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Online Russian lessons anytime, anywhere

Bring learning Russian to life through live 1-to-1 classes with a personal Russian tutor. Our classes are effective, fun and guaranteed to get you talking. Start with a free trial lesson today.

Live conversation. Native speaking tutors

Our online Russian lessons emphasize conversational skills, enabling you to speak with confidence in real-world scenarios and develop your fluency in a supportive environment.

Tailor made classes matched to your study goals

Enjoy customized classes delivered by expert online Russian tutors. Whether you're a beginner or an advanced learner, our classes can cater to your unique learning style and individual goals.

Professional and passionate Russian tutors

Learning a language is not just about grammar and vocabulary. It's about culture, history, and context. Our team of Russian tutors bring a wealth of experience and enthusiasm to each class.

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Alexander Bychkov
Sessions: 3417
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Olga Bondareva
Sessions: 225
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Elena Korobova
Sessions: 1463
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Andrey Pavlov
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Nataliya Snow
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Get rapid tutor feedback on each core skill. Instant feedback from a native Russian speaking tutor helps you monitor your progress, focus on areas of difficulty and stay motivated as you learn.

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Listening - B2 - Intermediate
Reading - C1 - Advanced
Writing - B1 - Intermediate

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Booking lesson time is easy. Choose a Russian tutor by availability, price, profile, student reviews and much more. Start with a trial class to get an evaluation of your existing fluency level and ability.

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Why study Russian?

Learning to speak Russian online is an exciting and rewarding journey.

Learning Russian is an exciting and rewarding endeavor, offering a gateway to a rich cultural and historical heritage but the language is complex. Russian uses the Cyrillic alphabet, consisting of 33 letters, which is distinct from the Latin alphabet used in English. Russian grammar includes six cases (nominative, genitive, dative, accusative, instrumental, and prepositional), which affect the endings of nouns and adjectives. Verbs in Russian are marked for aspect, indicating whether an action is complete or ongoing. Additionally, Russian syntax is flexible, allowing for various word orders that can emphasize different parts of a sentence. This complexity makes Russian both challenging and rewarding to learn.

Our native Russian tutors provide learners with a personalized and immersive experience. All our tutors can help students navigate the complexities of Russian grammar, including its six cases and verb aspects, making sure you have a complete understanding of core rules. Proficiency in Russian opens up numerous opportunities in international relations, business, and science, given Russia's global influence. Additionally, being able to speak Russian can enhance travel experiences, allowing for meaningful interactions and cultural immersion in Russian and beyond. Verbalplanet's tutors ensure that learners achieve fluency and confidence quickly in speaking Russian.

How long does it take to become fluent in Russian?

According to the Foreign Service Institute (FSI), Russian is classified as a Category IV language, indicating it is among the more challenging languages for English speakers to learn. This difficulty is due to its complex grammar, which includes six cases, various verb aspects, and a different alphabet (Cyrillic). The European CEFR guidelines provide a structured pathway from A1 (beginner) to C2 (mastery), but progressing through these levels requires considerable dedication and practice. The inherent complexities of Russian make it difficult to master, particularly for those unfamiliar with Slavic languages.

We understand these challenges and connect learners with online Russian tutors to streamline the learning process. Learning with a private tutor offers invaluable benefits, including accurate pronunciation, understanding of cultural nuances, and personalized feedback. Engaging in online Russian classes with a native speaker helps learners tackle difficult grammar points, build vocabulary and gain confidence in their conversation skills. Our tutors tailor their lessons to individual needs, ensuring a more effective and enjoyable experience. This personalized approach is crucial for overcoming the hurdles of achieving fluency in Russian.

Russian Proficiency Exam Prep

Key Russian proficiency exams, such as the TORFL (Test of Russian as a Foreign Language), are essential for anyone looking to validate their fluency in Russian for academic, professional, or personal purposes. The TORFL exam is divided into six levels, from elementary to advanced, assessing a range of abilities including reading, writing, listening, and speaking. Successfully passing these exams can open doors to higher education opportunities in Russia, improve employment prospects, and serve as a testament to your proficiency.

Engaging in Russian lessons with a native tutor can significantly enhance your preparation for these exams. An online Russian tutor can provide tailored lessons that focus on the specific requirements of the TORFL exam, helping you to improve your weaknesses and reinforce your strengths. These tutors can offer practice tests, real-time feedback, and targeted exercises that mirror the exam format, ensuring you are well-prepared and confident on exam day. The flexibility of online lessons allows you to schedule sessions at your convenience, making it easier to fit your classes into your busy schedule.

At Verbalplanet, we connect learners with private online Russian teachers who have the expertise and experience to guide you through your exam preparation journey. Our tutors use interactive and engaging methods to make your studies enjoyable and effective. Whether you are a beginner or looking to advance your skills, our Russian lessons provide the support you need to achieve your goals. By choosing Verbalplanet, you gain access to high-quality education that maximizes your potential for success in mastering Russian and passing proficiency exams.

Why learn with an online Russian tutor?

Given the complexity of the Russian, there are many benefits to studying with an online Russian tutor. Whether for business, academic support, or personal enrichment, our tutors provide customized lessons to help you achieve fluency effectively.

  • Russian for Business: Master business terminology and cultural nuances to enhance professional interactions in Russian markets.
  • Russian Grammar, Accent Reduction, and Pronunciation: Gain a deep understanding of complex grammar rules and improve your pronunciation for clear, effective communication.
  • Helping with Russian School Exams: Receive tailored support for exams such as A-Level Russian, GCSE Russian Oral exams and AP Russian ensuring top performance in academic assessments.
  • Travel: Enhance your travel experiences with fluent Russian, allowing for richer cultural immersion and easier navigation.
  • Emigrating to a Russian Speaking Country: Prepare comprehensively for a smooth transition and integration into a new community with advanced communication skills.
  • Personal Pleasure: Enjoy Russian literature, film, and music in their original format for a more fulfilling cultural experience.
  • Career: Expand your career opportunities in global markets with proficiency in Russian.
  • Personal Development: Enhance cognitive abilities and cultural awareness by learning a new language.
  • Official Russian Exams: Prepare for key proficiency tests such as the TORFL (Test of Russian as a Foreign Language) with expert tutoring.

Choosing a private Russian teacher from Verbalplanet ensures a flexible, personalized, and effective online learning experience, helping you reach your goals efficiently.

Frequently asked questions about our Russian lessons

Why learn Russian with us?

We've been helping people to learn foreign languages since 2006 and all our tutors are experts in helping anyone looking to improve their fluency, build confidence in speaking and learn Russian efficiently and effectively.

Our language tuition services are rated as excellent on Trustpilot and we have private Russian tutors for people of all ages and abilities.

Web based Russian tuition can help you quickly improve all the core skills - listening, writing, reading, speaking, pronunciation, grammar and vocabulary. You can also customize your lessons to focus on goals such as business Russian, conversational skills, accent reduction or passing official Russian proficiency tests. Whatever your goal we have some amazing Russian tutors here to help.

We've also a friendly customer service team on hand to help with any queries and guarantee an extra trial lesson if you're not completely happy with your Russian teacher after your first lesson.

What qualifications and experience do Russian tutors on Verbalplanet have?

Teaching on Verbalplanet is by application only and our standards are high so we only admit the very best tutors from around the world. We also monitor tutor performance 24/7. All our tutors are rated on their performance by fellow students so you can make an informed choice.

Our team of professional Russian tutors have years of experience teaching students of all ages and abilities, including children, and the vast majority are bilingual and can speak English.

You'll also find many tutors have additional professional qualifications or experience in teaching specialized areas such as conversational Russian, emigration tests, exam preparation and cultural studies.

How can a Russian tutor help me improve my fluency?

1-to-1 tuition with a private Russian teacher can help you improve core skills in several ways.

  1. They can provide personalized lessons tailored to your study style and goals.
  2. They can offer feedback on your pronunciation, grammar, and vocabulary, helping you to develop better conversational skills.
  3. Native Russian tutors can introduce you to cultural nuances and help you to understand the context behind certain words and phrases.
  4. Our Russian tutors have years of experience and can recommend the best resources, such as books, podcasts, radio channels and movies to help you practice and improve your fluency outside of class.

Overall, a private Russian tutor can be a valuable resource and can help you to achieve your goals more efficiently and effectively.

How do I pay for my Russian lessons?

We have several payment methods available for our Russian lessons. You can use credit/debit cards and PayPal.

Payment can be made quickly and securely in your local currency through the Verbalplanet platform. You can book as many Russian lessons as you want with no obligation to buy more than you need.

Working with an online Russian tutor tends to be cheaper than face-to-face lessons because the tutor doesn't need to travel to you. Typically web based Russian tuition will cost between $20 USD to $40 USD per lesson.

Unlike other platforms we offer loyalty discounts based on your booking history so your lessons can get progressively cheaper as you progress, which means that you can receive discounts whether you're buying one lesson or twenty.

What is the fastest way to learn Russian?

The most effective approach to learn Russian is through full immersion by living and working in the community alongside native speakers.

For most people that's not possible so we offer the next best thing which is to practice with a private Russian tutor.

Your Russian teacher can manage your development through a personal study plan designed to focus on your goals and areas of difficulty. All you need to do is create a free account, choose your tutor and start building your confidence in speaking in live conversation.

How can I learn correct pronunciation with an authentic accent?

To develop correct pronunciation and an authentic accent, consider these strategies:

  1. Listen and Imitate: Regularly listen to native Russian speakers through movies, songs, podcasts, and news broadcasts. Try to imitate the sounds, rhythms, and intonation.
  2. Use Pronunciation Tools: Leverage apps that focus on pronunciation, offering audio comparisons and feedback.
  3. Practice with Native Speakers: Engage with fluent Russian speakers or a tutor who can provide immediate feedback and corrections, helping you adjust your accent gradually.
  4. Record and Self-Assess: Record yourself talking and compare it to natural speakers, noting areas for improvement.

These methods, combined with regular practice, will gradually help you adopt an authentic Russian accent.

A problem many learners face is being embarrassed about talking outloud or making mistakes. Working with a Russian tutor is a great way to overcome this problems and grown in confidence.

How do I choose my Russian tutor?

Choosing an online Russian teacher involves several key considerations to ensure the best experience:

  1. Qualifications and Experience: Look for tutors with formal teaching qualifications and check their experience, especially with teaching students at your level. We only accept tutors with significant teaching experience and qualifications and all our tutors detail their past teaching experience on their profile page.
  2. Reviews and Feedback: Read reviews from other Verbalplanet students to gauge the tutor's effectiveness, reliability, and teaching style.
  3. Teaching Style and Approach: Consider what teaching style suits your needs. Some tutors may focus more on conversation, while others might emphasize grammar or pronunciation. Contact our tutors for free to learn more.
  4. Trial Lessons: These are a great way to test your current level of fluency and get to know your Russian tutor. Use this opportunity to see if the tutor's approach aligns with your personal goals and if you communicate well with each other.
  5. Flexibility and Availability: All available lesson times are shown in your time zone so you can ensure your preferred tutor's schedule aligns with yours and that they can commit to the number and frequency of lessons you'd like.
  6. Compatibility: Learning a language is a long-term commitment, so it's important that you feel comfortable and motivated by your tutor.
Should I choose a Russian tutor who is a native speaker?

Learning Russian with a native speaker isn't strictly necessary, but it does offer several important advantages.

Native Russian speakers provide authentic pronunciation, idiomatic use, and cultural context that can significantly enhance the overall experience. This real-world exposure helps learners understand how Russian is used in everyday conversations and situations, improving their listening and speaking skills more effectively than with non-native instructors.

Regular conversation with one of our Russian tutors will significantly boost your confidence in speaking and provide cultural insights enriching the learning process in ways which simply aren't possible through apps or self study programs.

How do Russian lessons work over the internet?

Online Russian lessons with Verbalplanet are a convenient and effective way to learn and are almost the same as 1-on-1 in person classes.

Our classes are conducted over Skype, Zoom or Microsoft Teams. This enables you to learn Russian from any location and keep using the same Russian tutor no matter where you are in the world. During the lesson, you will have the opportunity to interact with your tutor in real-time, practice your speaking, and receive immediate feedback and guidance.

You will also have access to our bank of resources to enhance your progress between classes.

How many Russian lessons do I need?

The optimal number of Russian lessons per week you'll need will vary depending on your fluency goals and any previous study. However, most educational experts say that regular practice is the key to becoming fluent in Russian quickly.

Ideally, around two or three online classes per week can offer a balanced approach, allowing enough time for new information to be absorbed and practiced, while also maintaining momentum without overwhelming the learner.

Engaging with a private Russian teacher with Verbalplanet can provide you with focused intensive practice and feedback that accelerates your path to fluency.

About the Russian language

Choosing to become fluent in Russian is an exciting journey.

The Russian language, spoken by approximately 258 million people, is one of the most widely spoken languages in the world. It is the official language of Russia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, and Kyrgyzstan, and it is widely used throughout Eastern Europe, the Baltic States, the Caucasus, and Central Asia. For learners, Russian offers access to a rich cultural and historical heritage, including classic literature, art, and music. Understanding Russian can also provide insights into the geopolitical landscape of the region.

Learning Russian involves mastering its Cyrillic alphabet, complex grammar, and diverse vocabulary. The language's grammatical structure includes six cases, verb aspects, and various nuances that can be challenging for learners. However, proficiency in Russian can open up opportunities in fields such as international relations, business, and science, given Russia's significant global influence. Additionally, knowing Russian can enhance travel experiences across Russian-speaking countries, allowing for deeper cultural immersion and communication with locals.

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