Russian as a foreign language

Russian as a foreign language classes in the heart of Saint Petersburg

The time to break through your learning plateau has finally come! We are here to help you climb the Russian language ladder and make real, consistent and steady progress. At International Language Academy (ILA), we use the most effective teaching methods, styles and approaches to see how they might work for you and help you achieve any language-learning goals much faster. We offer our students a wide range of Russian as a foreign language classes for any level and need.

Whether you are ready to deal with group work or want to attend individual lessons, we can fulfil any of your requests. And if you want to move from beginner to advanced learner, we know exactly how to help you – that’s why we have created various Russian Intensive Programs and offer you our full-immersion language course. ILA is located in the heart of St. Petersburg and literally surrounded by history of our beautiful country with its edifices and monumental architecture. It is the best learning environment for those who are really interested in our culture and want to start speaking one of the richest languages in the world.

Learn Russian as a foreign language with the help of native speakers

We are talking not just about our perfectly planned, grammar and vocabulary-focused course for international students, but also about the fact that you are going to meet and stay with locals. While you are learning Russian as a foreign language in St. Petersburg, you are also going to see the city’s most impressive sights including the Hermitage, the State Russian Museum, the Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood, etc. And we have really good news for you – those sights are not so far from our language school.

Our language programs run all year round and may be tailored to your needs also you can choose the proper schedule. Our courses are based on principles of good practice, so that any of the students will be prepared for active Russian language use by the end of their study. Our students will definitely benefit from the fact that we refer to the CEFR (Common European Framework of Reference).

The cost of courses of Russian as a foreign language (individual lessons)
From 09.00 to 17.00From 17.00 to 21.00
1 600 R / 1 academic hour1 800 R / 1 academic hour

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I can’t read the alphabet, how I can speak the language!

While learning the Russian language, many students get frustrated with the number of letters and sounds. The existence of such letters as «ы», «ь»,«ъ»,«ж»,«щ»,«ш» complicates the learning process. Phonetic exercises and articulation exercises when pronouncing the unfamiliar sounds help learners to pronounce and understand the need for these new letters in the alphabet.

Why does писАть mean to write but пИсать means something else?

As soon as learners overcome the hurdle of multi consonant words, for example, “здравствуйте” or “добрый день” they are confronted with the frustrating situation of irregular stress patterns in Russian words. Besides the general rules that can be learned in class, such as unstressed vowels are not pronounced as distinctly as stressed vowels, learners are taught to understand the melody of thelanguage.

Everyone seems really angry

When you don’t understand the language, it might seem that people are shouting and arguing all the time. In linguistics there is such a thing as paralinguistic semiotics. These are symbolic manifestations that affect not only speech, but they embody distance between speakers and facial expressions. The semiotics of different languages differ from language to language. In the lessons students learn not only grammar and phonetic features of the language, but also how to pitch and read nonverbal language which is important for effective communication.

There are too many different word endings

Changes at the end of words, for example, conjugations, have caused problems for generations of Russian language learners. Then there are the numerous exceptions which can cause some learners further difficulty. Yet, even in this long list of rules and exceptions, learners can come to grips with the case system to learn the end of nouns, adjectives, and verbs.

There are too many verbs to mean to go

Verbs with prefixes «переехать», «не доехать», «приехать», «поехать», «заехать», «заглянуть» and so on – are usually learned at an advanced level of proficiency, but the study of these prefixes according to the procedure adopted by ILA, helps master these verbs of motion earlier in the learning process.

Russians have too many contradictory phrases, for example “Да нет, наверное”, “Да нет”

In the Russian language, there are a huge number of expressions that further understanding of written and spoken text, beyond the knowledge of all the rules and nuances. Students learn this important chunk of language separately as syntactical phraseology. Moreover, due to the fact that the classes are taught by professional linguists, whose native language is Russian, the unusual expressions can not only be explained linguistically, learners can also understand the cultural who, where, why, when and how to apply them.

Full-immersion Russian as a foreign language course is you secret to speaking clearly and confidently

We are ready to fight stereotypes about the Russian language and we hope you will do it together with us. We will show you that learning Russian is easy and pleasant. Thanks to ILA unique methods and perfect lesson plans, we will help you understand all the rules and nuances in the most entertaining way – a 100 % guarantee that you can learn Russian fast and easy!