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 01
Uchites 01

Lyceum Day, Pushkin ~ Sep/Oct 2008

Uchites 02
Uchites 02

Christmas Eve, Gogol ~ March/April 2009

Uchites 03
Uchites 03

Plagiarism in Russia ~ May/June 2009

Uchites 04
Uchites 04

Russian Television ~ July/Aug 2009

Uchites 05
Uchites 05

The Return, Platonov ~ Sep/Oct 2009

Uchites 06
Uchites 06

Lighthouse keeper: solve the mystery ~ Nov/Dec 2009

Uchites 07
Uchites 07

Children stories, Tolstoy ~ Jan/Feb 2010

Uchites 07 - Audio
Uchites 07 - Audio

Lev Tolstoy: "The Pit"

Uchites 07 - Audio2
Uchites 07 - Audio2

Lev Tolstoy: "The Squirrel and the Wolf"

Uchites 07 - Audio3
Uchites 07 - Audio3

Lev Tolstoy: "The Tsar and the Shirt"

Uchites 08
Uchites 08

Esenin: biography and poems ~ Sep/Oct 2010

Uchites 08 - Audio
Uchites 08 - Audio

Sergei Yesenin: "Letter to Mother"

Uchites 08 - Audio2
Uchites 08 - Audio2

Sergei Yesenin: "Goodbye"

Uchites 09
Uchites 09

Russian Art: Itinerants ~ Nov/Dec 2010

Uchites 09 - Audio
Uchites 09 - Audio

Description of a Repin painting

Uchites 10
Uchites 10

Anna Akhmatova and Amedeo Modigliani ~ Jan/Feb 2011

Uchites 10 - Audio
Uchites 10 - Audio

Akhmatova: Szhala ruki

Uchites 10 - Audio2
Uchites 10 - Audio2

Akhmatova: Dvadsat pervoe

Uchites 11
Uchites 11

Travelling across Russia by bike ~ Mar/Apr 2011

Uchites 11 - Audio
Uchites 11 - Audio

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