How to read Russian fast


You need only a pen or text editor. Write letters and words many times. You will read and write without subvocalization.

Learn the Cyrillic alphabet with typing. And learn the pronunciation and the grammar with the Latin alphabet. Practice with both alphabets.

Russian has grammatical cases and flexible word order. Learn grammar with simple sentences. Use SVO order and short words.

Writing training will improve your reading skills. Write many sentences. Write in various genres.

Slavic languages have similar grammar and vocabulary. And some languages are written in Latin script. Learn origin words, cognate words, and loanwords. And learn the relationship between languages.

  • Typing and Speed Reading
  • Reading Comprehension
  • Listening
  • Pronunciation
  • Writing Training
  • Grammar
  • News
  • Other Languages
  • Typing and Speed Reading

    Learn the shape of Cyrillic alphabets and keyboard layout. Start a text editor and change the font size.

    Or you can use a pen and paper.

    Write alphabets and words repeatedly


    Type alphabets randomly like these images. Type from 1 letter to 3 letters repeatedly.

    Learn some short words. type them in the same manner. Type from 2 letters to 4 letters many times.

    This is a training about subvocalization. You will get tired of typing. And you will type without internal speech.

    You should learn words with pronunciation. Practice writing and speaking alternately.

    Write sentences with line breaks

    reading multipel lines

    Type a short sentence like this image. This is a training about reading multiple lines. You will read lines at once. Type more sentences with line breaks.

    Reading Comprehension

    You have to improve reading comprehension. Read many books and websites. Write many sentences.

    Read word lists with romanization. Wiktionary has a Swadesh list and some word list.

    Appendix:Russian Swadesh list - Wiktionary

    Read Russian Wikipedia. Find the word you can read. Read proper nouns. Read the first sentence of pages. Read the first paragraph of pages.

    Список государств — Википедия

    Russian grammar is complicated. The word order is flexible. Guess the meaning from the context.

    Increase your knowledge and vocabulary. Read and watch news.

    Learn grammar and write sentences. Writing training improves reading comprehension.


    You can learn listening with speed reading.

    Read news with text-to-speech tools.

    Watch YouTube with automatic captions.


    Learn how to pronounce vowels, consonants, syllables, words, and sentences. And learn the relationship between the spelling and the pronunciation.

    Russian pronunciation

    Combine the Russian alphabet, the Latin alphabet, and the IPA symbol. Imagine the structure of syllable.

    Google Translate shows the Latin alphabet and the sound.

    Writing Training

    Writing training will improve your reading skills. Write many sentences.


    Learn the structure of sentence, clause, and phrase.

    Russian has flexible word order. And subjects can be omitted.

    First, write sentences with the SVO order and learn grammar. And then, use other order for emphasis.


    Imagine some situations and relationships. And think about their relationships, positions, purposes, motives, etc.

    Learn grammatical person, case, and tense. Verbs are conjugated to person.


    Use various images. Write various sentences.


    Russian has grammatical case, gender, and aspect. And it has no article.

    Learn grammar with simple sentences. Learn nouns with genders and articles.

    Compare Russian cases with English syntax. Compare Russian aspects with English tense.


    You can read Russian news on Google News, VOA, Yandex, etc.

    And you can watch Russian news on Russia-24.

    Other Languages

    Ukrainian and Belorussian are similar to Russian. Belorussian is very similar to Polish. Polish is written in the Latin alphabet.

    Slavic languages have many similar words from Proto-Slavic. Learn origin words, cognate words, and loanwords. And learn the relationship between languages.

    English and they are Info-European languages. Learn Proto-Indo-European. You will find their similarities.

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