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Welcome to the Self-Study Russian Online Supplementary Guide!

In addition to your time spent in class or working on homework, you are encouraged to use this guide to supplement your studies of the Russian language. The more you practice, the better you will learn the language and gain confidence in using it. Russian is a language strongly tied to its culture. By using this website, you will not only learn the language, but you can also familiarize yourself with customs and traditions, music, movies, body language, slang and other aspects of Russian culture.

The self-study Russian online guide is based on the textbook Golosa: A Basic Course in Russian, and is for the first and second years of study. The online guide consists of additional study materials for the 10 chapters of both the first- and second-year textbooks. Each chapter includes a set of interactive grammar and lexical exercises and interactive vocabulary flashcards on a given topic/theme (e.g., countries, languages, family, shopping, seasons, health, etc.). Each theme is expanded upon with a number of examples from songs, features films, cartoons, and other audio-visual materials. Each chapter ends with a bibliography of additional grammar exercises and further readings about grammar rules, culture, and history.

The online guide is intended not only to provide supplementary materials to the textbooks but also to help you to develop communication skills on various topics by introducing you to 100 useful phrases and expressions and by directing you to recommended dictionaries and phrasebooks. In addition, the online guide offers a “phrase bank” which provides you with recommendations on how to write a paragraph or a short composition quickly and effectively.

Good luck on your journey to study Russian and discover its many treasures!