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Yulia B.

25 Reviews
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Starting at $35
  • Speaks English, Russian
  • Awarded Music Performance Award from DePaul University School of Music
  • Master of Music, Percussion Performance from DePaul School of Music
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Yulia B.

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My students can expect learning something new and useful every lesson in a positive and productive environment.

I am a native Russian speaker with an extensive teaching experience.
I welcome students of all ages to learn or improve their Russian.
As a foreigner, I know exactly how the language learning process works and can deliver my knowledge in clear and accessible manner.
In addition to the language skills, my students can expect acquiring cultural knowledge, i.e. movies, literature, music , and traditions.

About Yulia

Yulia Block has joined the TakeLessons teacher's team in 2015. She is an active performer and enthusiastic educator. Born in Chelyabinsk, Russia, Ms. Block received a Bachelor of Music performance degree from the Roosevelt University Chicago College of Performing Arts in 2015 and a Master’s De

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Annika
Yulia is energetic and so welcoming! I had a ton of fun in our first lesson and I can’t wait for the rest of our lessons!
Kay L.
Excellent instructor
Casey
Yulia is really excellent at helping me with my rusty Russian
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Helen M.

33 Reviews
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Starting at $60
  • Speaks French, Russian, Ukrainian
  • Teaches Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
  • Master's degree in French language and literature from Donetsk National University
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Helen M.

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I am Russian native speaker. While working at Alliance Française I was tutoring French people in Russian language. I can help students to understand this subject deeper and to concentrate more on speaking practice which is very important in learning language.

About Helen

Hi, there! My name is Helen and I can't wait to meet you! I've been teaching private lessons since 2009 and have loved helping my students to speak a new language, to successfully pass their exams, and to increase their language confidence. I went to National University of Donetsk (Ukraine) and

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Chris E.
She is very understanding and patient.
Michael T.
Very good Russian teacher, patient with my busy work schedule.
Chris E.
My first lesson was great. She is understanding and easy to work with. I look forward to more lessons!
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Helena G.

22 Reviews
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  • Speaks Russian, English
  • Teaches students 5 and up
  • Teaching since 1990
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Helena G.

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Hello! I am a native Russian speaker, Russian language tutor, professional translator, and author of several literary works in Russian, as well as a music teacher. I am from St. Petersburg, Russia. I have been teaching for over 20 years. Our lessons will be informative and fun, I can't wait to meet you!

About Helena

Classically trained at Mussorgsky school of music in St. Petersburg, Russia, with over 20 years of teaching experience. I teach Violin, Viola and Piano Performance, Music Theory, Music History, Sight Reading and Ear Training to children and adults of beginning to advanced level. I utilize several

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Collin R.
Helena is very helpful and encouraging.
Matthew C.
She is amazing! My son enjoy the class so much! I truly appreciate it.
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Tatiana D.

78 Reviews
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Starting at $35
  • Speaks Russian, English
  • Teaches students 7 to 70
  • Teaches Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
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Tatiana D.

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Our lessons will be customized to reach your goals as soon as possible. I am a native Russian who lives in the USA. So I will be able to explain to you nuances of Russian language and cultural differences as well. You will learn how to speak as a native Russian!
I have been teaching Russian for 17 years to students of all ages.
I am sure you will not be bored. Our lessons will be fun and you will learn a lot!
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About Tatiana

Hello! Здравствуйте! I look forward to help you reach your goals as soon as possible! I am from Saint Petersburg, Russia. I have been teaching private lessons for 17 years and always have loved helping my students of all ages. I went to Saint Petersburg University and earned Master degree i

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Tatiana is great. She is very patient. Even though I'm only a few lessons in, I think I'm going to learn a lot with her.
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Aliaksandra P.

21 Reviews
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  • Speaks Belarusian, Russian, English, French, Italian
  • Teaching since 2001
  • Teaches students 5 and up
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Aliaksandra P.

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I am a native speaker and I will try to do my best to improve your Russian to reach the native speaker level as soon as possible.

About Aliaksandra

Hi, there! My name is Aliaksandra and I can't wait to meet you! I've been teaching private lessons since 2001 and have loved helping my students communicate in the language they want, make new foreign friends, and travel and study abroad. I went to Minsk State Linguistic University (Republic of Bel

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Mary Grace
Madame is incredible! We will definitely be continuing!
Mary Grace G.
Wonderful instructor; my daughter and I loved it. Can't wait for our next lesson.
Paul
Great instructor!! Has an in depth understanding of the language and a positive attitude.

Maria P.

29 Reviews
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  • Speaks Russian, English
  • Teaching since 1990
  • Teaches students 10 and up
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Maria P.

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Russian-born linguist Maria will help you with all of your Russian language needs. She is equally fluent in Russian and English. Whether it's tutorial help you need, translating assistance or just want to have fun learning a new language, Maria guarantees superb results. Большое спасибо и удачи с Bашим русским!

About Maria

Maria was born in Moscow, Russia. Her mother was a piano teacher and started Maria playing at 4. She studied at the legendary Moscow Conservatory with Victor Merzhanov. In the US, she won the Houston Symphony Ima Hogg Young Artist Competition and debuted with the Symphony performing Beethoven's Thi

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Gini D.
I have been studying with Maria for two months and she is the best piano teacher I have ever had. I played piano very seriously as a child, with excellent instruction using the technique of Josef and Rosina Lhevinne. As an adult, I did not play for several decades, so I am returning to piano as an older adult student. In the two months we have worked together, I have made tremendous progress.

The technique Maria teaches emphasizes using the weight of the body to produce sound while keeping the hands and arms relaxed and fluid, which not only produces a most beautiful and expressive tone, but protects the body from injury. Although similar to the Lhevinne technique, Maria’s technique takes it to higher level. Many piano teachers do not teach a technique but, in my opinion, solid technique is critical for an advanced student and best learned from the beginning.

Maria is patient and detail oriented and teaches all aspects piano with mastery. I highly recommend her.
Zachary E.
Maria is an excellent teacher for adults. I feel like there is the proper emphasis on building fundamentals while also focusing on what I enjoy about the piano (film scores). Maria is a kind and patient teacher who is challenging and still comforting for my beginner level. I would highly recommend her for any adult looking for lessons.
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No matter where you live, chances are we can introduce you to an amazing Russian teacher in your neighborhood. You can take lessons in the privacy of your own home or at your teacher's location.

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Is your dream Russian teacher on the other side of the country? No problem. Now, you can meet your teacher online on your smartphone or using a webcam on your computer. The world is your classroom!

Average Cost of Russian Lessons

The average cost of 60-minute Russian lessons is $59. While the exact cost will vary depending on the teacher, type of lesson, and location, you should expect to spend between $45 and $67 per hour.
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Over the past 12 years, we've given over 3,000,000 lessons to happy customers around the world.

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"Anna Novikova is one of the most affable and interesting instructors I have ever had, making Russian, which is normally a difficult and intimidating subject, something to look forward to every week. Personally, I would recomend tutoring sessions for the conversations alone, but she also is a very intelligent woman and competent instructor, and your understanding of Russian is sure to improve with her."
Brandon
Took Russian lessons from Anna N.
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"Victoria is the best Russian teacher I've ever had. She's very experienced, knowledgeable and patient. As a teacher myself, I'm quite critical of other teachers, but Victoria far exceeds my expectations. She takes time tailor each class materials and well prepared for each lesson."
Xiao
Took Russian lessons from Victoria M.
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"She is the best instructor ever! And I've had many over my lifetime. I wish I had started lessons with her weeks ago!"
Mark
Took Russian lessons from Anna C.
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"Excellent instructor. Outstanding preparation. Developed a plan for the lesson and executed it very well with attention to my level of the language. Also, set goals and a general outline for the next lesson. Very friendly and supportive throughout the lesson."
Lew
Took Russian lessons from Aliaksandra P.
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"Excellent! My student said "mom, when is next lesson?" .
LOVE the approach, great instructor.
Very happy!
Will continue with lessons.
Thank you! Roman!"
James
Took Russian lessons from Roman N.
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"So much fun! Loved learning with Roman! Look forward to more lessons."
Mar
Took Russian lessons from Roman N.
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"Best, sweetest Russian teacher. I learned a lot about the language and the culture. Russian movies are lots of fun. Highly recommended. Большое спасибо!"
Anna Drake
Took Russian lessons from Maria P.
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"7 lessons in, I am more than happy with my progress in learning Russian. Roman's learning curriculum is highly effective, organized, and noticeably in-depth. It provides all the expected positives of learning from a tutor and more. Roman himself is a pleasure to learn from. Both his lessons and his disposition reflect his extensive teaching experience. I certainly recommend him to anyone."
Jordan
Took Russian lessons from Roman N.
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"Excellent first course! Perfectly tailored to my professional needs."
Mathias
Took Russian lessons from Anna C.
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"Anna is a simply fantastic instructor of Russian. She has a plethora of resources at her disposal that she uses to great effect to help her students. We use a textbook in my class at the university, but Anna is able to supplement the textbook materials and explanations with her own materials. She is extremely patient and professional. I like that she really makes an effort to speak Russian all the time with students - even if we don't quite catch everything, it definitely helps to train our ears. She is extremely flexible and willing to work with students on whatever they think is the most pressing topic. Anna really revolutionized my own study of Russian and I am very grateful to her for all of her hard work."
Kevin
Took Russian lessons from Anna N.
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Russian Language Classes Near You

The language of countless astronauts, authors, and composers, Russian is spoken throughout an expanse of land that stretches across continents. About 280 million people worldwide speak Russian and roughly 160 million are native speakers, meaning just under half of Russian speakers in the world speak it as a second language.

Learning a foreign language such as Russian can have a variety of mental benefits because the brain constantly forms new neural pathways as you study. These can improve your cognition, memory, and focus, no matter your age. On top of that, learning additional Eastern European languages (such as Ukrainian, Polish, and Czech) will be much easier after learning Russian.

Why Take Russian Lessons?

Any language contains more than just foreign sounds, vocabulary, and grammar rules - it encompasses an entire culture. As you become acquainted with the unique cadences of the Russian language, you'll experience the culture, art, and music in a new way.

You'll also connect with people on a deeper level, and maybe understand your own heritage more intimately if you come from a Russian background. Plus, learning Russian opens you up to everything the largest country in the world has to offer, including rich historical sites and insights into a wide range of lifestyles.

Taking Russian language classes opens the door to easily exploring cities like Moscow and St. Petersburg, spending idyllic days by the Caspian Sea, or traversing Eastern Europe and Asia on the Trans-Siberian Railroad. In addition to the travel benefits, taking Russian lessons can assist you in doing business with the world's sixth largest economy.

What You'll Learn in Russian Language Lessons

Students who study Russian with private tutors are at a great advantage. They learn faster thanks to personalized curriculum and direct feedback, which books and video recordings simply can't provide.

While taking Russian language classes, you'll learn a new alphabet, be introduced to Russian grammar, vocabulary, pronunciation, conversation, and more. Since Russian teachers customize lesson content to meet their students' needs, lessons for kids will differ greatly from adult classes.

Your private tutor will also customize lessons based on your unique interests, whether you're learning for new career opportunities, enriching cultural experiences, or for getting in touch with your heritage. No matter what your language goals are, private Russian lessons are the fastest way to achieve them!

Sample Topics for Beginner Russian Language Lessons

If you have little or no experience with Russian, then beginner lessons are for you. Here, you'll build a strong foundation of skills that you can carry forward into more advanced classes. Your Russian teacher will help you stay motivated while giving you with a step-by-step approach to learning the fundamentals. You can expect to cover the following topics in your initial Russian lessons:

  • Reading, writing, and pronouncing the Cyrillic alphabet
  • Vowels, consonants, soft sign, and hard sign
  • Genders
  • Pronouns and essential vocabulary
  • Singular and plural forms -Introduction to grammar, nouns, adjectives, and verbs
  • Forming questions

Sample Curriculum for Intermediate Russian Lessons

Intermediate lessons with your Russian teacher will build upon the basics as you reach near-fluency. At this stage, you’ll be ready to start making conversational connections with Russian speakers around you and online. By the end of intermediate lessons, you'll likely have studied the following topics:

  • Verb conjugations
  • Complex sentence structures
  • Pronunciation rules and accent marks
  • Noun and adjective declensions
  • Long and short form adjectives
  • Conversation skills
  • Reading and listening comprehension

Sample Curriculum for Advanced Russian Lessons

Advanced Russian lessons aim to improve your skills to a stronger level of proficiency. Lessons should increase your comfort while conversing, reading, and writing in Russian. This is when you can start to explore the true subtleties of the language, which are a joy to learn! In advanced lessons, you may work on the following topics:

  • Colloquialisms and idiomatic language
  • Advanced writing assignments
  • Accent reduction
  • Cultural understanding

How long will it take you to learn Russian? The time required to achieve fluency depends on the individual student, their study time, and the frequency of lessons. The Foreign Service Institute lists Russian as a Category IV language, meaning it has significant cultural and linguistic differences from English.

On average, fluency in Russian requires about 44 weeks (1100 hours) of study for an English speaker. Don't let this intimidate you! When you learn to speak Russian with a private tutor, your teacher will help you overcome challenges more easily. Your private Russian teacher will improve your focus and motivation, helping you learn faster.

Every great goal is accomplished one step at a time. By taking online Russian lessons today, you’ll be unlocking a whole new world of language potential. Remember that you’ll start to experience some of the benefits of learning Russian well before you reach fluency!

Finding a Russian Teacher

When you're ready to start Russian language classes, a quick search on our site will simplify the process of finding a teacher. Our directory will lead you to a vast selection of Russian tutors with a variety of qualifications and teaching methods. Plus, each of our approved instructors has passed a complete background check.

When browsing our list of Russian tutors, you'll find many reviews written by students just like you. Reading through these comments, plus your prospective teacher's resume, will help you select the best tutor for you but if you need additional help, you can always reach out to one of our friendly Student Counselors. You can also send out an introductory message to a potential teacher, to make sure they are a good fit!

Online Russian lessons have made it possible for Russian enthusiasts from around the world to connect with native speakers in real time. With the click of a button, you can practice your conversational skills and build your vocabulary in a convenient and efficient way. Busy parents and kids also love the added scheduling flexibility that comes with online sessions!

Whether you choose to connect with a Russian teacher in-person or online, TakeLessons tutors will put you on the fast track to fluency!

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