What are the best resources for learning Russian?

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    #1Verbling

    Verbling
    Learn all kind of languages (Spanish, French, Italian...) with native teachers taking lessons via video call.
    Course

    $6- Varies by plan

    Roy Murray
    Written on October 2, 2017
    "An interesting approach to learning a language, like having your very own tutor! Loads of great features to keep you challenged. Can get VERY expensive however, depending on the hourly rate of the teacher. "
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    #2BBC Languages

    BBC Languages
    A collection of videos and tutorials with online lessons with audio, games, vocabulary, grammar explanations and exercises to learn languages.
    Websites

    Free

    Austin Long
    Written on May 6, 2017
    "I think that if you want to start learning Russian, there is no better place than the BBC Languages website. Sure, it might be a little bare bones, but I think it can provide just enough of an idea for a user (it did for me) to find out if they wanted to continue with the language. I certainly loved learning the things that BBC Languages taught me, and I was more than happy with the service the site provided. I think I will continue seeking out this website to learn Russian and maybe find advanced lessons elsewhere. "
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    #3Learn Russian - Speak Russian

    Learn Russian - Speak Russian
    With this app, you can learn Russian with free exercises every day. Learn useful phrases for real situations, verb conjugations and improve your pronunciation daily.
    Apps

    Android, iOS

    Free- With in-app purchases.

    Samantha Patel
    Written on May 1, 2017
    "This app is a comprehensive tool to learn and achieve fluency in Russian. I liked the idea that I will be able to start memorizing core words, use them to build sentences and phrases. Mondly also offers help with pronunciation and conversational phrases. I hope that it starts at the beginning and isn't too advanced for novices."
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    #4italki

    italki
    This service connects you with native speakers for spoken practice on Skype. You can pay tutors for (affordable) one-to-one video lessons, or find a free language exchange partner.
    Websites

    Free- Varies by plan

    Rebecca Ray
    Written on March 21, 2017
    "This language learning website is so innovative! I like the idea of choosing your own personal teacher and scheduling your time to learn. It's going to be really helpful to hear some speak fluently and help with casual phrases. The whole process seems very customizable."
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    #5Duolingo

    Duolingo

    With the Duolingo app, you can practice and improve your speaking, reading, listening and writing skills while playing games at the same time. Just answer questions and complete lessons to improve both your vocabulary and grammar skills.

    Apps

    Web, Android, iOS

    Free

    Carolyn Turner
    Written on November 3, 2017
    "My youngest daughter is interested in all things Russian, so one day she asked if she could load Duolingo on her tablet to learn to read and speak Russian. I said she could. She's made so much progress. It's really fun for her to use it and she's learning a lot, not just about Russian, but about how one learns a language. She just started learning some Spanish and Korean (she's also a huge K-Pop fan) as well. I love how invested she is with the app - it's something she does just about every day. "
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    #6busuu

    busuu
    Master the basic skills and phrases of the language you want to understand fast with a fully interactive course, anytime and anywhere. You will be helped by hundreds of native speakers.
    Apps

    Android, iOS

    Free- with in-app purchases

    Anthony Williamson
    Written on October 11, 2017
    "I don't like busuu. I've studied a number of languages and used a wide variety of resources to help me learn. For me, busuu would be a last-resort option. This type of learning just isn't efficient."
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    #7HelloTalk

    HelloTalk
    HelloTalk is a language and culture exchange community. It connects you with native speakers of other languages so you can improve the language you're learning by chatting informally with them.
    Apps

    Android, iOS

    Free- With in-app purchases

    Scott Johnson
    Written on September 27, 2017
    "I have always wondered which program was the best for learning a new language. I came across HelloTalk while doing some searching. I have been using it for about a week and it is great. I would highly recommend you check it out for learning languages such as Russian or any others. "
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    #8Babbel

    Babbel
    Babbel is a free app that lets you learn Spanish, French, Italian, German, Portuguese, and many more languages. You will be able to have real-life conversations and to practice your speaking skills by doing the 'listen and repeat' exercises. 
    Apps

    Web, Android, iOS

    Free

    Vincent Gonzalez
    Written on January 12, 2017
    "I needed to learn Russian for my new job. Babbel is a great resource for that. It's super easy to pick up and I'm still learning every day. Would definitely recommend for a language app. "
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    #9Clozemaster

    Clozemaster
    Clozemaster is a language learning app that allows you to achieve new vocabulary by completing thousands of sentences with the missing word. Users can use it for free, although subscribers can enjoy advanced features.
    Apps

    Web, iOS, Android

    Free

    Irma Camacho
    Written on March 12, 2017
    "I do not think that this would be a good solution for me. I think that a lot more goes into learning language aside from filling on missing vocabulary words. From my experiences learning Spanish, if you know a lot of vocabulary words and definitions, but you lack the proper grammar, you will not be successful learning the language. I could be biased, though, as I have a hard time learning foreign language."
  7. 5

    #10Memrise

    Memrise
    Memrise is a course site dedicated to help people learn languages and vocabulary quick and effectively. If offers an app for Android and iOS devices to allow you to follow the courses wherever you are.
    Apps

    Web, iOS, Android

    Varies by plan

    Daniel Davidson
    Written on June 19, 2017
    "Memrise seems like it would be useful to someone learning to speak Russian, but it really isn't. It doesn't really aid the user much in memorizing the Russian alphabet. "
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    #11FluentU

    FluentU
    FluentU brings language learning to life with real-world videos, movie trailers, news, inspiring talks and more.
    Apps

    Web, iOS

    Free- month. Varies by plan

    Kelly Ellis
    Written on June 13, 2017
    "I'm working on learning the languages for the countries that I plan to visit. Currently, I am trying to learn Russian. I have been struggling a bit, to be honest. My co-worker suggested that I try FluentU. I was hesitant at first because it seemed like it took a weird approach. But I gave it an honest try and I found myself learning more quickly by engaging in real world scenario's. I'll definitely be using FluentU for a long time."
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    #12Forvo

    Forvo
    Find out how any word is pronounced. Just type the word you're looking for into the search bar and voila!
    Websites

    Free

    Angela Hunt
    Written on July 18, 2017
    "Forvo makes it super easy to learn Russian words at any time. All I do is type a word in and I can hear a clear pronunciation of it to talk to all my Russian friends!"
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    #13Berlitz Russian Phrase Book

    Berlitz Russian Phrase Book

    Berlitz Russian Phrase Book is a reference language book written by Berlitz Publishing Company for learning the Russian language. With over 200 pages, this book was published in 2008 by Berlitz Publishing.

    Books

    Check price

    Theresa Lane
    Written on May 4, 2018
    "The Russian language has always seemed intimidating to learn. However, this Berlitz audio book has helped me connect the visual look of Russian words and phrases with the audio proper way to pronounce and recognize these words and phrases. The listen and repeat feature is particularly helpful in retaining what I might need to know when I visit Moscow. "

Summary

Best What are the best resources for learning Russian
RankSolutionsTypeVotesPrice
1VerblingCourse 28 Paid
2BBC LanguagesWebsites 22 Free
3Learn Russian - Speak RussianApps 21 Free
4italkiWebsites 18 Free
5DuolingoApps 15 Free
6busuuApps 13 Free
7HelloTalkApps 11 Free
8BabbelApps 10 Free
9ClozemasterApps 8 Free
10MemriseApps 5 Free
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