Surprise А1 is a Russian coursebook for beginners. The book prepares students for the A1 level exam (elementary level). It can also be used for self-study as it includes explanations in English, keys for all exercises and many audios tracks which provide you enough listening practice and help you to understand native speakers.
New Souvenir 3 is a Russian course for English speakers who want to reach the B1 level (intermediate). The course consists of a student's book, workbook and a teacher's book. It also includes free audio tracks and video materials which are free to download. It is also possible to use this book after the "Surprise" book, as it starts beneath the standard B1 level.
New Souvenir 4 is a Russian course that helps students reach the B2 level (upper intermediate). The course includes a student's book, workbook and free audio materials.
In the future, the Russian Souvenir line will be continued up to the C2 level, after Russian Souvenir 1 and Russian Souvenir 2 have been republished.
New Souvenir 3
New Souvenir 4
International words
We adore foreign languages, and we are always pleased to see how different languages share words. We also believe that international words (cognates) make it easier for beginners to learn Russian letters. This is why we are collecting international words. For now, we have lists of international words in the languages listed below. If you have more words to add, please don't hesitate to contact us at We will be glad to extend our collection.
More helpful materials
We hope that our free materials will make your learning experience more enjoyable.
250 useful Russian phrases with English translation
Learn how to talk about countries and nationalities in Russian
If you have purchased our "Russian phrases" cards, you might be looking for the free audio tracks that accompany them. Click here for your free download.
Download your free grammar table with endings of nouns in all cases and descriptions of situations in which you use each case.
It is believed that it is better to assimilate vocabulary with ready-made phrases, rather than individual words. Download our lexical minimum for A1 level.
Project by the Russian State library
Learn Russian online
Online visual dictionary (the most important nouns for the elementary level)
Basic rules of Russian grammar given in English.