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Learn Russian – Improve Your Skills with TV and Movies

10. January 2013 by Lorena 0 Comments

When you are learning a foreign language, it’s not enough to simply memorize phrases written on a page. You need to hear what the language sounds like, and spend time speaking it, as well.


One of the ways to get used to spoken Russian is to watch videos in Russian with English subtitles. There are a number of these online that you can use. You can also buy DVDs, such as the excellent Russian Sherlock Holmes series.


To get you started, here is a two part Russian cartoon made in the Soviet Era. Трое из Простоквашино (Three from Buttermilk Village) is a simple-to-follow story about a boy who runs away from home with a cat and a dog. To watch the videos with English subtitles, click on the CC icon, and select English. If you watch the videos on Youtube, you can also watch running transcripts of the videos while they play by clicking the transcript icon, which resembles a piece of paper. Switch back and forth to see a phrase in both English and Russian.


See if you can pick out some of the words and phrases used in the cartoon. They are presented below without pronunciation clues so you can work on your Cyrillic.





Я вас очень люблю

I love you very much.



Thank you!


Кто там?

Who’s there?


Я вас очень скучаю.

I really miss you.




Keep practicing by reviewing previous Russian language lessons.


Photo: Wikipedia