Russian I

Develop an understanding of Russian culture as you learn to speak the language. Discover how to read the Cyrillic alphabet, and gain conversational skills and essential grammar.

Recommended Textbook:
“Beginner’s Russian with Interactive Online Workbook”
ISBN: 978-0781812511

Who Should Attend

This course is for students who are new to the Russian language, or who would like a review of the fundamentals of the Russian language.

Benefits and Learning Outcomes

  • Cyrillic alphabet, learning to read and write. Vowels, stress and
    consonants. Similarities and differences between Russian and English.
    Forming and asking simple questions. Common phrases and words.
  • Sibilants and other consonants. Personal Pronouns. Forming questions
    with question words. Animate v. inanimate. Grammatical gender.
    Saying greetings. Introducing oneself I.
  • Learning to read in Russian. Soft vowels. Yes/No questions and
    answers. Introducing oneself II. Possessive pronouns. Saying “Excuse
    me” and “Sorry.”
  • Asking/answering “Where are you from?” Country and nationality.
    Introduction to cases.
  • Consonants: hard and soft. Spelling rules. Introduction to the
    declension of verbs. Conversation: “Do you speak Russian?” Formal/
    informal Russian names.
  • Consonants: voiced and unvoiced. Conversation: “I do not
    understand.” Review.


This course is for beginning Russian speakers. There is no prerequisite.


This is a noncredit enrichment program. Progress and courses completed are marked by Continuing Education Units. CEUs are not transferable to college or university transcripts.

Dates and locations to be announced.


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