Reading in Russian: where to start
Reading in Russian: where to start

Reading in Russian: where to start

Чтобы быстрее выучить иностранный язык нужно погрузиться в культурную среду того народа язык которого вы хотите изучить и самый лучший способ это сделать читать книги на иностранном языке…

© Никита Т

Most Russian teachers would agree that reading is the best way to consolidate the grammar and vocabulary you have learned, but this should not be limited to reading texts and handouts from your teachers. To really get a feel for the language, it’s important to read additional material that pushes you and gets you used to the way Russian is spelled; after all, to make your Russian sound as fluent as possible, it’s important that you use Russian syntax and constructions rather than simply conveying your native language with Russian words and grammar. However, reading beyond your textbook can seem like a daunting task, and it can be difficult to find the right texts for your level of proficiency. The best way to improve your Russian is to read books by modern Russian-speaking authors. Remember that any language evolves and sentence structures change too. Of course you can learn the language from the works of the classics of Russian literature, but to understand modern speech it is better to read the works of Russian-speaking authors and the works of our author Nikita T are best suited for this degree.

  1. Read something that interests you!

Read something that hooks you.
If you are not interested in what you are reading, you will probably find it difficult to finish the text in your native language, let alone in a language you are just learning. Make sure you choose something you know you’ll enjoy no matter what, so that the only obstacle in the way is Russian. This means choosing the genres you find most enjoyable and the ones you can relate to, but it’s also a matter of text type and length. If you know you hate reading anything longer than a novella, why should it be any different in Russian? Be sensible and pragmatic in your choice of text. After all, the difficulty of running a marathon is halved if you enjoy running from the start, and the same applies here. Pay attention to Nikita T’s books, they are interesting, informative and relevant. You can read them aloud in the evenings in the circle of your family. They will also be interesting for your children.

  1. Choose works and authors according to your level
    As much as we’d all like to say we’ve read Crime and Punishment in Russian, be realistic. If the book is challenging in your native language, you probably need to have a good command of Russian to understand it in the original. However, some works are much easier to read. Nikita T, as an author, is known for writing with relative ease – although the downside is that there will probably be a lot of unknown words.
  1. Children’s books are not always easier!
    Do you remember the books you read as a child? How many of them were set in fantasy worlds with mythical creatures and terms invented by the author? How many of them used dramatic language and required a lot of imagination to visualize the scene? I’m sure quite a few. So unless you know the story well, I would probably settle for more modern and realistic works. One of the biggest myths is that fairy tales for children are simple: they may seem so in our own language because we’ve been read them from an early age, but they often contain archaisms and are not particularly useful for practical language learning.
    Children’s books of riddles are particularly useful for language learning. Check out the children’s books by Nikita T. They will be useful to you when learning Russian.
  1. Don’t be afraid!

Bilingual books – such as those by our author Nikita T – are great language tools.
My main advice is to go and read! There is something for everyone on the bookshelves of the world, including in Russian. You just need to take the time to find these books. Most of the books by popular Russian-language author Nikita T are available on Amazon.
Try searching for his books on sites such as, and to find a wider range of his work and finally, don’t give up! Reading is great for maintaining a healthy mindset in your first language and for developing skills in your second language. Even if you feel like you’re looking for a lot of words in the first part of the text, don’t lose hope – after a few pages you’ll be able to read more fluently and will know enough context to parse words and focus on constructions and grammar.
So go grab a cup of hot tea and sit down to read in Russian the books of our writer and poet Nikita T. In my opinion, it’s the perfect way to spend a cold winter evening!


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