Monday, August 24, 2009

Verbs: pick the aspect

This is a little true-false quiz on aspect. You'll be given a verb and you'll pick the aspect.

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Monday, August 17, 2009


This quiz deals with the prefix пред-.

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Monday, August 10, 2009

Cloze Translation

This is a cloze translation exercise. You'll be given Putin's speech from Medvedev's inauguration in Russian, with a partial English translation, and you'll fill in the blanks.

Do the exercise

Sunday, August 2, 2009

Parts of Speech

This quiz gives you related words and asks you to translate them into the correct part of speech.

For example, is деятельность "acted", "actionable", or "activity"?

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Thursday, July 30, 2009

Colors of the world (IV)

In this matching game, the Ukrainian color word is paired with something that is that color. Note that the colors are all in masculine, so they won't necessarily match the other word in gender!

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Friday, July 24, 2009

Colors of the world (III)

This matching game pairs a Ukrainian color word with the English name of something that is that color.

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Thursday, July 16, 2009

Colors of the world (II)

In this set of matching exercises, you match a Russian color with a word naming something that is that color...

Note that all the color words are in masculine, so they won't necessarily match in gender!

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Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Colors of the world (I)

In this set of matching exercises, you match a Russian color with an English word naming something that is that color...

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Thursday, July 2, 2009

Scrambled Parties (Ukr)

Unscramble the Ukrainian political parties before the little bear dies! Unfortunately, the flash software doesn't support Cyrillic, so it's in transliteration...

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Monday, June 29, 2009

Russian Morphology Diagnostic

Though this was written for our RUSS2102 review course, anyone's free to take it. Just don't enter your name!

The quiz is on the basics of morphology: using the form of a word to predict its part of speech or its gender, and matching up words that share a root.

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Sunday, June 21, 2009

Morphology in Context

Here's a quiz on morphology, using context. You'll be given partial Russian sentences and their translations. You'll use your knowledge of prefixes and suffixes - and the context! - to determine which would be the best fit.

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Friday, June 12, 2009

Making new words with suffixes

Here's another matching exercise on suffixes. In this one, you're given a root and a meaning for a new word to be made from it (for instance, дум: thoughtful) and you pick the right suffix (which would be чив, in this case).

Try the exercise!

Friday, June 5, 2009

Fill Vowel Challenge

This activity is called a "challenge board". It's kind of like Jeopardy, in that it has categories and columns, but the points are awarded differently.

This particular one is on fleeting (fill) vowels - providing the correct form (with or without) when given an example of the other one.

Give it a try, why don't you?

Thursday, May 28, 2009

Fleeting Vowels

Here are two activities you can do to practice identifying fleeting vowels in Russian words. One is a matching game, and the other is concentration.

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Wednesday, May 20, 2009

CSI Perm

This is a quiz on identifying, and then translating, Russian verbal adjectives (participles) and verbal adverbs (deeprichastie, or 'gerunds'). It uses a news article about a murder investigation.

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Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Prefixes in Jeopardy

Yes, another review of Russian prefixes, this one in a Jeopardy! style game.

Play it here.

Monday, May 4, 2009

Suffixes in Jeopardy

Here's a Jeopardy!-style game for Russian suffixes. It covers 10 each noun and adjective suffixes, and five verbal ones. Although it was designed as a review for our Morphology/Word-Building Course, there's no reason that anyone else couldn't use it.

Play it here.

Tuesday, April 28, 2009


This matching exercise deals with the prefix nedo-.

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Friday, April 24, 2009

What's the Infinitive?

In this quiz, you're provided with a conjugated verb, and asked for the infinitive. Pretty easy!

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Monday, April 13, 2009

Scrambled Idioms

Here are 20 Russian idioms, with an equivalent English meaning, all of which are scrambled. Your challenge: unjumble them!

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Monday, April 6, 2009

Suffixes and Meanings

Here is a set of activities for suffixes - noun, adjective, and verb - and their meanings. You can do flashcards, concentration, or a matching exercise.

Play the activities.

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Compounds with Quantities

This quiz deals with Russian compounds that contain numbers and quantifiers.

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Friday, March 20, 2009


Many Russian prefixes can be translated using calques, Latinate prefixes such as re-, ex-, trans- etc.

This quiz is on matching prefixes with their calques.

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Friday, March 13, 2009


This quiz is on the prefix при-; it consists of matching nouns, adjectives, verbs, and phrases with their English counterparts in ad-.

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Friday, March 6, 2009

Scrambled Parties

Your task: to unscramble the names of ten Russian political parties.

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Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Cloze Translation

Here's a cloze translation exercise for Putin's New Year speech. You'll get the Russian, and then have some choices for some of the words and phrases. Pick the one that's best!

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Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Bad Words

Here are matching, concentration, and flashcards for bad character traits.

Play the activity

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Good Words

Here are matching, concentration, and flashcards for a set of words for good character traits.

Play the activities!

Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Can it be который ?

Long-form verbal adjectives not only directly modify nouns, but can head a clause. They are semantically equal to another kind of clause: the который clause.

In this activity, you'll be asked to rewrite participial clauses into который clauses and vice versa.

Do the exercise.

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Participial Adjectives

This one is a matching exercise on, yes, Russian Participial Adjectives: participles used as attributive modifiers. Not long - 24 in all.

Saturday, January 24, 2009

Aspect Pairs

Here some exercises on matching aspectual pairs of verbs. You can do matching, concentration, or flashcards.

Play the games

Monday, January 12, 2009

Three Meanings of O

This quiz is a matching exercise for the prefix о- (об-) - nouns and verbs.

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Putin's New Year Speech

Here are a number of activities - flashcards, matching, and concentration, using terms and idioms from Putin's New Year's speech.

Play the activities

Monday, January 5, 2009

Parts of Speech

Here's an exercise in identifying parts of speech, in an address given by Putin on New Year's Eve.

Work the exercise.