learn russian podcastWould you like to learn Russian fast and effective? Then learning the Russian language with the help of a learn Russian podcast might just be the best thing for you to do. After all, the main reason to learn a language is to learn how to speak it. And in order to speak well you need to be able to listen well.

So, if you just want to learn Russian to read the language. Or to be able to read the alphabet – you can still do that. But I’d recommend that you use Russian podcasts mainly for learning how to speak and listen Russian.

In my opinion podcasts are one of the main staples if you want to learn Russian. After all, it’s a great way t really get a feeling for the language. You might know that the best way to learn a language is to go to the country where people speak it?

That’s true. But sometimes it is simply impossible for you to do that. And then the second best thing you can do is to try and immerse yourself in the language at home. Having a Russian friend to talk to helps. but if you don’t have one, then the best thing to do is to find a good learn Russian podcast.

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What does a good learn Russian podcast need?

Not all podcasts are created equal. Luckily with most podcasts you can take a free trial to check out if you like it or not. And to find out if it is a good learn Russian podcast you need to pay close attention to the following things.

#1 Effective way to learn Russian

The first thing is that it should be an effective way to learn Russian. If you enjoy the teaching style and can are already learning new words, grammar and other things. then chances are very high that this podcast is right for your. If you find the explanations a bit weird and don’t really get what they are saying. Then it’s better to leave it.

After all, there are many different learn Russian podcasts out there. So if one doesn’t fit with you, there is another one out there that will!

#2 It needs to be fun to listen to

So, after you’ve found out whether the podcast actually teaches your Russian, The next thing that it needs is that is has to be FUN to listen to. Why? Because if it’s not fun you aren’t going to be motivated to listen to it.

And if you don’t want to listen to it. How are you going to put in the hours to really learn Russian? Exactly. you won’t.

But if a learn Russian podcast is fun to listen to… it will be 10 times easier to practice every single day! You’ll put in more hours learning the Russian language. You’ll make faster progress. And the main point: practicing won’t even feel like practice!

#3 Incremental progress

So, we’ve got a podcast that is fun to listen to. And it also effectively teaches you Russian. What is the next thing? Simple. It needs to progress. After all, if it only teaches you the basics, it might be fin for the first month of learning Russian. but afterwards you want something that ca teach you the intermediate steps.

The best thing is if the progress is incremental. One word and one grammar rule at a time. That is the most effective way to learn a new language. you don’t want progress to be too fast. Otherwise your brain will get too much information. Focus is important and incremental progress is by far the best way to learn Russian!

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If you go to Moscow you have to be able to speak Russian well!

#4 Includes all the elements of learning a language

The next thing is that the learn Russian podcast should include all the elements of learning a language. Here are the most important ones:

  • Listening
  • Speaking
  • Reading
  • Writing
  • Vocabulary
  • Grammar

If one of the pillars is out of balance, you’re entire learning will suffer. For example, if you know all the grammar rules, but you only know a couple 100 words in Russian. You’re not going to speak well. And it’s true on the other hand as well. We all know those people who can read a text in another language just fine, but when it comes to speaking – they fail miserable (maybe you’re even one of them!).

In this case it’s important that you put extra attention into listening and speaking. That will offer you the most benefit for your time!

#5 Test yourself

The final thing is tha you need to be able to test yourself. You can be learning things all the time, but if you never take the time to test yourself, yu won’t really know where you are. And how much progress you’ve made.

The best podcasts have a way to test yourself. Whether this is done by small quizzes at the end of each lesson. Or with an online dashboard that allows you to test everything you’ve learned. It doesn’t matter. but there needs to be some way to find out if you have understood all the material well or not.

Learn Russian podcast : final words

Here’s a quick recap of everything we’ve learned so far today. The most important things a good learn Russian podcast should have are:

  1. It needs to be an effective way to learn Russian.
  2. You also want it to be fun.
  3. Progress needs to be included and it should be incremental – one step at a time.
  4. You want all the elements of learning a language to be in the program.
  5. There needs to be a way to test what you’ve learned.



P.S. want to know which learn Russian podcast I used to become fluent in Russian? Check out my review of Russianpod 101 here to find out why I consider this the absolute best Russian podcast available. If you’re serious about learning the Russian language – then you don’t want to miss the premium lessons of Russianpod101!

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About the Author Ari Helderman

I started learning Russian seriously in January 2016. I created this site to help other foreigners speak Russian. You can follow my progress in Russian on my YouTube channel Ари Говорит по-русски.

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