5 Free Websites to Learn Russian the Easy Way

By Ari Helderman
May 2, 2022

Today I want to share with you 5 websites that are great for learning Russian. The best part? They’re all free! Since there are many different resources/websites available online – it can sometimes be difficult to find the ones that really have useful information. However, the following sites are vetted by me. So feel free to check them out:


The following 5 websites are all part of Learn Russian 101 network. Each website offers different types of lessons and other activities to learn and practice Russian every day and absolutely for free.
Watch this video where I tell you in Russian (with English subtitles) 9 reasons why Russian is actually easy to learn.

Очень по-русски (Very Much Russian)

Очень по-русски is an audio podcast about Russian slang and modern conversational language for upper-intermediate and advanced learners. It introduces you to the language that you will never find in standard textbooks and even dictionaries. Each episode is accompanied by a free transcription and translation to English. All the words explained in the podcast are gathered in the “Modern Conversational Russian Dictionary”. Recently the site launched the section “Russian Joke of the Week”, where every Monday you can find new funny Russian jokes with stress marks, translation in English and audio.

Очень по-русски (Very Much Russian)


Learn Russian Daily

Learn Russian Daily provides you a daily opportunity to learn and practice the Russian language. Subscribe to “Russian Word of the Day” and learn a new Russian word or phrase with two examples and audio every day. Practice the words you learned with the flashcards. Learn useful Russian phrases with the audio phrasebook. The content of the site is available in 3 different languages: English, Spanish, and French.

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Learn Russian Step by Step

Learn Russian Step by Step is a free online Russian grammar and vocabulary course for beginners. Short audio lessons step by step take you through the important points of Russian grammar, starting from the alphabet and pronunciation, as well as teach you useful Russian words and phrases for everyday situations. The content of the site is available not only in English, but also translated in Spanish and French.

learn russian step by step


Russian Pen Pal

The best way to learn Russian, as any other language, is to practice. The best way to practice is to have interesting conversations with native speakers. Russian Pen Pal already includes dozens of profiles of Russians who are eager to find partners for language exchange, and their database is growing daily. Join the community and find your soul mate in Russia today!

russian pen pal


Everyday Russian

Everyday Russian offers free online Russian lessons for all levels. More than 10 types of activities are designed to develop your reading, listening and writing skills, as well as to teach you some useful vocabulary. Every lesson, except tests, comes along with an audio file recorded by a native Russian speaker. The content of the site is also available in 3 different languages: English, Spanish and French.

everyday russian

What should you do next?

Learning Russian does NOT need to be difficult. All you need is a solid plan that helps you improve the following things daily:

  • vocabulary
  • grammar
  • listening skills
  • speaking skills

That's ALL you need. If you can do this for a couple of weeks, you’ll already be making great progress in your Russian skills.

And the best part? If you improve a little bit every day, soon these practices will become daily habits.

And then you will start making progress on autopilot.

This means that learning Russian is now a part of your daily routine. So you won’t even need discipline anymore to get yourself to practice.

If you like the idea of this, but don’t know where to start, go here for more information.

About the Author

My name is Ari Helderman and I help people learn Russian through videos and blog posts where I share my experience.   I have been learning Russian since 2016. I often get mistaken for a native speaker these days, so I've learned a thing or two about what works and what doesn't if you want to speak Russian well.

Ari Helderman