There are a number of ways you can learn more about Russian language and culture at UCLan. Watch a brief webcast with an interesting introduction to the fascinating world of Russian Language and People!
Apart from attending the Elective/Certificate classes for Beginners' and Intermediate Russian taught by our very popular Svetlana, there is a whole host of things you can do at this portal: play with the very informative tests on Russian language and culture, check out the latest news about Russia and about Russians at UCLan, watch a webcast or listen to one of the podcasts covering a variety of subjects and themes.
You may think that Russian is a difficult language to learn because of its different alphabet, but you may be surprised how quickly you can learn to recognise the letters.
Spoken by the tsars and by well-known people like Dostoevsky, Pushkin, Tolstoy, Pasternak, Chaykovskiy and Prokofiev, Russian is the native language of some 142 million citizens of the Russian Federation. Russian still remains an unofficial language of the former Soviet republics, an indispensable communication tool across the areas north of the Black Sea, all of the Caucasus and Central Asia.
The number of Russian speakers worldwide could be in the region of 220 million. It is one of the Slavonic languages, 10 per cent of the world's population communicate in Slavonic languages and of these 60 per cent speak Russian.
We thought long and hard about how we could present the Russian culture on these pages, realising that just like all other cultures it is too rich and diverse for our humble portal. Elsewhere we have put together a comprehensive list of sources of information on various aspects of Russian culture.
We then thought: why don't we start exploring the Russian culture with the traditions, everyday customs, social 'etiquette' and perhaps even superstitions here?
These 'traditions' are often taken for granted by the Russians themselves, as they have become their way of life, however for others who wish to know more about Russian people and culture it is extremely useful to be aware of these practical, interesting, sometimes mysterious and obscure 'ways Russians do things over there’.
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Russian Lancashire: A blog for the Russian speaking communities of North West England
General Russian Information (in Russian): Gives you information in Russian on films, music and more
Rambler (in Russian): Russian Search Engine
Yandex (in Russian): A Russian Search engine. Works best if search terms are entered in Russian.
The Society for Co-operation in Russian and Soviet Studies (SCRSS) : A unique educational centre, based in London, which aims to promote knowledge of the culture, language and history of Russia and the former Soviet Union. The Society caters for students, teachers, researchers, designers and all other individuals interested in Russia. It offers a reference and loan library, information service and unique photographic collection. It also organises lectures and film shows, and facilitates professional contacts between individuals and organisations in Russia and the United Kingdom.
Foreign Languages for Travellers : Russian Teaching web page.
USA Pittsburg University Online Resources : Find out about events, news and more from this website.
Online Translation : Translate text from Russian to English or English to Russian.
An Online Russian Reference Grammar : Useful information about word formations in Russian.
Aatseel: A website promoting the teaching of Eastern European Languages.
The Russian Program at Cornell University : Links to a range of online resources including 'Beginning Russian Through film' and internet radio stations in Russian.
Russian Grammar Exercises : University of Denver site.
Shared Talk : Find the perfect partner for your language exchange, practice your oral skills and get more fluent than ever.
Russian language learning on the web : Helps you learn Russian via the internet.
From Ends to the Beginning : A Bilingual Anthology of Russian Verse. A collection of 750 poems from 18th through the 20th Century. For some of the poetry, this site also provides audio recordings by the authors.
The National Library of Russia : Online exhibits, extensive catalogues, bibliographies, etc. All information is available in English and in Russian.