Russian Literature Online
A Glossed Russian Reader (Middlebury College)
“Do you want to understand Russian media, Jokes, songs, TV shows and facebook comments? Do you want to speak the ‘same language’ Russian natives speak? If so, you have to read what they read.”
From Ends to the Beginning
A Bilingual Anthology of Russian Verse; many poems feature quality recordings, frequently by the poets themselves.
Contemporary Russian Life and Politics
Луч Света/ A Ray of Light
Learn authentic Russian and get a glimpse into contemporary Russian life with compelling news-related video clips.
Library of Authentic Russian Materials
Media categorized by grammatical or lexical function, level, skill, text type, as well as tagged with key words.
Language Learning Resources
Russian Alphabet and writing in cursive
Click each letter to listen. Click “Play” to watch how to handwrite letters and words.
Offers a variety of learning games and materials for free and without registration. Students in RU126 found the section on “Russian Language Test” particularly helpful for independent case endings review.
A variety of resources for practicing listening in Russian.
High quality resources for learning and practicing Russian.
A free flash-card program
An Interactive Online Grammar Reference
An illustrated dictionary of Russian idioms with English translations
News of the Week – Simplified Russian News
Listen to a weekly compilation of Russian news.
Enter any site address and choose the language (e.g., Russian to English); click on words on that site to see their translations. The site also allows you to built vocabulary lists and quiz yourself on new words.
Beginning Russian Through Film
Uses short excerpts from popular Russian films (including the children’s comedy TV show Eralash) for mini-lessons.
Short Election Videos
Twenty years of Russian politics through election ads.
ACTR Russian Learning Modules
Want to hone your Russian over the summer? Sign up (free of charge) to access these interactive online Russian lessons developed by the American Councils of Teachers of Russian.
Один день из моей жизни
A LiveJournal page where ordinary Russians post illustrated stories of one day in their everyday lives.
Russian Cinema and Culture
Online journal containing news, reviews and articles about current state of Russian Cinema.
Russia’s largest and oldest film studio made some of its classic Soviet-era films available online with English subtitles.
A new project from SRAS that presents the languages and popular cultures of Eurasia.
For an expertly compiled extensive list of additional language resources for students of Russian see the special issue of the SRAS Newsletter.
Employment and Grant Opportunities in Russia
Fulbright-Teaching Program is the largest U.S. exchange program offering opportunities for students to undertake university teaching (in Russia), and primary and secondary school teaching worldwide. Colby students of Russian have been successful in securing this prestigious grant. We encourage our students to start reviewing the application process during their junior year and apply in the fall of their senior year.
Russian Flagship Programs provide undergraduate students an opportunity for intensive, professional language training and development, as well as direct enrollment at St. Petersburg State University. Colby students of Russian have been successful at securing the grant in the past; start early and ask us to put you in touch with the program’s alums.
Teach English in Russia through Language Link. We can connect you with Alums who pursued this opportunity!
For summer or year-round employment opportunities in Russia, check out this guide assembled by the SRAS.