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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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.
Moscow and Muscovites

Moscow and Muscovites

Vladimir Gilyarovsky's classic portrait of the Russian capital is one of Russians’ most beloved books. Yet it has never before been translated into English. Until now! It is a spectactular verbal pastiche: conversation, from gutter gibberish to the drawing room; oratory, from illiterates to aristocrats; prose, from boilerplate to Tolstoy; poetry, from earthy humor to Pushkin. 
Bears in the Caviar

Bears in the Caviar

Bears in the Caviar is a hilarious and insightful memoir by a diplomat who was “present at the creation” of US-Soviet relations. Charles Thayer headed off to Russia in 1933, calculating that if he could just learn Russian and be on the spot when the US and USSR established relations, he could make himself indispensable and start a career in the foreign service. Remarkably, he pulled it of.
The Samovar Murders

The Samovar Murders

The murder of a poet is always more than a murder. When a famous writer is brutally stabbed on the campus of Moscow’s Lumumba University, the son of a recently deposed African president confesses, and the case assumes political implications that no one wants any part of.
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.
Fish: A History of One Migration

Fish: A History of One Migration

This mesmerizing novel from one of Russia’s most important modern authors traces the life journey of a selfless Russian everywoman. In the wake of the Soviet breakup, inexorable forces drag Vera across the breadth of the Russian empire. Facing a relentless onslaught of human and social trials, she swims against the current of life, countering adversity and pain with compassion and hope, in many ways personifying Mother Russia’s torment and resilience amid the Soviet disintegration.
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.
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. 
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.
The Pet Hawk of the House of Abbas

The Pet Hawk of the House of Abbas

This exciting new trilogy by a Russian author – who has been compared to Orhan Pamuk and Umberto Eco – vividly recreates a lost world, yet its passions and characters are entirely relevant to the present day. Full of mystery, memorable characters, and non-stop adventure, The Pet Hawk of the House of Abbas is a must read for lovers of historical fiction and international thrillers.  

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