Beginner A1 level

Russian short stories for beginners

Learn Russian with stories

One of the problems facing people starting to learn Russian is the quite complicated grammar of the language. If you start by studying it, there is a good chance of you will struggle and give it up completely.

But there's another, much more enjoyable and more natural way to learn the language. If you listen to and read easy Russian stories many times, you will learn popular vocabulary and correct grammar naturally.

This Russian language course has been designed exactly to help you do so. Each story is very easy and contains popular A1 vocabulary only. We will have around 20 of these short stories in Russian in the complete course. When you finish it, you can try to engage in simple conversations with native Russian language speakers and start our next course, Russian short stories for beginners A2.

Each Russian story contains a Russian transcript, Russian audio recording and English translation. We have also created special vocabulary exercises, to help you to remember key Russian words and phrases.

How to learn with short stories in Russian?

It is very easy. Below you will find links to Russian short stories. Click the link and start doing exercises. At the beginning of each lesson, you will see slides with key vocabulary. Try to repeat words and sentences. You can also click the picture to listen to Russian pronunciation again. Spend a few minutes on this exercise, practising pronunciation.

Then move to the next exercise, where you will have to drag and drop the correct Russian translation of the English words. The vocabulary is the same as in previous exercises, so it should be easy.

In the next part of the lesson, you will see the short story in Russian. Listen to it a few times and practice pronunciation.

Then move to the final exercises, because you have practised so much they should be very easy. When you do the final drag and drop puzzle, you will finish the lesson and can go back to the course page.

Try to do at least one Russian short story a day and remember from time to re-visit the lessons to revise vocabulary.