Course Summary

Russian Elementary 1 is an 18-hour course designed for beginners who wish to learn to speak, read, write and understand basic Russian used in everyday situations.

Currently, we have no dates scheduled for this course. Please contact us via email enquiries@cae.edu.au to register your interest.

The following topic will be covered:

  • Introduction to the Russian alphabet and Russian sounds
  • Key words and phrases (including greetings and addressing someone, introductions, personal information, asking for directions)
  • Basic structures/grammar of the language (genders of nouns, plural of nouns and adjectives)
  • Numbers
  • Vocabulary building
  • Ongoing practice through listening, reading, writing and engaging in dialogues in a group environment
  • Cultural references to assist in understanding the application of Russian in everyday life

By the end of this course students should be able to:

  • Read and write the Russian alphabet and words learnt during the course;
  •  Understand and use basic phrases to greet people and introduce themselves;
  • Use the present tense of some verbs;
  • Engage in simple conversations and exchange personal information about their names, nationality, telephone numbers, asking for detections;
  • Understand basic counting and numerical forms in Russian;
  • Commence understanding the grammar structure behind the content learnt in a friendly and collaborative learning environment;
  • Gain basic background information on some values and customs of Russian-speaking communities.

No prior knowledge of Russian required

Pen and Paper

Textbook: Get Started in Russian: Teach Yourself (Teach Yourself Beginner’s Languages), Author: Rachel Farmer, Binding: Paperback, Publisher: Teach Yourself Books, Published: 04 March 2014
ISBN 13: 9781444174892 / ISBN 10: 1444174894

Available from:

LANGUAGE INTERNATIONAL, 15 Station Street, Kew East Vic 3102 ph: 9857 0030

Available with companion website access from Georgetown University Press. Companion website access can be purchased by itself.

***Cancellations or postponements are notified 48 hours before class commencement. Please consider this before purchasing class materials***

The course is ideal for people simply wishing to learn the language or people intending to travel to a Russian-speaking country for work or leisure.

Last updated: October 23, 2019 04:34pm