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”, 2nd edition
ISBN: 978-0781814409



Ekaterina Vargas

Ekaterina Vargas

Ekaterina (Katia) Vargas is a native Russian speaker and is passionate about the Russian language and Russian culture. Her goal is to provide an easy to follow guidance and a fun learning experience while helping the students to accomplish their ... read more

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.

Date: 6 Tue, Sept 10-Oct 15, 2024

Delivery Method: Live Online

Time: 6-8:30pm CT

Platform: Zoom

Instructor: Ekaterina Vargas


$179 by Aug 27, 2024
$199 after Aug 27, 2024

Discounts Available

Discount CodeDescription
Early Registration Discount Register by Tue, Aug 27, 2024 and receive $20 off.

ACTIVE Osher members receive 10% discount on Language courses. Contact the the Languages Department at for any questions.


As an ACTIVE member of the Hispanic Professionals of Greater Milwaukee Organization (HPGM) receive a 10% discount on this language program.

Early registration discounts will subtract automatically from the fee if the registration is submitted prior to the deadline. All other discounts require the code in the left column to be entered on the registration form. Only one discount code can be entered on a registration form.


Discounts Available

CEUs: 1.5

Enrollment Limit: 16

Program Number: 7781-16109

Registration Deadline: Sept 10, 2024

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