Russian Beginners 3 WEA Sydney

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This course is for any student wishing to learn Russian for pleasure, business, travel or everyday use with approximately 40 hours of prior instruction required. Students will develop their growing language skills to use in conversation, reading, listening and writing. The communicative “natural” teaching approach of this course will allow students to enhance their communication skills while engaging with a range of everyday topics. This course also serves as an introduction to Russian society and fosters the appreciation of Russian-speaking cultures in a differentiated and informed way.  


  • Online


  • Tutor supplied material from Troika: A Communicative Approach to Russian Language, Life and Culture, Marita Nummikoski as well as additional materials developed by the tutor, will be provided to students in class.


  • Talking about eating and drinking; Talking about things you have and do not have; Verbs есть, пить, продавать and покупать; Genitive case (with numerals, quantity, to express possession and absence)
  • Comparing quantities and measurements; Comparing prices; Shopping for food; Accusative versus nominative; Дорогой/дорого and дешёвый/дёшево
  • Describing past activities; Describing future activities; Talking about TV and movie schedules; Verbal aspect: Overview; Verbal aspect in the past tense / consecutive action
  • Making invitations; Talking on the telephone; Going to the theatre; Verbal aspect in the future tense; Verbs of motion; Animate accusative (singular)
  • Buying presents; Asking for advice and making decisions; Discussing likes and dislikes; Dative case: overview; Verbs подарить and дать; The possessive pronoun свой
  • Planning for parties and making invitations: Discussing ages and dates of birth; Dative case: Personal pronouns; singular and plural of nouns, adjectives; And possessive and demonstrative pronouns; Verbs помогать, предлагать, советовать, нравиться
  • Talking about holidays; Expressing congratulations and wishes; The preposition к; Age expressions; Verbs родиться and умереть; Time expressions: Days, months, and years
  • Talking about the weather; Impersonal versus noun + adjective constructions: сегодня холодно/сегодня холодная погода; Irregular comparative of adjectives and adverbs
  • The Russian view of nature; Discussing weather-related activities; Necessity with надо; If clauses: future; Syntax: такой vs так; Soft adjectives

In addition to the linguistic component, the course will include the cultural component. We will talk about Russian food stores, telephone etiquette, visiting Russian homes, giving gifts, Russian holidays, climate and geography of Russia, and more!


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

  1. Expand one’s knowledge of common Russian vocabulary and grammatical structures;
  2. Describe past and future activities, make and accept invitations, talk about one’s holidays and travels, discuss likes and dislikes. 
  3. Increase one’s knowledge of Russian society and develop a greater appreciation and understanding of the Russian-speaking world and its diverse cultural practices;
  4. Develop the language and general learning skills required for further study of Russian.