Russian Nouns

Russian nouns. In Russian there is no article. Russian nouns decline by gender, number and case. Learn to decline Russian nouns.

Basic words and phrases in Russian

Learn Russian online: Basic Russian words and phrases with audio samples help you learn speaking Russian. Learn to say "Hello" in Russian and more.

8 March - International Women's Day

In today’s Russia International Women’s Day has nothing to do with the feminist movement for protection of women’s political rights. On this day women enjoy being taken care of by their men and children.

Kvass – a refreshing and healthy bread drink

In Russia kvass (russ.: квас) has been one of the most popular beverages for centuries, and with good reason. Kvass improves digestion and boosts metabolism. It helps prevent infections and keep the heart and circulatory system healthy. Kvass simply makes one feel better as it contains lots of vitamins, free amino acids, micro elements and lactic acid. In the past almost everyone in Russia used to make their own kvass. Monks, farmers, doctors, noblemen and even solders left us plenty of recipes. At that time every sour drink was called kvass. It was brewed of fruit, berries or honey with herbs and spices, and also of bread. When people hear the word \"kvass\" today they usually think of a bread drink that has a pleasant sour taste and bread flavour. In Russia you can buy bottled kvass in many supermarkets. But homemade kvass tastes completely different. Just try and find out!

Shashlik – easy basic marinade

Barbecue and grilling are widely popular in Russia. Most of the time the Russians enjoy Caucasian style shashlik. The main difference to European or western style barbecue is the size of meat pieces. In the Caucasus, small pieces of meat and vegetables are thread onto long metal skewers. This reduces the cooking time and allows preparing the main and the side dish at the same time. It is important not to pack the skewers too tightly. Otherwise the meat will not be cooked through. Especially kids love to bite juicy meat pieces right off skewers.

Calling Russia: Country and area codes

The country code for Russia is ++7 To call Russia, dial: ++7 - area code - fixed subscriber number ++7 - mobile number (++ is replaced with the exit code of the country you are calling from, usually "00") Codes of regional centres have three digits. Codes of smaller towns consist of five digits with […]

Pea Soup

The pea soup is very popular in Russia. According to the Russian recipe, the pea soup is cooked with dried green peas and smoked meat, which gives it an intense spicy flavor. Unlike in other countries, the Russian pea soup is not pureed. The hearty pea soup is perfect on a cold winter day. To serve: Cut black bread into small slices, rub it with freshly squeezed garlic and roast in the oven or in a pan.


Rassolnik is a salty sour soup. In Russia cucumber brine was used as a base for various dishes already in the Middle Ages. The main difference between brine-based dishes is the amount and concentration of the brine. The most popular brine-based dishes are Solyanka and Rassolnik. Rassolnik is a mild soup. It can be made only of vegetables or with giblets (chicken liver, gizzard and heart) as well as with beef or veal innards. If you add meat, choose lean beef. The proper combination of herbs is very important for Rassolnik. Rassolnik shouldn’t taste too sour or salty. It is necessary to get the right proportion between neutral vegetables (carrots, beets, etc.) and salty ingredients (cucumber pickles and brine).

Matryoshka (Babushka) Eggs

Nesting doll Matryoshka is one of the most recognizable symbols of Russia. This funny appetizer is not only delicious, but also decorative and gives a party a Russian touch. To arrange the boiled eggs and decorate them as Matryoshka, carefully cut off at the wide end. For a sophisticate variation the eyes can be made of caviar.