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Free Russian Resources

There are so many resources that it is sometimes difficult to know which ones to use, and to identify which ones are good. Cactus has carefully assessed the wide range of free Russian language resources. Below you can find a selection of our most recommended, useful and reliable Russian language resources. These can be used as a helpful support to language learning whilst learning Russian with Cactus.

Russian Dictionaries

One of the largest online unilingual dictionaries for Russian, Gramota includes a dictionary of synonyms and antonyms, as well as extensive grammar information for each word. In Russian only.

WordReference is a popular bilingual dictionary, and combines its own dictionary with the long-established Collins dictionary. WordReference also includes a useful forum where users can get help with Russian language related questions.

Lingvo Live
Lingvo Live is an extensive bilingual dictionary developed by the Russian global technology company ABBYY.

Akademik is the gateway to numerous specialised Russian dictionaries and bilingual dictionaries. If you are looking for a specific term, you will probably find it on Akademik. In Russian only.


Yandex Perevodchik
Yandex Perevodchik is a translation tool developed by ABBYY and hosted by Yandex, Russia’s most popular search engine. In Russian only.


Verbix offers a handy Russian verbs conjugator.


Memrise is a popular website and mobile app which enables you to memorise Russian vocabulary. It is a great and fun way to learn new vocabulary in addition to your language course.

Quizlet is a fun and simple website and mobile app which will help you develop your Russian vocabulary using flash cards.

Cram has a large list of flash cards to help you learn new Russian words. It also has a mobile app, so you can memorise Russian vocabulary anywhere anytime.

Useful Russian phrases

Loecsen lists very useful basic words and phrases for those looking to traveling to Russian speaking countries.


Forvo is a free and comprehensive pronunciation guide maintained by native speakers around the world. It includes the pronunciation of more than 3 million words in 325 languages.

Cyrillic alphabet

Not only Lexilogos has a comprehensive list of language resources, it also offers a convenient online Russian Cyrillic alphabet keyboard.

News in Russian

BBC Russian
The BBC has a section with news in Russian. Reading news in Russian on a daily-basis is an excellent way to practice the language, while gaining a deeper understanding of the events affecting the Russian-speaking countries.

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