On this page you will find useful links, informing you about current events regarding Russia or helping you to practice Russian. We have provided a selection of links and free or easily accessible resources to help you either in your studies or with language learning. This list is constantly being updated! Do you have links that you want to share with your fellow students? Send them to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Duolingo has a good basic Russian language course for both beginners and people wanting to brush up their skills.
Memrise has two Russian programs as well as a large collection of exercises focussing on individual aspects of grammar and vocabulary.
Teach2000 is a free program that allows you to create vocabulary lists to your specifications and train yourself in a variety of ways.
Wrts allows you to train vocabulary and has several lists created by students of Russian at Leiden.
Академик is a collection of dictionaries that you can scan through en masse. Great if you need to find an obscure or archaic word!
The website of professor Jos Schaeken has a selection of grammar exercises (sadly only available in Dutch).
The website Russisch in Rusland has a quick pronunciation guide for the Russian alphabet.
General academic information
Professor Jos Schaeken’s website has documents on the transliteration of Cyrillic into several languages and a manual for writing an essay on Slavic linguistics (the main part of the document on Cyrillic does not require Dutch, the manual sadly does).
A competitor of our beloved university, the RUG, has a relatively complete guide on academic writing.
If you are looking for academic articles, reviews, or extracts from books in Russian, Cyberleninka is a good place to start.