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Russian Lessons in Washington, D.C

Not everyone speaks English in Washington DC, in fact, 17% of city residents speak other languages at home. According to the 2016 census, one of the most popular languages spoken by members of the local foreign-born community is Russian. This shouldn’t come as a surprise, especially if you take into consideration that Washington DC is home to important institutions like The Russian Cultural Centre, the official home of Russian culture in the United States that attracts many Russian tourists and Russian-American residents to the city. This makes Washington DC a perfect place to get immersed in the Russian language and get a taste of its culture, so make the first step to becoming a fluent Russian speaker by starting a language course and enjoy the many advantages it can bring to your life!

Why Study Russian in Washington, D.C?

Learn Russian for Work and Travel

The Washington DC metropolitan area has the strongest economy in the United States, therefore, there are many excellent positions in the area you can apply for. However, because there are so many qualified professionals in the city, the job market is one of the most competitive in the country so if you want to stand out in any job interview, a smart thing you can do is to learn a second or third language, as you’ll impress local employers and beat other candidates who are applying for the job. Although there are many languages you can learn, Russian is one of the best, as there are many great job openings in the city for Russian speakers like Program Officer for the U.S Russian Foundation, Facilities Management Specialist for Marten Transport, and OSINT Collector for Leidos.

Learn Russian for Social

There are many different options to explore Russian culture in Washington DC. If you love folk music, you can enjoy performances by The Washington Balalaika Society, which presents more than a dozen concerts each year, including its annual Spring and Fall Concert Series where you can enjoy Russian songs played with traditional folk instruments like the balalaikadomra, and bayan. This wonderful group of musicians also performs at festivals, parks, museums, churches, and other public and private venues throughout the year, so you’ll have many opportunities to listen to these talented performers and discover Russian folk music.

Another great way to get to know Russian culture is to attend the Russian Festival held every October at the Holy Trinity Russian Orthodox Church, where you’ll be able to try traditional Russian food, buy souvenirs and enjoy a variety of entertainment that includes choir performances, dances, and live music. On top of this, there will be religious artworks imported from Russia like paintings and beautiful icons to entice the annual guests.

Learn Russian for Culture

If you’re looking for a social gathering where you can meet Russian native speakers or advanced learners who can help you boost your language skills, you should check out the meetings organized by The DC Russian Language Meetup Group. The point of these meetings is to provide local learners the opportunity to meet other like-minded people in the city and practice their skills in a welcoming setting. They meet every Thursday at Zorba’s Cafe, located at 1612 20th St NW, where you can chat in Russian over a coffee, and on Sundays at Restaurant Rus Uz, located at 1000 N Randolph Street, where you can enjoy delicious Russian cuisine with other people that love Russian culture as much as you do.

Additionally, if you enjoy reading and want to explore the works of different Russian writers, you can attend the online meetings held by The Russian (and European) Literature Book Club of DC, where you’ll find many other locals eager to discuss imperial, Soviet, and contemporary literature by authors like Pushkin, Goncharov, Gogol, Tolstoy, Dostoevsky, Babel, Bulgakov, and Nabokov. The discussions are held in English, so even if you’re just starting learning the language and want to expand your knowledge of Russian Literature, you’ll really enjoy these meetings. What’s more, if you are fluent enough to read in Russian, you’ll be able to borrow some of these novels from other members and enjoy them in their original language.

Where to learn Russian in and around Washington, D.C?

Fortunately, there are many ways to learn Russian in the city, so no matter what your language goals are, there are many options you should check out. If you are currently studying at university or intend to do so, there are great Russian language courses at George Washington University that you might find interesting. They go from beginner level to advanced in addition to helping you develop your language skills, they’ll get you immersed in the cultural and political history of the Soviet Union and modern-day Russia. On the other hand, if you are just beginning to study the language and want to find resources to learn the basics, you should visit the Library of Congress, located at 101 Independence Ave SE, which has useful books like Fundamentals of Russian by Horace Gray Hunt and Introductory Russian Course for Students of Science and Technology by Viktor Balin. However, the fastest way to become a fluent Russian speaker in the city is to book a course at Listen & Learn. What makes our language courses so unique is that they are completely personalized to our student's needs and interests, which means there are no two courses alike. If you contact us today, one of our native teachers will tailor lessons that fit every single one of your requirements so that you get the perfect Russian course you’ve been looking for. 

The type of courses we offer:

Face-to-Face 1-to-1 (Individual) General Russian

These Russian lessons are more general in nature and are targeted at students with a whole range of different needs. While all beginners level students can expect to cover Survival Russian - required for short visits to a country where English may not be spoken and/or the intention is to make good contacts with the local population, students then generally progress in different directions depending on their needs. Typical students include those buying property overseas, spouses of overseas nationals, people about to set off on that long-awaited world trip, Russian culture enthusiasts and those who are keen to pass a particular Russian examination. Inquire now about our Russian Courses or Take A Free Russian Level Test

Face-to-Face 1-to-1 (Individual) Business Russian

These Russian lessons are driven towards people who have a requirement to learn Russian to bolster their work output. For novices, you will find it useful to learn basic greetings and business etiquette; and once you have become more proficient then reading and writing will come to the fore. Typical students include those concerned with import/export, those seeking work in multinational companies, international negotiations, and anyone working with international colleagues or administration. Even on our most rudimentary beginners lesson, students can expect to finish the lesson with decent telephone and e-mail Russian, as well as a good enough grip on the language for a short trip to the country. Inquire now about our Russian Courses or Take A Free Russian Level Test

Face-to-Face Closed (Private) Group General or Business Russian

The Russian lessons are also available for 2 or more people studying together (Two-to-One Russian Lesson or Small Group In-Company Russian Lesson). All participants must have the same level, the same business or general language needs and be able to study at the same time in the same location. The booking must be made for all participants at the same time. Listen & Learn do not recommend group classes of more than 6-8 people although In-Company Taster Russian Lessons can be run with up to 12 people. Inquire now about our Russian Courses or Take A Free Russian Level Test

Skype, Google Meet or Zoom Online 1-to-1 (Individual) General or Business Russian

You and your group can be trained by our native speaker qualified Russian teachers, and can meet at your place of work or home at a time convenient to you. Tutorials can take place any day of the week, including weekends, and can be scheduled for the morning, afternoon or evening. If your home or office is not suitable for you, you can attend the lesson at the teacher's offices. You will be provided with all relevant lesson materials. Inquire now about our Russian Courses or Take A Free Russian Level Test

Skype, Google Meet or Zoom Online Group (Closed or Open) General or Business Russian

2 or more people can benefit studying Russian together as these Russian lessons are also offered to groups (Two-to-One Russian Lesson or Small Group In-Company Russian Lesson). Every student must have the same degree of knowledge of the language, the same business or language needs and the ability to study at the same time and place as everybody else. The booking has to be made for all students at the same time. Listen & Learn do not advocate group sessions of more than 6-8 people, though Taster Russian Lessons can be experienced by up to 12 people. Inquire now about our Russian Courses or Take A Free Russian Level Test

Top Tips For…

russian Songs


"Ya Soshla S Uma" (All the Things She Said) - t.A.T.u

You’ve probably heard this song (or at least its name) because this is one of the few Russian pieces that was a hit in the USA, and even an English version was made as a result, although it primarily shot to fame for its 2002 video featuring a controversial kiss between two girls. The chorus repeats at least 4 times, so it’s quite easy to pick up some words and phrases (like “running through my head”: А они говорят - виновата сама). Plus, you’ll also have the English version to compare both lyrics in case you have any doubts about your understanding of the song. Listen to this catchy tune here.

russian Songs

“Ой, да не Bечер” - Pelageya

Looking to learn a bit more about Russian history while fine-tuning your foreign language skills and listening to great music? This song by Pelageya might be what you need. The folk artist sings about Stepan, a Cossack who led an uprising against the royalty of Russia in the 17th century. There is a lot of history within this song, which makes it very special, while you can also learn the Russian tenses, as the poetic persona mentions the past, the present, and the future while describing the country. Click here to listen to this song.

“В Лесу Pодилась Елочка” - Children’s Song

Want to learn more about the fascinating Russian culture while listening to catchy songs? Then, you should not miss A Pine Tree Was Born in the Woods, a song that is always on the radio during the Russian New Year. Children love this track and learn it at school, so it will be hard to find a Russian person who’s not familiar with it. With a very slow pace and a lot of repetition, this song is perfect for beginners who want to start fine-tuning their listening comprehension and pronunciation. It’s also easy to find English translations! Listen to this catchy tune here.


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