Centre for Continuing Education

Russian Course 101 (Level 1): Beginners

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COVID-19 update: arrangement of our courses

We are now delivering courses both online and in-person. Please check the delivery format for each class before you enrol.

Please note that course materials for all classes (excluding prescribed textbooks) are shared electronically within 48 hours of a course starting. Printing is not available.

Level A1 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR)

This introductory course covers various topics including Russian greetings and goodbyes, asking for directions, introducing oneself and the basic of shopping. You will also be introduced to the Cyrillic alphabet and various grammatical rules. This is a beginner’s course and no prior knowledge of the language is required.


By the end of this course, you should be able to:

  • interpret the Cyrillic alphabet and read street signs
  • greet people in Russian and say farewell, give and respond to thanks
  • introduce yourself, talk about your nationality and job
  • ask for directions
  • talk about your family members
  • hold a simple conversation in a shop, to buy things, or order food in a restaurant
  • talk to customs and passport control officers when entering Russia.


This course covers the following topics:

  • Cyrillic alphabet
  • Greetings and goodbyes
  • Thanking and responding to thanks
  • Identifying people and things
  • Agreeing and disagreeing
  • Personal pronouns in the nominative case
  • Introducing yourself
  • Personal pronouns: accusative case
  • Gender of nouns: masculine, feminine, neuter
  • Polite phrases
  • Asking for directions: places of interest in Moscow
  • Names and patronymics
  • Introducing and being introduced to people
  • Talking about your family: possessive adjectives
  • Asking for and buying things: availability, permission, cost
  • Numbers 1 – 10
  • Asking for and providing information and documentation; filling in visa application form, eg name, nationality, purpose of visit
  • Countries and nationalities

Intended audience

Suitable for beginner A1 level students. No prior knowledge of the language is required.

Delivery style

Delivered as a series of interactive workshops and active participation is encouraged. Our tutors use communicative method, so from the very first lesson you will practice conversation in pairs or small groups.

A typical lesson includes engaging activities, such as games, presentations, simple readings, audio and video presentations, and practice conversations.

Prescribed text

The textbook and accompanying CD are designed specifically for each level. The text is used for class activities and forms the basis for consolidation and practice between meetings. The text should be purchased only after confirmation is received from the Centre that the course is going ahead. This usually occurs 5 business days before the class begins. The appropriate textbook and CD for this course is 101 (Beginners).

Materials are available for purchase online at Sydney Russian Books or from the course presenter in the first class meeting.

Please note

Selected courses that teach spoken language may include use of language immersion (course instruction in the selected language) as part of the training strategy.


Language courses are offered in four terms each year during January, April, July and October.

Apply for the language repeat discount.

What others say.

  • Very enjoyable course with an excellent tutor who spent time practising speaking with each student.

  • This course was amazing. I’m actually surprised by how much we’ve learned. The tutor knows every student by name and puts in an extra effort to walk around the tables to make sure everyone is caught up.

  • A fantastic teacher. The pace of the beginner course was perfect. Russian being a difficult language to learn, the tutor made it into an enjoyable experience as well as presenting us with difficult grammar and words, making the language accessible to all.

  • The tutor was amazing and knew how to connect with students of all background and levels.

  • A very useful and practical course if you want to get your feet wet in terms of starting to learn Russian. The presenter was very encouraging and patient and a joy to have as a teacher and mentor. The resources are invaluable in helping understand, challenge yourself and review lessons, phrases and words.

  • As I have a graduate diploma in TESOL from UTS, I must say I am very impressed with the study materials, the CD, the structure of the beginner class. The course developed very well from day one to the concluding class. I congratulate teachers and staff. As an adult learning class the method employed progressed well from class one to the final class.

  • Our tutor was fantastic! It was a fantastic course taught by an extremely talented and intelligent teacher.

  • Fanatastic tutor. Very thorough, very encouraging, very well structured sessions.

  • The tutor is possibly the nicest person on earth, and their ability to teach is second to none.

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What others say.

  • This course was amazing. I'm actually surprised by how much we've learned. The tutor knows every student by name and puts in an extra effort to walk around the tables to make sure everyone is caught up.
  • Thank you for an excellent course.
  • This is a great course. The tutor made it fun and easy to learn. I am enrolled in the next course already.
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