Rusmate’s handy reference tool for learning and practising verbs through interactive games, Verb Blitz, is now available for learners of Icelandic, French and Spanish with Android devices! The apps are available for free (supported by ads) from the Google Play Store:
RusMate is back with a brand new, native Android app for learning and revising over a hundred Russian verbs!
Russian Verb Blitz is an interactive reference guide to over a hundred Russian verbs, detailing both imperfective and perfective forms for practice and revision. Not only that, but there’s also a handy infinitive quiz to test yourself on the meanings of all of them. Great for perfecting your grammar and also expanding your vocabulary!
In case you’ve missed this one, here’s a tip for a great podcast to improve your Russian skills if you’re at an intermediate level. The podcast is by govoriporusski.com (Говори по-русски), and features short dialogues and discussions on the topics, vocbularies and structures they touch upon. It really is an excellent free resource, including transcripts of the dialogues, although it can be a little challenging – but is ideal for pushing your Russian even further.
The dialogues cover topics from office chit-chat to current affairs (there was an excellent one some weeks ago on the volcanic ash problem), so the podcasts are packed with useful terms you can pick up and use straight away. Thoroughly recommended!
For learners of other levels, the excellent RussianPod101.com is highly recommended, with podcasts available from iTunes, and supplementary premium content available on their website. Visit RussianPod101.com for more details.
The latest version of RusMate Russian Vocabulary Booster has been released, including brand new topics, new words for existing topics, and a whole new tracking system so you can keep tabs on what you’ve been learning and how well you’ve done in the exercises. As always, full native speaker support is provided for the words.
The update is free for existing users of the app, and otherwise available for the same great price of £2.39 from the iTunes App Store at this link.
If you’re looking for some more challenging listening material, it’s worth visiting the free audiobook site LibriVox.org, which offers audiobooks in a variety of languages – including Russian. Visit the site at this link. On the homepage, click the link for the online catalogue, then More Search Options on the search page. The expanded search page gives you the option to search for audiobooks by language – simply select Russian, search, and you get a list of downloadable files. Currently there is a range of material, including poetry, prose and even a selection of Aesop’s fables in Russian – all great for listening practice. And remember, even if you don’t understand everything, listening for gist – even the odd word – is an important skill in language learning. And just the fact that you’re listening to native speaker Russian will help your ear atune to the sound of the language.
A brand new app has joined the RusMate family – and it’s currently completely free, so get it while you can! RusMate Russian Verb Blitz tackles that area of language learning, which traditionally scares so many off: grammar. It focuses on conjugation of the present tense in Russian, and puts your knowledge of the endings and the meanings of words through its paces. It also comes with a grammar guide, and a reference list of all the words included, giving the conjugation of the present tense and the perfective version of the verb where necessary.
The app is available through iTunes App Store – click here to download it now, and enjoy improving your Russian!