If you’re interested in learning Russian, you might wonder where in the UK you can find a Russian language course.

Thankfully, there are Russian courses available across many cities in the UK. So, whether you’d like to learn Russian in London, improve your Russian in Leeds, learn intermediate Russian in Glasgow, develop your Russian skills in Birmingham, or study Russian in the UK generally, there are lots of major cities where you can achieve your goal of improving your proficiency in Russian.

This article focuses on learning Russian in Manchester and outlines what kinds of things might have an influence on the type of Russian language course that you decide to take.

Why Should I Consider Taking Russian Classes?

There are so many reasons why you might decide to learn Russian as a foreign language. For example:

  • It’s one of the most spoken languages in the world;
  • It’s a widely spoken second language across Eastern Europe;
  • It’s one of the official languages of the United Nations;
  • It can be useful if you’re planning on travelling or working in Russia; and
  • It’s known as a challenging language for English speakers to learn, due to some aspects of Russian grammar as well as the fact that Russian uses the Cyrillic alphabet.
The questions "what" "where" "why" "how" "when" "who" in their own speech bubbles, which are all different colours. Beginners' Russian classes can teach you how to ask basic questions in Russian.
If you're completely new to the Russian language, you can learn how to ask basic questions with the help of Russian language lessons. (Image Source: CC0 1.0, geralt, Pixabay)

What Type Of Russian Class Would Work Well For me?

The type of Russian language class that you enrol in will likely be dictated by a number of different factors, such as:

  • How much money you can afford to pay for a Russian language class;
  • How long you’d like to learn Russian for;
  • Where the course is located (for example, somewhere in Manchester or online);
  • Whether the course is accredited; and
  • Your existing proficiency level in Russian.

Another factor that might influence the type of Russian class that you take is how you prefer to learn. For example, if you find that you learn a language best on your own, or that you'd prefer to learn Russian with just the help of a personal tutor or teacher, then you might be more comfortable taking private Russian language lessons.

Equally, if you find that you learn better in a group environment and you enjoy having the opportunity to speak and listen to different people in Russian, then a group Russian class may be a better environment for you.

One of the great things about learning a foreign language such as Russian is the fact that there are so many different course types out there. So whether you'd like to take private lessons, or would prefer to attend group Russian lessons, workshops, or online-only classes, there should be a course format that works well for you and your preferred learning style.

What Can I Expect To Learn During Russian Classes?

When looking for Russian language courses, it’s important to remember that every course is different. There are a variety of things that might influence the direction that a Russian language course takes, including, but not limited to:

  • The experience of the teacher;
  • The ability level of the class;
  • The nature of the course and whether it is accredited or unaccredited; and
  • How long the class is expected to run for.

Let’s look at one of these influencing factors – the ability level of the class – in more detail.

Generally, most Russian language course providers will offer Russian courses for specific groups of people who have a similar, if not the same, proficiency level in Russian. As a result, you'd typically expect to see a selection of courses offered, aimed at either beginners, intermediate or advanced Russian learners.

By providing Russian language courses according to the students’ ability levels, the content of a course can be tailored in order to help students tackle the aspects of the Russian language that they would typically struggle with at their ability level.

For instance, a beginners’ Russian language course might cover topics such as the Russian alphabet (known as the Cyrillic alphabet) and may also cover topics such as basic Russian grammar, common nouns and verbs, and typical greetings. The course may also only focus on the present tense.

An intermediate class, on the other hand, should already be familiar with the topics covered in a beginners’ Russian lesson. As a result, their classes should focus on more advanced topics and more specialised vocabulary while covering a wider range of tenses, including the past, present, and future tenses. Intermediate Russian classes may also learn more about the distinctions between the perfective and imperfective aspects of verbs.

Finally, in an advanced class, it’s likely that many students are already comfortable with verb conjugation across all tenses and moods, and have developed a broad vocabulary that allows them to discuss a wide range of topics in detail. In such instances, classes may focus more on improving the students’ overall fluency levels, and cover much more advanced areas of grammar.

You can check for Russian language classes online on Superprof.

A depiction of three people talking to each other. Some Russian classes are more conversational in nature.
There are lots of different types of Russian language lessons out there, and some Russian classes are more conversational in nature. (Image Source: CC0 1.0, Tumisu, Pixabay)

Russian For Business Or For General Conversation?

Another thing to remember is the fact that the structure and content of your Russian language course will also likely be influenced by the type of Russian that you’re looking to learn.

For example, if you’re interested in learning about the Russian language more generally, then you might expect your Russian lessons to teach you things such as common Russian greetings, how to describe yourself and others in Russian, and may also teach you things such as how to give directions or order a meal in a restaurant.

On the other hand, if you’re hoping to learn Russian for business purposes, then the content of your course might well be different. For example, a business Russian course may place more focus on things such as:

  • Learning how to conduct yourself during a meeting in Russian;
  • How to write emails and letters to business contacts in Russian; and, perhaps
  • Learning vocabulary specific to the area that you’re likely to work in.

If you’re interested in taking a particular Russian course, but you’re not completely sure what that course is supposed to cover, feel free to get in touch with the course organisers and ask for further clarification and information regarding the syllabus before you make a decision on whether to book your place.

How Can I Find Russian Lessons Near Me?

There are lots of different ways that you can find a Russian language course in Manchester, and typically a quick search in an internet search engine should point you in the direction of which Russian language course providers are near to you.

As a general rule, places that might offer Russian language classes include language centres. However, it’s always a good idea to double check which languages such centres offer, as they may not always offer Russian as a taught course, or they may not offer a Russian course appropriate to your proficiency level.

Alternatively, you might want to look at whether one of the universities in Manchester offers a Russian language course that’s right for you.

The University Language Centre at Manchester University, for example, offers a number of courses, including Russian, to a wide range of people, including the general public as well as students and staff of the university. At present, two Russian courses appear to be offered – one aimed at beginners and the other at intermediate learners.

Manchester Metropolitan University also offers Russian lessons alongside other languages such as French, German, Spanish, Arabic, and Japanese, to name just a few.

A photo of an open laptop, blank notebook and a black pen on top of that. There are business Russian classes available.
If you need to learn Russian for business purposes, then you may want to consider taking Russian classes that focus primarily on business Russian. (Image Source: CC0 1.0, StartupStockPhotos, Pixabay)

You Can Always Take Your Search Online

If you can’t find a perfect Russian course for you in Manchester, the main thing is not to give up hope, as there are lots of different ways to learn a new foreign language or increase your existing proficiency in a foreign language.

In fact, one way of learning a new language, or developing your existing foreign language skills, is to hire a tutor.

Online tutoring sites, such as Superprof, have a range of experienced foreign language tutors, including Russian tutors, who are able to provide bespoke lessons based on your desired learning outcomes and existing ability level in Russian.

What's more, there are lots of tutors available that are actually native Russian speakers, which can be really helpful when it comes to improving your Russian speaking and listening skills.

So whether you’ve never learnt Russian before, or consider yourself to be a near-native speaker, a Russian tutor may be able to help you further improve and develop your understanding of Russian. With one to one, group, and online tuition options available, why not see whether tutoring can help you?

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