Очень по-русски (Russian Audio Podcast – Listen and Learn Real Russian)

While browsing the HTLAL forum, I came across a Russian podcast I was unfamiliar with. Called Очень по-русски, it focuses on “REAL Russian language: slang, common expressions, idioms and even swearwords.” Here’s a bit more from the About page:

This site aims to fill this gap at least a little and to overcome this unfortunate injustice. Russian slang, idioms, common expressions – I share with you the Russian language, which you will not find in standard textbooks. The language that I hear every day, that I and people around me speak every day. There are also expressions that I personally do not use and do not advise you to use – rudeness and swearing are not the best ways to communicate. But they are also a part of my native language and therefore they are here.

New podcast episodes are published every Monday and Thursday.

Most episodes are around two minutes long, and a full transcript is provided for each one. Certainly worth checking out, particularly for intermediate to advanced learners.

By |2012-12-18T17:01:11+00:00December 18th, 2012|Language Learning|5 Comments


  1. Rob December 19, 2012 at 7:40 am - Reply

    I’ve also been trying to dust off the Russian – you could also check out http://nclrc.org/webcasts/russian/ . It’s an ugly enough site, but the content is golden!

    • Josh December 19, 2012 at 8:20 am - Reply


      Yeah, I’m actually familiar with that one; I blogged about it ages ago here. As you said, it’s not particularly easy on the eyes, but it’s a goldmine of content. I was excited about Очень по-русски since it focuses on everyday language.

      What courses (if any) have you used for your Russian?

      • Rob January 4, 2013 at 4:29 am - Reply

        I used to live in Russia way back when, and relied on a book called The Penguin Russian Course. It’s good, but pretty dry… Living there, I had plenty of opportunity for practise and real life communication, so got a good mix of input. I think it’s a good enough course, but knowing what I know now, I don’t think it would be my first port of call

  2. Natalie December 19, 2012 at 4:12 pm - Reply

    Hi Josh, thanks so much for posting this! I am learning Russian and consider myself to be an advanced student, so this will definitely be helpful for me.

    • Josh December 20, 2012 at 9:42 am - Reply

      I’m glad it will be of use to you! Best of luck in your studies.

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