for people who really want to learn the language
для тех, кто действительно хочет выучить русский
Two years ago, as the pandemic swept the world, Russian language programs at many schools and universities found themselves switching to online education with little time to plan. I responded by making materials at this site free of charge.
Unfortunately, maintaining this project brings costs that can't be covered by occasional donations. So this site will now move back to paid access, which will allow me to maintain and expand our materials. In addition to my complete courses on verbs of motion and participles, the Russian Grammar Library will include video lessons on cases, numbers and time, Russian verbs, verbal aspect, spelling and pronunciation, and more.
If you've already registered at tips4russian, you don't need to do anything – you'll be "grandfathered" in at no cost, for continued access to courses of verbs of motion, participles, and more. Of course, if you have benefited from these materials and would like to say thanks, you can always buy me a coffee. 🙂
If you're new to the site, consider joining at the special Early Adopter's rate of $50. This one-time fee gives permanent access to all existing lessons as well as new materials – at least one new video and exercise set every week. The price will go up later, so this is a great time to join.
Meet your teacher
Dr. Curtis Ford
I'm Curt Ford, creator of the Russian Grammar channel on Youtube. With over 15 years of full-time teaching experience, I love introducing learners to this subtle, expressive language in a friendly, low-stress style.
I became addicted to studying Russian while still in high school. After majoring in Russian and German at Pomona College, I earned an MA in Russian from Middlebury College and a Ph.D. in Slavic Linguistics at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill. Along the way I studied in St. Petersburg, at the Pushkin Institute in Moscow, and lived and worked in Russia for several years.
I later taught 1st- through 4th-year Russian at the University of South Carolina, guiding students from their first steps with the alphabet through readings of Pushkin, Tolstoi, Ulitskaia, and others.
I now keep busy with online projects to help serious students of Russian and advanced students of English achieve their goals.