I was just poking around online, looking for some Russian language podcasts, when I remembered A Spoonful of Russian. I had checked out the podcast probably a year ago, but never really went anywhere with it. Now that I’m learning Russian, it’s nice to have remembered the site.
Natalia, the maker of the podcast, has added a few new things to her offerings, namely video lessons showing how to write the Russian (Cyrillic) letters in cursive. She hasn’t quite finished the entire alphabet just yet, but has a large amount of it completed. Here are links to the videos and the letters which each video contains:
- Lesson 15 (Letter “A”)
- Lesson 16 (Letters “Б,В,Г”)
- Lesson 17 (Letters “Д,Е,Ё,Ж”)
- Lesson 18 (Letters “З,И”)
- Lesson 19 (Letters “Й,К,Л,М,Н”)
- Lesson 20 (Letters “О,П,Р,С,Т”)
- Lesson 21 (Letters “У,Ф,Х,Ц,Ч”)
The only letters which she needs to cover at this point are Ш, Щ, Ь, Ы, Ъ, Э, Ю, and Я.
There are also a lot of other handy resources at A Spoonful of Russian. There’s this MP3 file of Natalia going through the Russian alphabet (i.e., what the letters are called – the KGB is NOT pronounced “Kay Jee Bee”!) To make things simpler (and to save myself a bit of work), I’ll just point you to Natalia’s download page to get to the rest of the goodies. At that link, you’ll find dialogues from the podcasts, songs, lyrics, a cursive writing workbook that you can download… lots and lots of free goodies. As an added bonus, Natalia clearly knows how to record things well – all of the audio has excellent sound quality, with little to no background noise.