So, you've been learning Russian for a while, and you understand the basics. You know that reading is vital to a new language, and you want to take that next step.
Trouble is, you can't find anything interesting at your level. Instead, you're stuck with boring study passages or texts that are simply too hard to read.
Fortunately, I have just the books for you:
These short stories are written with learners like you in mind. In this article, I'll show you exactly what you'll find in them, and why they'll speed you on your way to mastering the next stage in your language learning journey.
Why You Should Learn Through Short Stories
Many people have never considered reading short stories to learn Russian. Some don't even believe it's possible.
However, after many years of studying and teaching languages, I've realised that something magical happens when you base the learning in stories.
Suddenly, vocabulary, grammar and comprehension become fun, because stories hook you in and make you forget that you're actually studying.
Instead, you find yourself immersed in a book that you can't put down. “Just to the end of the page…” you murmur; or… “I'll do it after I finish this next chapter.”
And why can't you stop reading? Because these are tales you can understand. Sure, there are a few words you haven't met before, but somehow you know what they mean. All the vocab you do know carries you through.
This is called learning in context. It's one of three fundamental reasons why stories are so effective when you're learning Russian. They are:
- Meaning – it's so much easier to understand and follow a series of related events in a story than in a set of exercises. That's why fiction is great for language learning.
- Emotion – Stories engage you emotionally, and that kicks your brain cells into gear. It's easier to remember what you've learned if your feelings, as well as your interest, are involved.
- Context – As I mentioned, you're learning new vocabulary and grammar concepts naturally, in the context of a gripping yarn.
Stories remove the need for many classroom study techniques. Instead, you'll find the day-to-day experience of language learning to be rich and fulfilling; quite unlike anything you've tried in the past.
Imagine the sense of achievement you'll feel when you find you can read a real book in your new language.
Introducing… Short Stories In Russian
I've published two short story books in Russian:
- Short Stories In Russian For Beginners
- Short Stories In Russian For Intermediate Learners
In these one-of-a-kind books, I use my unique StoryLearning® method to teach you Russian naturally — the same way children pick it up — through repeated and meaningful exposure to everyday words and grammar.
We've written eight, captivating stories for each book; from science fiction to history, thriller to crime, there's plenty of variety to keep you interested.
And every story is written at the right level for you to read now.
The beginner book has been written especially for students from beginner to intermediate level (A2-B1 on the Common European Framework of Reference).
The Intermediate book is aimed at students at a low-intermediate to intermediate level (B1-B2 of the Common European Framework of Reference).
This way, you read at your level and focus on pure enjoyment without feeling overwhelmed by regularly meeting words you don't understand.
The result is that reading Russian becomes easy and fun instead of frustrating and demanding.
What's Included In “Short Stories in Russian?”
From start to finish, I've carefully designed these books to be easy to use so you can get the most out of them. What's more, you'll find it easy to read them often, giving the repetition that your brain needs to master a new language.
Here's what you'll find inside:
- Pleasurable practice – stories designed for your beginner or intermediate level let you spend more time reading and less time with your nose in the dictionary.
- Authentic spoken dialogues bring in Russian conversational expressions to help improve your speaking ability even when you're reading.
- Chapter summaries and comprehension questions; these invaluable aids guide you through each story, allowing you to follow the plot and ensuring you're ready for the next chapter.
- Controlled language at your level to help you progress confidently between levels. The beginner book includes the 1,000 most frequent words in Russian. The intermediate book features thousands more!
- Accessible grammar so that you can absorb new language structures naturally.
- Vocabulary lists let you quickly check on unfamiliar words without interrupting your flow.
- Beautifully hand-drawn illustrations embed the stories in your memory.
But what if you want to practice your Russian listening while you read? We've got you covered there, too with high-quality new audio recordings to accompany each book. (Sold separately)
There's even a handy Interactive app, so now you can read, listen and learn all at the same time. Whether you're at home or out and about, your Russian short stories are right there, whenever you need them.
About The Author
In case you’re new here, let me introduce myself. My name is Olly Richards and I’m a language educator, author and polyglot from the UK, who speaks 8 languages.
I’ve created dozens of critically acclaimed language courses and published a best-selling series of short story books in sixteen languages.
I’ve also been featured widely in international press from the BBC to the Independent, and am a regular speaker at international language events.
What Do Readers Say About These Short Story Books?
Students from around the globe love learning with my short story books. But don’t take my word for it.
Here’s how readers describe the experience of learning with short stories:
Language Teachers Love These Short Story Books Too
As you can see, language learners around the world love learning with Short Stories in Russian. But they’re not the only ones…
Language teachers often tell me how much they enjoy using these stories in their lessons because they make learning fun and minimise all those hours of stressful lesson prep.
Supplementary teaching materials are available to accompany these books for teachers who want quick, easy, and engaging supplementary materials for their lessons.
If you’re a teacher, click here to find out more.
Short Stories In Russian: A Great Way To Learn Fast & Have Fun!
As you can see, reading short stories in Russian is one of the best things you can do to improve your language skills.
And best of all… it allows you to learn the language in a fun and natural way, without memorising long lists of words and grammar rules.
So what are you waiting for?
Head on over to Amazon or your favourite local bookshop and grab your copy of my Russian short story books now!
Click the link below to purchase your copy (available in Kindle & Paperback):