Just wanted to say thank you for such a great learning tool. I've been looking for something like this for a LONG time! I am a beginner Russian student and your program has skyrocketed my vocabulary, as well as my comprehension and listening skills. I started to believe that I would never understand Russian, but you have given me hope. I now understand about 70% of what is said in the episodes, up from 30% when I started listening to them 7 weeks ago. Progress! Thank you so much and keep up the fine work. Спасибо.
San Diego, California, USA
I have been teaching Russian for the last 5 years, and it has always been a pain in the neck to find interesting materials that my students will like (they are so picky!). Now, I just ask their favorite topic and bring up the news on that topic. Everybody loves slow audio. I can´t describe how helpful it is to my students (especially beginners) who are not used to spoken Russian. Many of them read and write quite well but their listening skills are very poor. Now, I have a great solution on how to help them. Thanks a lot. Greetings from St. Petersburg.
St. Petersburg, Russia
News in Slow Russian is a really wonderful site, a gem for Russian language learners!
Personally, I've been learning this notoriously difficult but beautiful language for some time now, but knowing only grammar rules and vocabularies is insufficient if one cannot make out what is being said when one hears native speakers speak it. And that was precisely my problem.
Although audio and video learning resources are readily available over the internet, none is quite as informative and unique (varied news clips read in Russian in 2 speeds delivered daily) as NISR.
This site has definitely helped me improve my listening and comprehension skills in my short 4 months since joining it. And with extremely reasonable monthly fees, I highly recommend all learners of the Russian language subscribed to it.
Oh, and have I mentioned that the reader's voice is such music to the ears?
I subscribed to News in Slow Russian a few days ago and...please keep up the great work! Everything about it is perfect for me: audio in 2 speeds, transcript with definitions, 3 levels, etc. I plan to work my way through all of level 1, and then 2, and finally do level 3 until I am happy with my level of Russian. I create about 10 flashcards from each article to boost my vocabulary.
Your easy readers are also great. I finished "The Speckled Band" and "Tom Sawyer", and will go through the rest when I have time (News in Slow Russian is occupying all my Russian study time now).
My goal is to natively read Tolstoy and other great Russian writers, and your products have been like a speed booster to my progress. So I just want to say thank you and encourage you to continue.
I came across News In Slow Russian and I am glad I signed up to it. I learned Russian for 2 years and stopped studying for 2 more years, and decided I needed something to get me going again without a teacher. I understand a lot more than I thought I did after my time out and I am so happy to have found News In Slow Russian. It has built up my confidence again and I am able to read easily without hesitation only after 1 week of reading news articles at level 1. Thank you so much!!
San Rafael, California
News in Slow Russian now is an essential part of my studies. I work full time and don´t really have much time to study languages. Nevertheless, I managed to incorporate daily news in my busy schedule. I normally read new articles in the morning when I am taking the metro, then listen to slow audio when I walk from the metro to the office, and on the way back I listen to the audio in normal speed. For me, this is an amazing stress free way to improve my Russian. All together I think it takes no more than half an hour a day and always on the go. Thank you for building this wonderful service! PS. Post more news about politics, please.
Juan Jose Morales
Mexico City, Mexico
I have been studying Russian on my own for 4 years. It is slow going, but I find the language endlessly interesting. I was mostly working from a grammar book and a couple of internet language programs, but they really don't give enough practice in reading and hearing the language regularly. I tried children's books, but they get boring after awhile. News in Slow Russian gives me an interesting article every day that I can translate (with help if I need it). I have learned a lot of new vocabulary, and even more important, I can now translate unfamiliar words by recognizing the root and looking at the context. I am not yet up to listening to the news being read, but I know that is coming soon. Thank you Christina for doing this!
New York, USA
I am almost 70 and have been working on learning Russian over the years. "News in Slow Russian" has been a tremendous help because it delivers contemporary language (selfie, drone, etc.) rather than tourist dialogs (Where is the hotel?), and because I have found that the best way to acquire a language is by listening to the language (Russian) spoken clearly, slowly and with proper pronunciation and intonation. I look forward to each new podcast, and I am also a big fan of your adaptions of literature. I hope you continue to provide this great approach to learning Russian. You have really helped me to acquire the Russian language.
I appreciate receiving daily "News in slow Russian", the choice of topics, the difference in levels, it helps a lot in learning Russian, thank you very much.
Zaandam, the Netherlands
The best purchase I ever did was my subscription to news in slow russian. It motivates me so much to read and learn russian every day. The articles are not too long, so there is no excuse not to do it! And besides that, they are almost always interesting. The two versions of audio makes it perfect. Thank you Kristina for this perfect website, and for making the learning process so stimulating, interesting and what's more... effective. It is totally worth the money!
Karin van Beek
Amsterdam, the Netherlands
A very good method to immerse oneself in Russian. Always arrives on time.
Great site for improving listening skills and vocabulary. Constantly improving resources - check out new 'Books' section. Keep up the good work.
Language learners tend to have more difficulty with listening than with speaking, because we can always limit the speed and complexity of what we are saying, but we can't always force other people to speak slowly and use only simple words. Therefore, listening practice is essential once we get past the beginning learner stage. News in Slow Russian site does listening practice the correct way: both slow and normal speed audio; transcript of the audio; interesting and often positive news (not just depressing news about earthquakes and airplane crashes and terrorist bombings, like some Russian news podcasts); articles not too long and not too short; pleasant-sounding and clear voice for the audio. Cost of a month of news articles is similar to cost of e-books of similar length with audio, so fairly priced. Highly recommended.
I´ve been learning Russian for about 3 years and have always been very careful not to waste money on tutors or group classes. So the fact that I would spend almost two hundred of dollars on a Russian course is crazy to me! But I did it because I know you have to invest into your education to reach your goal as quickly as possible and I knew it would be good! I don't regret it one bit. News in Slow Russian is worth that and more! Now I'm happy to study Russian at home or on the go whenever I have free time. My vocabulary and listening skills skyrocketed! And I´m happy that now I have a lifetime access to all the articles and audio files and don´t have to pay for monthly subscription. Thanks a lot!
I am at an intermediate level, so finding learning materials is TOUGH. Everything is either too easy or too hard -- and the news is eternally frustration because they speak so fast. But it's been frustrating, because i know the news is the best medium to improve your skills. Finding News in Slow Russian has TRANSFORMED my language learning. I can adjust the difficulty based on the day, choose the articles that are most interesting to me, and go through the audio normal speed, than slow speed, then normal speed. And then look at the text and have all the key words already explained. There is nothing else like this in the language learning world, and I wish it had existed when I was in college 10 years ago. Study abroad is the best, but for distance learning, I don't think there's a better way to become proficient in a language by study. Truly a critical and very valuable asset.