Russian/English Parallel Texts Index

Russian/English Parallel Texts - With Russian Audio!

The following articles are parallel texts presented in Russian and English. Each text contains audio in Russian. They are designed to help you learn Russian in a natural way. These articles are designed for intermediate to advanced learners. However even beginners will benefit from attempting to read along. We recommend you read through each article several times, making sure that you understand it. Don’t forget to try reading each article aloud in Russian. Each text was originally written in Russian then translated to English, this ensures that language used will also be natural. On some occasions the English translation might feel a little unnatural.

At first the audio will seem very fast! The samples are recorded at natural Russian reading speed which is quite fast. Don't worry! Just read and listen to each paragraph several times, making sure you can pick out the main words. Listening to Russian at full speed will really help your understanding when you get to Russia. Don't be stressed if it takes you a long time understand the audio. After you have read the articles you should also attempt to understand the articles just by listening, as this will help improve your oral comprehension skills.

Irina's Articles

Irina is a Russian speaker who lives in Ukraine. She is a university professor fluent in Russian, Ukrainian and English.

1 - My name is Irina - Меня зовут Ирина

Lena's Articles

Lena is a university student who lives not far from Moscow. She has prepared the text and audio. She reads quite fast!

1. - My name is Masha - Меня зовут Маша
2. - The Russian Language - Русский язык
3. - Russian Winter - Русская зима
4. - Russian Women - Русские женщины
5. - Russian Men - Русские мужчины
6. - Yuri Gagarin - Юрий Гагарин
7. - Remnants of socialism in Russia - Остатки социализма в России
8. - Russian Food - Русская еда
9. - Going to the seaside - Отправляясь на море
10. - Moscow - Москва
11. - Sport in Russia - Спорт в России
12. - The Trans-Siberian Railway - Транссибирская магистраль
13. - Relationships in Russia - Взаимоотношения в России
14. - Russian History - Российская история
15. - Globalization - Глобализация
16. - Russian Military - Русская армия
17. - Saint Petersburg - Санкт-Петербург
18. - Russian Weddings - Русская свадьба
19. - Taking a train in Russia - Отправляясь путешествовать на поезде в России

Recommended Books For Learning Russian

The New Penguin Russian Course: A Complete Course for Beginners - Probably the best course in a book.

Russian-English Bilingual Visual Dictionary - A visual dictionary with lots of illustrated examples.

A Comprehensive Russian Grammar - A great reference on Russian grammar.

The Big Silver Book of Russian Verbs - A great reference book of conjugated Russian verbs.

Russian Learners' Dictionary: 10,000 Russian Words in Frequency Order - A simple but powerful concept. Expand your vocabulary by learning the most used words first.