Uchites

Uchites is the Russian language learning supplement to Russian Life magazine. Begun with support from the Russkiy Mir Foundation, its intent is to tie language learning exercises and readings into material that is published in each issue of the magazine. As each issue is published, a PDF copy of the Uchites supplement will be posted here, so that teachers can easily print out extra copies for students. Or so students can mark up these copies of Uchites, rather than their copies of Russian Life.

If you have comments or feedback on the Uchites supplements (for example, how you are using them, corrections, etc.), please send us a comment and we will post them on this page, to share with other teachers.

Uchites 12
Uchites 12

Great Patriotic War ~ May/June 2011

Uchites 12 - Audio
Uchites 12 - Audio

Rimma Kazakova poem

Uchites 13
Uchites 13

Dovlatov ~ Sep/Oct 2011

Uchites 14
Uchites 14

Amphibian Man ~ Nov/Dec 2011

Uchites 14 - Audio
Uchites 14 - Audio

Amphibian Man

Uchites 15
Uchites 15

Sochi Olympics ~ Jan/Feb 2012

Uchites 15 - Audio
Uchites 15 - Audio

Sochi 2012

Uchites 15 - Audio2
Uchites 15 - Audio2

Sochi 2012 (language learning)

Uchites 16
Uchites 16

Kornei Chukovsky ~ Mar/Apr 2012

Uchites 17
Uchites 17

Victor Tsoy ~ May/June 2012

Uchites 17 - Video
Uchites 17 - Video

Watch and listen to the interview on YouTube

Uchites 17 - Video2
Uchites 17 - Video2

Watch and listen to "When Your Girlfriend Was Sick"

Uchites 18
Uchites 18

Catherine the Great ~ July/Aug 2012

Uchites 18 - Audio
Uchites 18 - Audio

Catherine the Great

Uchites 19
Uchites 19

Aquarium ~ Sep/Oct 2012

Uchites 20
Uchites 20

Baikonur ~ Nov/Dec 2012

Uchites 21
Uchites 21

Circassian Tales ~ Jan/Feb 2013

Uchites 21 - Audio
Uchites 21 - Audio

Old Fable

Uchites 21 - Audio2
Uchites 21 - Audio2

Man and Tiger

Uchites 22
Uchites 22

Kamchatka ~ Mar/Apr 2013

 

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The City of West Hollywood administration invites everyone to join a virtual celebration of Russian Arts and Culture this May. An array of musical events, activities for kids, workshops, virtual tours, concerts, contests, interviews with interesting people, and much more will comprise a month-long celebration. The program of our events will be published on the website of the festival and in the Facebook group.

A Few of Our Books

Fearful Majesty

Fearful Majesty

This acclaimed biography of one of Russia’s most important and tyrannical rulers is not only a rich, readable biography, it is also surprisingly timely, revealing how many of the issues Russia faces today have their roots in Ivan’s reign.
Murder at the Dacha

Murder at the Dacha

Senior Lieutenant Pavel Matyushkin has a problem. Several, actually. Not the least of them is the fact that a powerful Soviet boss has been murdered, and Matyushkin's surly commander has given him an unreasonably short time frame to close the case.
At the Circus

At the Circus

This wonderful novella by Alexander Kuprin tells the story of the wrestler Arbuzov and his battle against a renowned American wrestler. Rich in detail and characterization, At the Circus brims with excitement and life. You can smell the sawdust in the big top, see the vivid and colorful characters, sense the tension build as Arbuzov readies to face off against the American.
Faith & Humor: Notes from Muscovy

Faith & Humor: Notes from Muscovy

A book that dares to explore the humanity of priests and pilgrims, saints and sinners, Faith & Humor has been both a runaway bestseller in Russia and the focus of heated controversy – as often happens when a thoughtful writer takes on sacred cows. The stories, aphorisms, anecdotes, dialogues and adventures in this volume comprise an encyclopedia of modern Russian Orthodoxy, and thereby of Russian life.
The Moscow Eccentric

The Moscow Eccentric

Advance reviewers are calling this new translation "a coup" and "a remarkable achievement." This rediscovered gem of a novel by one of Russia's finest writers explores some of the thorniest issues of the early twentieth century.
Woe From Wit (bilingual)

Woe From Wit (bilingual)

One of the most famous works of Russian literature, the four-act comedy in verse Woe from Wit skewers staid, nineteenth century Russian society, and it positively teems with “winged phrases” that are essential colloquialisms for students of Russian and Russian culture.
Driving Down Russia's Spine

Driving Down Russia's Spine

The story of the epic Spine of Russia trip, intertwining fascinating subject profiles with digressions into historical and cultural themes relevant to understanding modern Russia. 
The Frogs Who Begged for a Tsar

The Frogs Who Begged for a Tsar

The fables of Ivan Krylov are rich fonts of Russian cultural wisdom and experience – reading and understanding them is vital to grasping the Russian worldview. This new edition of 62 of Krylov’s tales presents them side-by-side in English and Russian. The wonderfully lyrical translations by Lydia Razran Stone are accompanied by original, whimsical color illustrations by Katya Korobkina.
Davai! The Russians and Their Vodka

Davai! The Russians and Their Vodka

In this comprehensive, quixotic and addictive book, Edwin Trommelen explores all facets of the Russian obsession with vodka. Peering chiefly through the lenses of history and literature, Trommelen offers up an appropriately complex, rich and bittersweet portrait, based on great respect for Russian culture.

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