University of Oregon

Unit 3 “На каких языкaх вы говорите?”


Play this presentation about countries and nationalities and learn how the names of the countries, nationalities and corresponding languages are pronounced in Russian. Try to repeat all the names after the speaker.

Review the vocabulary for languages, nationalities, and countries.

Do these exercises to practice nationality forms: Exercise 1 , Exercise 2 

Review the language vocabulary with this task from “Beginner’s Russian.”

Use these interactive flashcards to learn and practice the Unit Vocabulary. Use all the different modes (Flashcards, Match, Gravity, Text, etc.) both to memorize the words and to test yourself.


  Prepositional Case

To say that something is located somewhere, Russians use prepositional case. Follow the link and you will learn how the nouns are declined in the Prepositional case in Russian.

Here is the video to practice using the prepositional case for stating locations.

Practice with these Prepositional case interactive activities: Exercise 1 , Exercise 2 and Exercise 3 from Auburn University, and Exercise 4 and Exercise 5 from “Beginner’s Russian.”

  Verb Conjugation in the Present Tense

This clip shows how to conjugate the verb ПИСАТЬ.

Review the verb conjugation in the Present tense.

Complete these exercises to practice prepositional case and verb conjugations: Exercise 1 and Exercise 2 from Auburn University.

Plenty of activities will give you additional verb conjugation practice: try Exercise 1Exercise 2 Exercise 3 , Exercise 4 and Exercise 5 from “Beginner’s Russian”, Exercise 6, Exercise 7 and Exercise 8 from Auburn University. Don’t forget that all activities are interactive, and you can check your answers and redo the exercises until your score is perfect.

  Past Tense Conjugation

Now practice forming the past tense of the verbs with these exercises: Exercise 1 and Exercise 2 from “Beginner’s Russian.”


Review the differences between the conjunctions И, НО, and А.

Here is the matching exercise to practice using conjunctions И and А.

  Language forms

Practice using the correct language forms with these tasks: Exercise 1, Exercise 2.


Complete this reading comprehension task with present tense conjugation forms.


Listen to the Russian National Anthem.

Read more about the Russian anthem here.

Watch this video to learn what languages regular Russian people know.


Listen to these songs featuring the grammar and vocabulary material of this unit:

Гости из будущего – «Люби меня по-французски» 

Свинцовый туман – «Я знаю»

Секрет – «Она не понимает»

Земфира – «Искала» 

Виктор Цой – Видели ночь»

Library Resources (on reserve for 1st and 2nd year Russian)

Present tense verbs: Essentials pages 146-147; Russian in Exercises pages 14-18 (rules and exercises with answers).

Past tense verbs: Essentials pages 154; Russian in Exercises pages 28-31 (rules and exercises with answers); Grammar in Illustrations pages 212-214.

Prepositional case: Russian in Exercises pages 57-64, 66-70 (rules and exercises with answers); Grammar in Illustrations pages 40-42, page 307.

Conjunctions: Essentials pages 295 and 297; Grammar in Illustrations page 341.