Learn Russian by discovering Russia: RusPod online course

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Ruspod.com is a website for learning Russian that combines audio podcasts, text lessons and interactive exercises. It's a good way to learn the real Russian spoken "on the street" or "in the office" and get a deep insight into everyday Russian life and different peculiarities of Russian mentality. As a result you’ll learn not only Russian but a lot about Russia itself!

The course consists of 4 levels: Survival, Beginner, Elementary and Basic. This channel provides you with some free podcasts along with all dialogues published on our website. If you don't know the Russian alphabet yet, we recommend to start here: http://ruspod.com/alphabet/.

Remember that you get a 7-day free trial after you register at http://Ruspod.com, so you can try all of our lessons (http://ruspod.com/lessons/) out for free! .

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Learn russian - learn Russia!
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last modified
2017-11-29 04:57
last episode published
2013-08-13 17:24
publication frequency
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Number of Episodes
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13.08.2013

Runaway bun (dialogue only)

Wanderlust – the inability to stay in one place – may not be a typical Russian affliction, but still, there are many Russians abroad nowadays, on the look-out for a less-boring or a less-dangerous country to settle in. To some, they are reminiscent of ...
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12.08.2013

Guests are a-coming (dialogue only)

Despite their natural reserve and seeming unfriendliness, Russians are well-known for throwing exuberant parties. The backstage of the festivities can be stressful and chaotic, but the result is always delicious. Our lesson will provide you with some m...
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11.08.2013

Kings of the road (dialogue only)

A car with its flashers on rushes onto the wrong lane, crashing into someone who wasn't paying enough attention and who then is blamed for the accident. This is not a scary road movie, this is Moscow reality. But who's the real culprit? Was it the ambu...
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11.08.2013

Meeting with a car (dialogue only)

Here you are, driving to an important meeting in Moscow. You're almost there – but whose car is parked there, blocking your way? We'll find it out in this lesson, together with the discussion of Russian parking habits and some useful words you have to ...
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29.07.2013

Dodging the draft (dialogue only)

There are many concerns on a young Russian man's mind, like: "Why did my girlfriend leave me?" or "Where can I get more money?" or "What am I doing with my life?" But very often they are overshadowed by another one: "How can I avoid the draft?" In Russ...
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29.07.2013

Job Interview (dialogue only)

Prepare to get some goose bumps: We're going to a job-interview. Thankfully, it's someone else's future on the line: Let's see whether he's got the necessary qualifications to be a journalist and whether he'll get the position. That'll also give us a c...
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25.07.2013

Grandmas and grandsons (dialogue only)

Who's gossiping there on a bench near our house entrance? Of course, it's the grannies – or babushkas. And what would they discuss more gladly than their pride and joy – their grandchildren! Let's listen and find out more about babushkas and their role...
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28.06.2013

A friend in need (dialogue only)

When you're down, when life sucks, or when your boyfriend has dumped you, nobody can console or support you better than your best friend. True friends might be brutally honest with you, but they'll never let you down and always lend a hand when needed ...
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28.06.2013

Planes, Trains, and May Day (dialogue only)

May Day, May Day! These words would never cause alarm in Russia: On the contrary, the first days of May are the best time for having fun and travelling around, because the whole start of May is like one long weekend in Russia. In today's lesson, you'll...
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28.06.2013

Being a real man (dialogue only)

Men and women – it's a miracle that they can co-exist at all, considering how often they want different things and how many different opinions they have about one another and each other's duties and obligations. Still, it often works out somehow – let'...
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24.06.2013

Indispensable ushanka (dialogue only)

It's not a stereotype: Russians do wear ushankas, or ear-flapped hats, a lot. And confronted with a serious Russian winter, you would, too. But an ushanka is not only great against sub-zero temperatures; it's also a fashion statement. Our lesson will i...
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15.05.2013

Destination Baikal (dialogue only)

If you're still undecided about your next vacation trip, how about Lake Baikal – one of Russia's greatest natural treasures of legendary purity and beauty? Admittedly, it's not easy getting there, and it is quite unlike the usual holiday resort with al...
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21.04.2013

Leaving Moscow (dialogue only)

Where is the "real" Russia? Some people firmly believe that the one and only place to live in Russia is Moscow. Others think that Moscow isn't really Russia at all. In today's dialog, we'll witness someone's life choice between these two options, and h...
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20.04.2013

MMM: Mysteriously Missing Money (dialogue only)

What's better? Stuffing your savings into a mattress, or investing it in a profitable venture? Obviously, the thought of having your money work for you is appealing. Lots of Russians felt the same way and so bought shares in MMM – Russia's greatest fin...
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19.04.2013

On the road (dialogue only)

Russians love their cars and fast driving, but their relationship to Russian roads is much more complicated. "On the road again…" – many Russians dread such a perspective. The many reasons for this can all be found in our lesson, so let's start our eng...
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17.04.2013

The troubles of Russian football (dialogue only)

One of the best conversation starters with a Russian male (and often female) of any age is football. By football, we mean soccer – the only kind of football as far as Russians are concerned, and the sport nearest their hearts. Our lesson will help you ...
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19.03.2013

Going to the ballet (dialogue only)

If you are planning to go out in Moscow, classic ballet at the Bolshoi theatre is certainly a number-one destination. Musicals come and go, but the Russian ballet with its classic pas de deux has always been a part of the national heritage and is still...
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16.03.2013

Reading Dostoevsky (dialogue only)

Have you read Dostoevsky? Even though many Russians haven't, they nevertheless all agree that he is the most influential and famous Russian writer ever. That is, if one doesn't count his eternal rival, Leo Tolstoy, of course. In today's lesson, you'll ...
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27.02.2013

Women's day in Russia (dialogue only)

March 8th – International Women's day – is widely celebrated in Russia. However, this holiday is not about the rights and freedoms of women. As you'll find out in our lesson, it's more about flowers, and presents, and a cake – and women don't seem to m...
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27.02.2013

I love Russian (dialogue only)

Learning a foreign language can be difficult at times: You start with such enthusiasm, and then all those new words and rules seem to pile up. But persevere, and you'll have a breakthrough. Many have been through this stage already – look at our dialog...
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27.02.2013

Greetings from the Traffic Police (dialogue only)

Surely you, dear listener, are one of those drivers who have never broken any traffic rules in their entire life. Even so you're not safe from the Russian traffic police and their fines: They have to fill their quota, after all, that's why they'll some...
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27.02.2013

Village life (dialogue only)

Granny's pies are fresh from the oven, kebabs are emanating heavenly smells, the sunset is perfect – at times like this, there seems to be no better place than a Russian village. Up until the moment when you have to trek to the faraway outhouse while b...
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31.01.2013

Polar Night (dialogue only)

Would you like to live in a place where the night sometimes lasts for more than a month? Exotic as it may sound, there are several big Russian cities where the polar night is a part of everyday life. Let's listen to a telephone conversation with one su...
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31.01.2013

Grandfather Frost (dialogue only)

Did you know that Russians not only have their own Santa Claus, but that he also comes not at Christmas time, but on New Year's Eve instead? And not late at night through the chimney, but right through the front door to your happy kids? Come and greet ...
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31.01.2013

Cops and robbers (dialogue only)

In Russia, it's sometimes hard to say who you have to beware of more, hooligans or policemen. The rule of thumb here is to keep away from both of them. Let's see whether our dialog's hero followed this rule, and discuss some police-related topics as we...
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28.01.2013

The Speckled Hen Tale (dialogue only)

Sit back, listen carefully, and let us tell you a story – and not just any story, but the most famous of Russian children's fairy-tales: Speckled Hen. Maybe it's not the most exciting or the cutest of all tales, but it's definitely one of the most enig...
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24.01.2013

Comrade, can you spare a dime? (dialogue only)

Beggars are a sad part of every city in the world, and Russia is no exception. On the contrary, the populace of panhandlers is so vast and multifaceted that one can talk about a separate complex subculture – or sub-society. In this lesson we'll get to ...
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20.01.2013

Office in a former factory (dialogue only)

Today, we're going to visit a factory. But wait, it's not a factory anymore – it has been converted into museums, offices, recording studios, shops and what not – and everything is available for rent. That is, if you don't mind funky neighbors or the w...
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18.01.2013

Calling from Yakutsk (dialogue only)

You have to be tough to live in Yakutia – not only because it's one of the Russia's coldest regions, but also because the rest of the country doesn't seem to understand how unusual it really is. Let's find out more about it in this lesson.In the gramma...
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14.01.2013

Russian Time Zones (dialogue only)

Russia's vastness has its drawbacks: While one business partner is getting up, his client has already gone to bed – a not-uncommon situation that can make business dealings a real headache. No wonder that Russians are infamous for their lack of punctua...
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12.01.2013

Going Postal (dialogue only)

Today's lesson is a cautionary tale about Russia's state postal service – "Почта России." Unfortunate, but true: The Russian Postal Service is nothing to write home about. Let's take a closer look at its weaknesses and find ways around them.You have to...
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24.12.2012

The wine must go on (dialogue only)

What's a romantic rendezvous without sufficient quantities of alcohol to accompany it? At least that's what some people - like our dialog's hero - firmly believe in. They are even ready to put their date "on hold" while they run out and get more drinks...
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22.12.2012

What a wedding! (dialogue only)

It's  a wedding day today – for some, the most important day of their lives; for others, a happy opportunity to gossip gleefully about the bride's looks and the groom's faults. Let's join in on the celebrations – or at least on the gossip – and learn m...
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9.12.2012

Where babushkas are (dialogue only)

Let's sit down on a bench and listen to Russian babushkas talk. One can find out lots of things while eavesdropping on old ladies – from the latest gossip to the inflation rates and the most precise weather forecasts.Not only will babushkas inform us a...
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8.12.2012

The Case of a Stolen Wallet (dialogue only)

Today's lesson takes us to a Russian police station: An unlucky father has to report the loss of his wallet – and if only that! But at least we can learn something useful from his misfortune: How to talk to the police in such emergencies, and what step...
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30.10.2012

What a waste! (dialogue only)

Recycling garbage? What is that for? Generally speaking, Russians aren't familiar with the concept and are quite perplexed when confronted with it. Like the hero of our dialog who's visiting friends abroad and honestly can't understand the purpose of t...
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27.10.2012

Missing lunch (dialogue only)

Let's drop by at a Russian office – it's lunch time, so how about sharing a tasty snack? But wait: While someone is happily filling his belly, his colleague is still searching for her lunch in the corporate fridge. It's gone! Who could possibly be the ...
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27.10.2012

Olympic fever (dialogue only)

Would you rather hang out at a bar or go to a hockey match? Some Russians wouldn't miss a big sports event for anything – even if it's much more expensive than a wild night in a pub. One such event is certainly the impending Olympic Games 2014 in the B...
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27.10.2012

Puttin' on your face (dialogue only)

Getting ready to go out can turn into a very slow process if your "significant other" attaches too much importance to her good looks – and thus also to her make-up and clothes. Let's be patient with such girls: They're only trying to make the world a p...
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27.10.2012

Maslenitsa – Butter Week (dialogue only)

In Russia, the winter season – and especially Maslenitsa, Russian Carnival week - is a season of pancakes. No one can resist Russian pancakes filled with caviar and eaten with mead – except maybe some extremely health-conscious fitness addicts.In today...
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1.06.2012

The early bird gets the worm (dialogue only)

Доброе утро! Good morning! Some of us enjoy rising early and starting the day with the birdies, but for the larger part of humanity it's an everyday torture. Just like for the hero of today's dialog: At tough times like these, even coffee doesn't help....
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31.05.2012

Vacation plans (dialogue only)

Summer is nearing, so it's high time to plan our next vacation! There are so many places to see around the world, but the sad key question is usually: What will our purse allow? In this lesson, we'll listen to dialog characters watching a travel show o...
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31.05.2012

Three stations (dialogue only)

Moscow is an awesome city full of architectural surprises. For instance, here is this impressive square – Комсомольская площадь. It seems to be filled with magnificent castles and cathedrals, or isn't it? Actually, all those buildings are railway stati...
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30.05.2012

Wish Fish (dialogue only)

Choosing presents can sometimes be very tricky, especially if you're searching for something suitable for two people who get along with each other like cats and dogs. In such cases, it often looks like only the Golden Fish can help you – one that fulfi...
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17.05.2012

How to fix the sink (dialogue only)

Oh dear, the sink is clogged again. Calling the plumber is the last option in Russia: God knows when he'll finally come and in what condition. That's why our heroes are trying to repair the sink themselves. Let's see how successful they are and what to...
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17.05.2012

How he met her mother (dialogue only)

Young love – isn't it romantic? Not if you are the mother who has to confront an unknown guy whom her daughter is going to "shack up" with. If only he'd been well-behaved and civilized, that is, knew at least how to address his potential mom-in-law pro...
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17.05.2012

What's for breakfast? (dialogue only)

Feeding a kid is never easy, and in Russia it can be a real challenge. Russian kids usually hate traditional Russian kids' meals like porridge and soup. Let's try these dishes, too – maybe they are not as bad as we Russians thought as children.While ta...
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15.05.2012

No more 1990s (dialogue only)

Russian business isn't always clean and fair. Why is the businessman in our dialog going crazy? Because his former partner is refusing to pay him back, and is afraid neither of the tax agency, nor even of a legal suit. These businessmen of today! Life ...
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15.05.2012

Sleep, little one, go to sleep (dialogue only)

It's beddy-buy time! Well, obviously not for us grown-ups. Instead, let's stay up and learn a famous lullaby loved by generations of Russian kids. It was also used as a cover song of the first Russian kids' TV-show Goodnight, Little Ones. See if you ca...
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10.05.2012

Lada's Last Stand (dialogue only)

Bad news awaits us in today's lesson: A car crash is never fun. But wait a minute, are we talking about a Soviet-era Zhiguli here? In this case, a car crash might be a blessing in disguise. Let's find out why in this lesson, and have a look at cars and...
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