Here is a compiled list of primarily immersion based learning resources for Russian, some of which I have used myself.
The information is not guaranteed to be correct. If you would like to correct anything, please join our Matrix chatroom and give your suggestions. (link on the sidebar)
|The New Penguin Russian Course||libgen||This book covers pretty much all basic grammar concepts you’ll need. Do note that it’s somewhat dated and some descriptions may no longer be accurate (One thing being the postal address system, which is no longer used)|
I made this deck myself, because I could not find any satisfactory ones. The 2.0 version has much fewer errors and significantly better coverage.
Simply search the title of the book online and add скачать (“download”) or читать онлайн (“read online”). It is significantly easier to find resources than by making equivalent queries in English.
Refer to the Google spreadsheet for more complete information.
Some subtitles are available for download from Google Drive
Only subtitled shows are listed here. If you can go without subtitles, we assume you have the ability to find things by yourself.
NOTE: If only some seasons of a specific show is listed here, it means the other ones are not subtitles.
SoL: Slice of Life
|Title||Genre||Season #||Hours||Sub quality||Video Links||Subs Link|
|Слуга народа||Political||1||9.2||Good||YT||Google Drive (embedded ones are bad)|
|Слуга народа||Political||2||11.2||Good||above||Google Drive (There are no embedded ones)|
|Назад в СССР||SoL||1||3.5||Good||YT||Embedded|
|Лучше, чем люди||Scifi||1||13.3||Desynced but good once retimed||NF RT||Google Drive|
Note: “Subtitles” always mean Russian subtitles
|Russian with Max||Yes||Beginner - Intermediate||Talks slowly and clearly, good for beginners. Some episodes has more advanced content.|
|Russian Progress||Yes||Intermediate||Talks faster than Max and does not pronounce each word as clearly, but still quite understandable.|
|99% in Russian||Yes||Intermediate||Travel vlogs|
|varlamov||Rare, but most have auto generated ones||Urban planning, current events, among other things|
|Utopia show||Many videos||Interesting stories, popular topics|
|Орел и Решка||Often, but all recent videos have them.||Travel show showing the lives of both the rich and the poor.|
|История всего||Rare||History, alternate history|
|The люди||Rare||Lives of people in interesting places|
|Микитко сын Алексеев||Rare||Linguistics and the history of the Russian language|
|Антон Птушкин||Rare (but has English ones)||Travel vlogs|
|Alpha Centauri||Often||Space news|
Podcasts for learners
In general these are more difficult than learning youtube videos, because there is no visual reference.
Most podcasts for general audiences are quite difficult to understand due to fast speech and the lack of visual cues, so we do not list them here.
- Has to be almost entirely in Russian, no substantial passages in other languages
- Most episodes has to be available without a paywall.
|Comprehensible Russian Podcast||Paywalled||Podcasts by the guy behind Russian with Max YT channel. Somewhat more difficult than the videos.|
|The Russian Twist Podcast||Paywalled||Interviews with guests|
|Next Level Russian||Website||Short podcasts on random topics|
|Очень по-русски||No||Short Russian lessons in Russian|