g.

Пирожок с капустой, с картошкой; блины с икрой пицца с грибами; час с мёдом и сахаром.

You will also be given an opportunity to revise the previously learnt vocabulary related to food and be able to talk about some dishes and their ingredients.

One of the most difficult concepts at this level is why one would say ‘To me likes’ instead of ‘I like’ in Russian. And that’s what you will learn in this class: the pronouns used when offering or asking for something: мне, тебе, ему, ей, нам, вам, им (Dative case).

As it’s important to revise the content learnt previously, we will build on what we already know when counting to 100 and learn how to count from 100 to 1000 in the context of asking the price of something.

Lesson 9

Your likes and dislikes

In your previous class you have learnt personal pronouns that are used in their Dative form. Hence, you will need to practise them in a slightly different context this time, i.e. talking about yourself and your family. You will learn the words related to family members and talk about age and their likes and dislikes:

Мне/тебе/ему/ей/нам/вам/им нравится/не нравится + noun/infinitive.

You will also be able to ask what the other person likes or dislikes.

Lesson 10

Locating objects (Part 2)

You will learn how to say where things are with the help of the prepositional case and the prepositions in/on (в/на). You will also learn to say various constructions:

Где…? Я не знаю, где … Where is…? I don’t know where …

Я знаю её. Её зовут Аня. I know her. Her name is … (Here you will practise the personal pronouns in the Accusative case.)

You will have plenty of practice both in class and outside it.

Lesson 11

Expressing feelings and days of the week

In this class, you will first revise the prepositional case. Then you will learn to say where things are. We will then move on to some adverbs describing feelings: прекрасно, ужасно, хорошо, плохо, неплохо, отлично. You will learn how to say the days of the weeks. You will say which days of the week you do different things on. For example:

-Когда ты идёшь в кино?

-В понедельник.

Lesson 12

Expressing opinions

In this class we will talk about expressing your opinion using the following constructions:

What do you think? I think so, too. I don’t think so.

Then you will be able to expand these by reacting to the question using the following construction:

How much is this ticket? Сколько стоит этот билет?

It’s 100 pounds. Сто фунтов.

I think it’s expensive. Я думаю, что это дорого.

I think so, too. Я тоже так думаю.

You will learn how to say ‘интересно/трудно/легко/дорого/недорого/дёшево/смешно/логично’.

Lesson 13

More verbs

You will learn new verbs and be able to say where an object is/was standing, handing, lying down, where you had dinner etc with the focus on new verbs and the practice of the prepositional case.

Lesson 14

Giving instructions and directions

You will learn how to give instructions in useful situations at home and with directions. You will be shown the accusative form of nouns that are used with the instructions with some verbs that you have learnt in Lesson 13.

Lesson 15

What/Who did you talk about?

You will revise the Instrumental case and use how to use the preposition about (‘О ком? О чём?’) in the context of what you want to talk about or talked about. You will then go over some Russian composers and writers and practice saying what book or composition you talked about.

Lesson 16

Adjectives used with food

This is where you will finally learn the four Nominative forms of the adjectives which include colours (red/white wine, black/red caviar, hot tea/coffee, mineral/still water, etc.). You will be shown how to change the form of the adjectives when asking for something from the menu. For instance:

Мне белого вина/сладкого чёрного чая/красной икры.

Lesson 17

Expressing cause and effect

You will be learning some complex sentences with ‘Почему? Потому что… Поэтому… The focus is on providing reasons for doing something or explaining causality. Then you will learn the Nominative form of some exceptions in the plural nouns while revising the grammatical structure:

У тебя есть + Noun (pl.)?

You will also learn how to talk about skills you have using the verb: уметь.

Lesson 18

Clarifying information: more adjectives

You will learn the differences between: какой, какая, какое и какие (all 4 forms of ’which‘) and learn more adjectives that will help you clarify things. For example:

-Какой он человек?

-Добрый/весёлый/подвижный/скучный и т.д.

In addition, you will practise transforming country names into adjectives and will be able to distinguish between английский and по-английски.

Lesson 19

Making comparisons: comparative degree

To build on the adjectives you have already learnt, you will learn how to make a comparative form of adjectives using the words:

more/less + adjective than … (более/менее…, чем…).

You will also be given the situations to practise the words: хуже (worse), лучше (better), дороже (more expensive), чем (than)… and some others.

Lesson 20

Making comparisons: superlative degree

This is our final lesson for this level. You will learn how to say something is the best or worst, using the superlative degree of adjectives. You will be given plenty opportunities and other vocabulary to practise the new vocabulary.

Price list

Group session price per one lesson (2 hours) is £20 per person.

Private one-to-one online classes per lesson (2 hours) is £40. If you, however, choose to have only a 1 hour class, it will be £27. Due to the course’s popularity, there is limited availability so contact us as soon as possible on +44(0)7841526588 (Whatsapp) or email: [email protected]