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 23
Uchites 23

The Romanovs ~ May/June 2013

Uchites 24
Uchites 24

Turgenev ~ Sep/Oct 2013

Uchites 24 - Audio
Uchites 24 - Audio

Turgenev, "First Love"

Uchites 25
Uchites 25

Children's Railroad ~ Nov/Dec 2013

Uchites 26
Uchites 26

Dmitry Mendeleyev ~ Jan/Feb 2014

Uchites 26 - Audio
Uchites 26 - Audio

Did Mendeleyev invent vodka?

Uchites 27
Uchites 27

Ivan Bunin ~ Mar/Apr 2014

Uchites 28
Uchites 28

Mikhail Glinka ~ May/June 2014

Uchites 29
Uchites 29

Simferopol Banksy ~ July/Aug 2014

Uchites 30
Uchites 30

Mikhail Lermontov ~ Sep/Oct 2014

Uchites 30 - Audio
Uchites 30 - Audio

Audio of Lermontov Poem

Uchites 31
Uchites 31

Boris Pasternak ~ Jan/Feb 2015

Uchites 32
Uchites 32

Yuri Nagibin ~ Mar/Apr 2015

Uchites 33
Uchites 33

May Holidays ~ May/June 2015

Uchites 34
Uchites 34

War and Peace ~ July/Aug 2015

Uchites 35
Uchites 35

Matching Proverbs ~ Nov/Dec 2015 

Uchites 36
Uchites 36

Pushkin's Magic Fish ~ Jan/Feb 2016 

Uchites 37
Uchites 37

Lost and Found in Translation ~ March/April 2016

Uchites 38
Uchites 38

Anton Chekhov: "In the Country" ~ May/June 2016

Uchites 39
Uchites 39

Samovar! ~ July/August 2016

 

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