Алфавит, Part 2

More handwriting practice…

From the course Beginner’s Russian, Learning to Communicate in Russian – UCLA class with all online resources and excellently put together (does not use Golosa, but still provides great material).

  1. Russian Letters: Group 1 View demo
  2. Russian Letters: Group 2 View demo
  3. Russian Letters: Group 3 View demo
  4. Russian Letters: Group 4 View demo
  5. Russian Letters: Group 5 View demo
  6. Russian Letters: Group 6 View demo

More Homework…

  1. Memrise.com course “Learn Basic Russian”, lessons 5-6:

The Story of Эрик

Read the text silently as you listen to the recording. The Russian words in context will help you match up the new Russian letters with their sounds.

Эрик Кац was born in Даллас in the штат of Техас, but after high школа, he became a студент in a small колледж in Нью-Йорк. His main интерес was Russian area studies, and he was fascinated by everything having to do with Россия: as a freshman, he signed up forкурсы in русская литература, история, политология, география, философия, музыка, and культура. He read all the Russian классики: Пушкин, Достоевский, Толстой, and Чехов.

Эрик also took courses in русский язык. To practice his русский язык, Эрик visited all sorts of русские вебсайты on the Интернет. There he read русские журналы and газеты, listened to русское радио and watched русское телевидение. He also rented lots of русские видеофильмы.

Эрик was especially interested in русская история, from the time of the all-powerful цари, like Пётр I through the период of коммунизм under Soviet rulers such as Ленин, Сталин, Хрущёв, and Брежнев to those under whom Россия moved towards the West: Горбачёв,Ельцин, and Путин.

In his senior year, Эрик traveled to Россия and spent the семестр in Москва, Санкт-Петербург, Волгоград, and Воронеж. After the spring семестр ended in май, Эрик left Россия and spent all summer – all июнь, июль, and август traveling around Центральная Азия. In countries as remote as Казахстан, Узбекистан, Таджикистан, and even far-off Кыргызстан, Эрик found that he could communicate with just about everyone using his русский язык.

Before leaving Россия, Эрик invited his new friend Анна to visit him in Америка. Эрик wanted Анна to see Даллас, where his мама, папа, and сестра lived. And of course, Анна wanted to travel all around the США: from Бостон to Вашингтон, from Чикаго to Атланта andМайами, and then on to Хьюстон, Лос-Анджелес, Сан-Франциско, and Сиэтл.

After returning to Америка, and after Анна came to visit, Эрик finished his studies and considered a future карьера, perhaps as a журналист or a профессор or as a бизнес-консультант for firms dealing with Россия and Центральная Азия. With his solid knowledge ofрусский язык and русская культура, Эрик knew that he would find many opportunities.

*Taken from the Companion Website to Голоса

And a fun little video about the sounds animals make in Russian:


Алфавит, Part 1

To start things off… You need to make an account on Memrise.com and either use the web version or download the app. As you start this endeavor/series, there is one course in particular which is the best way I have found so far to learn the alphabet, and it will transition you into learning vocabulary, it’s called “Learn Basic Russian“.

Depending on how serious you are about learning Russian, you may want to buy keyboard stickers and install the appropriate language pack so you can type in Russian (rather than constantly going through Google translate, which is a bit irritating if you do it a lot).

Russian/English Keyboard
Russian/English Keyboard

After you have read through this section (Алфавит) in your Golosa Textbook, and listened to the corresponding audio files (found here), then you can move on to the next bits of homework, seen below.


  1. Memrise.com course “Learn Basic Russian”, lessons 1-4:
  2. Memrise.com course “Russian Handwriting”, all lessons:

Learning and practicing your handwriting:

  1. Powerpoint detailing and introducing Russian handwriting:
  2. Interactive lecture teaching Russian handwriting:
  3. Russian cursive writing practice sheet (only individual letters):
  4. Great video going over the written alphabet and their sounds, try writing them on your practice sheet as she goes over them:

  5. Fun vintage video from the early 60’s of Americans being taught to speak Russian:
  6. A similar video but is more recent, using graphics: