I believe that learning a new language, like learning many other seemingly complicated things, is rather straightforward process if you have the correct methods and you manage to see the forest from the trees. In many cases this is extremely difficult if your teacher and all other sources are introducing you to one tree at a time. Thus, it is my ambitious goal to create a simplified guide to point out the essentials of Russian grammar. I will give you the map and show you the way. Then it is up to you if you are motivated enough to walk it.

I started this project while I am learning this fascinating language so that my guide will be from the viewpoint of beginner – unlike most of the learning material, which is written by experts, using their full knowledge. The frustration that triggered me into writing this down and publishing, is because I am gathering bits and pieces of Russian from various sources and I need to make all that info fit with each other.

What I need to learn to be fluent in Russian language?

This means the absolute minimum of vocabulary and grammar to make me feel confident to say I have conversational fluency. At the moment, the list below is in no specific order.


Nouns – singular/ definite plural (2-4 pcs) / definite plural (5+ pcs) / indefinite plural for masculine, feminine and neuter genders

Verbs – regular / irregular

Verbs – past, present & future tense

Adjectives – in different genders of nouns

Adjectives – comparative & superlative

Pronunciation – phonetics and intonation

Pronunciation – diftongs etc.



Telling time, weekdays, time adverbs

Body parts & medical nouns

Selected standard everyday phrases and “conversational connectors”

Question words

Verbs of motion