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Try free sample lessons on verbs of motion and participles!

Преподавателям русского языка предоставляется бесплатный доступ ("virtual desk copy")


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 includes video lessons on cases, numbers and time, Russian verbs, verbal aspect, spelling and pronunciation, and more, with additional materials added each week – visit this page to see what's new!

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 investment 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.

Not sure if the Russian Grammar Library is for you? Try some free sample lessons – and if you're ready to make this investment in mastering Russian...

Verbs of Motion

If you've had a few months of Russian already, you may be ready for my courses on Russian verbs of motion. Try the first three lessons of the introductory course for free!

Russian Grammar Channel

My Russian Grammar Youtube channel has over 100 videos on topics in Russian grammar and pronunciation.


Get access to my free resource library for materials on pronunciation practice, tricky grammar points, study tips, and more. 

Meet your teacher

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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.


Dr. Ford was a great professor. Having him for Russian 121 made all of the difference for me. His enthusiasm sparked mine for Russian and now its my minor.

Dr. Ford is one of the best teachers I have ever had. Made Russian fun to learn.

Dr. Ford is very passionate and animate about Russian making class very fun.

Dr. Ford is by far the best and most effective language professor I have ever had.

Dr. Ford was continually helpful and enthusiastic about teaching Russian. He teaches a difficult language clearly and efficiently, and tries to make class fun as well. He obviously cares about his students...

Dr. Ford is extremely knowledgeable about Russian. He has a very clear and concise way of explaining even confusing aspects of Russian grammar, and always checks to make sure that every student understands. I very much enjoy taking Russian classes with him as a professor, and feel that he truly cares about the success of his students.

He knows how to make challenging material very easy to understand.

Dr. Ford is extremely knowledgable about Russian linguistics and it’s always a pleasure to take his courses.

Easily one of the best instructors I’ve ever had. He makes it very to follow along without sacrificing the quality of the material.

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