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Russian learning apps

Russian basic course

Test winner of the language learning apps

Systems: Software for download (PC, Mac), including Android and iPhone learning app

Suitable for: Beginners, advanced, pupils, students, profession and business

Scope: 1300 words (basic course), 5200 words (complete package), grammar, exercises

Prices: EUR 29.95 (basic rate), EUR 97 (complete package)

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The Russian basic course consists of a vocabulary trainer for basic Russian vocabulary (1300 words) with voice output, as well as grammar explanations and numerous exercises.

The vocabulary trainer works with a long-term memory method in which the new words are queried at increasing intervals.

You can choose between text entry, multiple choice or simply confirming whether you knew the word or not.

During the exercises in the learning app, there are questions about text comprehension, dictations, filling in word gaps or simply vocabulary lists in which the German or Russian side is hidden.

The basic course corresponds to the official language levels A1 and A2 (declaration of the CEFR language levels).

The Russian complete package contains:

  • Basic course for beginners (basic vocabulary with 1300 words)
  • Advanced course for advanced learners (1800 additional words)
  • Specialized vocabulary for experts (2100 words)
  • Additional special vocabulary
  • Covers the official CEFR language levels A1 to C2

Conclusion: Very good Russian learning program or learning app. With a one-time payment instead of a subscription, it is even cheaper than other language learning apps after a few months. 30-day money-back guarantee.

Link:Russian basic course and complete package


Rosetta Stone App

The most famous Russian learning app

Rosetta Stone is without a doubt the most famous name among software language courses and language learning apps:

Systems: Learning app for Android and iPhones, online version (PC and Mac)

Suitable for: Beginners, advanced, students, profession and business

Scope: Russian vocabulary trainer with speech recognition, multimedia

Prices: EUR 34 (3 months without Tutor) EUR 69 (3 months With Tutor)

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How does learning Russian work with the Rosetta Stone learning app?

At Rosetta Stone you should learn the language like a child - by combining pictures with hearing, speaking and reading.

Specifically, there are the following exercises in each lesson:

  • Repeating Russian vocabulary correctly (speech recognition)
  • Click on the correct picture when reading or listening to the Russian vocabulary
  • Click on the correct Russian word for a picture
  • Type a spoken Russian word in Russian (Russian keyboard appears on the screen), etc.

The big disadvantage of the Rosetta Stone learning app is that there are no grammar explanations or translations of the Russian vocabulary.

The grammar and the meanings of the words have to be understood from the context or recognized in the pictures.

Conclusion: Proven method, but not suitable for everyone due to the lack of translations and grammar explanations.

Link:Rosetta Stone full course subscriptions (30% discount with this link)


Babbel Russian course

Test winner of the Russian learning apps

Systems: Android and iOS learning app, online version (PC and Mac)

Suitable for: Beginners, advanced, pupils, students, profession

Scope: Vocabulary trainer with speech output and speech recognition, grammar, exercises

Prices: free of charge (initial lessons), EUR 9.95 (1 month subscription), EUR 59 (12 month subscription)

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The Babbel tutorial works in a similar way to Rosetta Stone.

Here, too, emphasis is placed on the visual connection of images with listening, reading and writing. Babbel has voice output just like Rosetta Stone and Voice recognition.

Advantages of the Babbel language learning app over Rosetta Stone:

  • Classic explanation of grammar (Rosetta Stone doesn't have)
  • German translations of the words are also displayed
  • Classic vocabulary trainer is included with Babbel
  • The price of the Babbel learning app is lower

Babbel is the most widely used language learning app in Germany.

There is a 20 day money back guarantee, even with the 1 month subscription. The Android, iPhone and web versions have over a million users.

Conclusion: Babbel combines many of the advantages of Rosetta Stone and even eliminates its disadvantages. Highly Recommended!


Mondly learning app

Learn Russian in a playful way

Systems: Android and iOS learning app, online version (PC and Mac)

Suitable for: Beginners, advanced, schoolchildren, students, travel

Scope: Vocabulary trainer with voice output, playful exercises, grammar

Prices: free (initial lessons), EUR 9.99 (1 month and 1 language), EUR 47.99 (12 months and access to all 41 languages)

Special offer: EUR 99 (lifetime access to all 41 languages)

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The Mondly learning program is a fun way to learn Russian with a series of interactive exercises.

This Russian learning app offers the following:

  • Russian vocabulary trainer with 5000 words
  • 40 freely selectable topics to study
  • 1300 Russian lessons
  • Conversation trainer for everyday conversations
  • There is even a virtual reality version of the learning app
Mondly has around 45 million users worldwide. This language learning app scores with 41 source languages ​​and 41 target languages.

Conclusion: Mondly is very similar to the Babbel app and is at least equal in quality to it.


MosaLingua Russian

The affordable vocabulary trainer app

Systems: Android and iOS learning app, online version (PC and Mac)

Suitable for: Beginners, pupils, students, travelers

Scope: Russian vocabulary trainer with speech output, most important grammar

Prices: free of charge (test version), EUR 5.49 (vocabulary trainer app), EUR 59 (12 months subscription for the web version)

Price-performance:

The Russian app from Mosalingua is basically a pure vocabulary trainer app with limited functions:

  • 2000 vocabulary with voice output from native speakers.
  • The grammar of the learning app is limited to the 20% that is most commonly used in practice.
The Web version from Mosalingua has much more content, more extensive functions and costs more (annual subscription):
  • Access to 7 languages ​​(instead of just one as in the inexpensive app)
  • All grammar explanations (instead of just 20%)
  • Up to 6,000 words per language (instead of just 2,000 words)
  • Library of ebooks, audio books and videos in the 7 languages
The Russian learning app and the web version both have speech output, but no speech recognition.

Conclusion: A solid Russian language learning app, however just for beginners. The web version is rather average (no speech recognition, etc.)


Lingodeer language learning app

English learning app for learning Russian

Systems: Android and iOS learning app, online version (PC and Mac)

Suitable for: Beginners, advanced, schoolchildren, students, travel

Scope: Russian lessons with speech output and speech recognition, vocabulary, grammar

Prices: USD 12 (1 month), USD 60 (12 months), USD 99 (unlimited)

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The Lingodeer learning program only has English as the language of instruction.

This Russian learning app has extensive functions:

  • Russian vocabulary trainer, lessons, exercises, quiz tests, etc.
  • Russian voice acting and Speech recognition for practicing correct pronunciation.
  • You can even choose between several speakers.
  • Very good grammar explanations, much better than in most other Russian learning apps.
  • Covers the beginner and intermediate levels A1-B1.
  • Internal user community (native speakers) can provide pronunciation feedback.
  • You can download the learning app and completely offline use.
The playful exercises and "achievements" make learning Russian more interesting and motivating ("gamification").

Conclusion: The Lingodeer language learning app scores with high quality: very good grammar explanations, varied exercises, speech recognition.


LingQ learning app

Innovative method that is fun

Systems: Android and iOS learning app, online version (PC and Mac)

Suitable for: Beginners, advanced, pupils, students, profession

Scope: Russian lessons, import of texts with browser extension, vocabulary trainer

Price: USD 10 (1 month subscription)

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The LingQ learning software is basically a translation program in which, in addition to the included lessons any one Russian text can be imported online.

  • The The heart of the learning app is the fact that any word in the text can be clicked to view a translation.
  • Clicking on the Russian word also means that this word will be added to your own vocabulary list.
  • The vocabulary list is also the Vocabulary trainerwhere you can specify how often these words should be queried.
  • LingQ has its own browser extension for Firefox, Safari and Chrome for importing texts (including ebooks).
  • Unfortunately, grammar lessons are missing, so this learning app will not be enough for learning Russian on its own.
LingQ also contains a large selection of videos and podcasts, the texts of which appear next to the video or podcast - so that every word can be clicked on and saved here as well.

Conclusion: Very interesting way to learn vocabulary on any topic. However, for Russian grammar and conjugations you need other learning apps.


Memrise language learning app

Learning app with user-generated lessons

Systems: Android and iPhone learning apps, online version (PC and Mac)

Suitable for: Beginners, advanced, schoolchildren, students, travel

Scope: Russian lessons, vocabulary trainer with speech output, grammar

Prices: EUR 8.99 (1 month), EUR 60 (12 months), EUR 110 (unlimited)

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The Memrise app offers lessons and vocabulary trainers for learning a total of 21 languages, including Russian.

The special thing about the Memrise learning app are the relatively large number of lessons created by users (native speakers) depending on the language.

The quality of these lessons is very different. Usually only the basic forms of the verbs are taught, without the conjugations. Speech output is also missing for some Russian vocabulary.

Another good idea of ​​the Memrise learning app are the tips and donkey bridges created by users for each word to help you memorize the words.

Conclusion: User-generated lessons are a good idea. In practice, however, the quality of the lessons leaves a lot to be desired.


Busuu learning app

Not really recommended

Systems: Android and iPhone learning apps, online version (PC and Mac)

Suitable for: Beginners, advanced, schoolchildren, students, travel

Scope: Russian lessons, vocabulary trainer with speech output, grammar

Prices: EUR 9.99 (1 month), EUR 69 (12 months)

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The Busuu app for learning Russian requires knowledge of English, as it only has English as the language of instruction.

  • Busuu is a language learning app for a total of 12 languages.
  • With this app you can learn Russian at a beginner or intermediate level (A1-B2). The expert levels C1-C2 are not included.
  • The Busuu app has Russian lessons with voice output and images (no voice recognition), as well as a vocabulary trainer.
  • This learning app can be used in offline mode.
  • The special thing about the Busuu language learning app is a kind of internal social network where you can correct each other.
Unfortunately, the grammar explanations are not so good here and the lessons are strangely structured (difficult words before simpler ones).

Conclusion: The poorest quality of the tested Russian learning apps.


Duolingo language learning app

Learn Russian in a playful way

Systems: Android and iPhone learning apps, online version (PC and Mac)

Suitable for: Beginners, advanced, schoolchildren, students, travel

Scope: Russian lessons with speech and pictures, vocabulary trainer

Prices: Free (with ads), USD 12.99 (1 month), USD 60 (12 months)

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The Duolingo app has a Russian course, however just with English as the language of instruction. The German language of instruction is only available for Spanish, English and French.

There are 36 languages ​​in the English version to learn, including artificial fun languages ​​such as Klingon or High Valyrian from Game of Thrones.

Learning Russian at Duolingo is "gamified", i.e. it is partly structured like a game with levels, experience points, achievements, etc.

The Duolingo learning app also has a pretty good entrance test to check your Russian language level.

The big disadvantage of the Duolingo learning app (as with Rosetta Stone) is that it no Grammar explanations there.

Speech recognition is also missing, so unlike other language learning apps, you cannot practice Russian pronunciation.

Conclusion: The vocabulary trainer and exercises are okay. However, Russian grammar cannot be learned with this learning app.



 
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