There are so many reasons why you might want to learn Russian.

Not only is it one of the most spoken languages in the world, but it’s also known as a challenging language for English speakers due to its Cyrillic alphabet and grammatical oddities. So if you’re looking for a bit of a challenge when learning a new foreign language, Russian is a great language to consider!

Although it has a reputation for being tough to learn, it’s certainly not impossible to learn Russian, and there can be a great many benefits to doing so.

For instance, if you’re planning on travelling to Russia in the near future, learning even a little bit of Russian should stand you in good stead, as English isn’t as widely spoken by locals as you may have thought.

So whether you’re learning Russian:

  • For a challenge;
  • For fun;
  • To develop your C.V.; or
  • Due to an upcoming work or travel commitment in Russia,

It’s important to know where in Glasgow you can attend Russian lessons to improve your proficiency.

Two people in suits, one pointing at an open laptop, with other business documents to the side. You can learn Russian in Glasgow if you'd like to improve your Russian for work-related reasons.
You can find Russian language lessons that help you improve your Russian in a business setting. (Image Source: CC0 1.0, rawpixel, Pixabay)

What Do I Need To Learn Russian In Glasgow?

If you are interested in learning Russian as a foreign language in Glasgow, there are a variety of things you should think about when deciding which Russian language lessons are best for you.

For instance, it’s worth taking some time to think about things such as:

  • Cost – ideally, you should have a budget in mind for how much you’d like to spend on lessons;
  • Location – how far are you willing to travel to attend a lesson? Will you take public transport, drive or have someone drive you, or do you plan to cycle?; and
  • The type of course – are you looking for an intensive Russian language course, or a course that runs over a series of weeks or months?

Another factor that is worth taking the time to consider is your ability level in Russian, and whether you would consider yourself a beginner, or an intermediate or advanced learner and speaker.

If you’re just starting out learning Russian, you may not have had any prior experience with the language. Some Russian courses recognise that people may come to their lessons with no previous knowledge of the language. In such classes topics such as the Russian alphabet, basic grammar, pronunciation, and core words and phrases are likely to be covered as the course progresses.

However, if you’ve learnt Russian previously – perhaps at school or as a result of self-study, or you consider yourself to be more than a beginner, then you may be expected to already know some aspects of Russian before joining a more advanced course.

For example, some intermediate or advanced Russian courses might expect their participants to be comfortable with a wide range of tenses, including:

  • The past, present, future; and
  • The differences between the imperfective aspect and the perfective aspect.

What’s more, they may also expect participants to have the ability to read and write in the Russian alphabet, and have more developed listening, reading, speaking and writing skills than a complete beginner.

In some cases, a course provider may assess your Russian language level before accepting you onto a course, especially if you’re applying for a course designed for intermediate or advanced speakers. This assessment can take place in a number of ways and may include a short face-to-face interview, or you may have to sit a short Russian language test to assess your ability level.

What About Course Materials?

Some courses may ask you to bring some learning materials with you, for example, dictionaries or course textbooks.

Whether or not you’ll be required to bring these items at your own expense will depend on the nature of your course, its content, and the language school’s policies regarding materials. Some courses will provide all your learning materials without additional charge.

If you do need to buy any books, notepads, or dictionaries before the start of your course, it’s likely that your course provider will let you know what you need to get before the course begins. However, if you’re unsure what you should bring along to your first and subsequent lessons don’t be afraid to reach out to your course provider to ask them for further clarification.

See a good Russian language course online here.

A stack of open books. You might use Russian textbooks as part of your Russian classes.
It's always worth seeing what course materials you might need if you're planning on taking Russian classes. (Image Source: CC0 1.0, congerdesign, Pixabay)

How Can I Find Russian Lessons Near Me?

So if you’ve finally figured out which course you’d like to take, how much you’d like to spend on lessons, and where ideally you’d like those lessons to take place, it’s time for the real fun to start – namely, finding your perfect Russian language course!

Happily, there are lots of different ways to learn Russian in Glasgow.

Ask For Recommendations

One way of finding a Russian language course that suits you is to ask friends or family if they know of any Russian language classes that you could join.

It may well be that they aren’t able to help, but if any of your nearest and dearest share an interest in learning Russian, or have mentioned that they’ve taken Russian language lessons in the past, it can be a good idea to pick their brain and see whether they would recommend you attend the same classes that they did.

Reach Out To Different Academic Establishments

One place where you’re likely to find a Russian language course of some description is at a university. While some Russian classes are reserved solely for those involved in an undergraduate or postgraduate Russian degree, some universities also have language centres that offer Russian language courses for non-university members.

If you’re interested in learning Russian through a university language school, try to give that university’s language centre a call or drop them an email asking whether they can give you further information about any Russian language courses they offer, and what ability levels they cater for.

It might also be the case that this information is available online, in which case a quick Google search will put you in the right direction.

Make Friends With The Internet

One of the easiest, quickest, and convenient ways to find Russian language courses in Glasgow is to use the internet to search for any Russian classes near you. For instance, there are websites out there such as the Scotland-Russia Forum, which outlines a range of places that offer Russian language lessons, whether you’re:

  • Looking to learn Russian as part of an undergraduate degree;
  • Want to attend classes designed for adult learners with the aim of becoming fluent in Russian; or
  • Looking for some online courses.

The Scotland-Russia Forum website doesn’t just focus on Glasgow-based Russian language courses, so if you’re interested in learning Russian in another Scottish city, such as Aberdeen, Dundee, or Edinburgh, you can also find information about the Russian courses that are available at those locations.

A church in Moscow. Russian classes can be helpful if you plan on travelling to Russia.
Russian language lessons can really help if you plan on spending some time in Russia and learning about the Russian language and culture. (Image Source: CC0 1.0, elianemey, Pixabay)

Why Consider Online Russian Classes?

Of course, another way that you can choose to learn Russian in Glasgow is to take an online Russian course or have online tuition.

There are plenty of benefits to taking an online language course. For example, you might:

  • Find that an online course is cheaper than attending one in-person;
  • Have more flexibility as to when your lessons take place; and
  • Find that an online course is much more convenient when it comes to travel.

One way that some Russian language learners choose to learn and improve their Russian is to use an online tutor. An online tutor can help their students in the areas that they need to focus the most attention on, whether that’s grammar, pronunciation, their Russian reading and writing skills, or common verbs and phrases.

Superprof has a wide network of language tutors across the UK including Russian tutors that students can pick from. With tutors that offer online, in-person, and group classes and cater to a range of experience levels, it’s never been easier to search through Superprof’s database for your next Russian language tutor.

What’s more, students aren’t restricted by location when selecting an online tutor. If a student's perfect tutor is actually located in Scotland, England, Wales, or elsewhere, then online communication eliminates any problems associated with distance. This means that ultimately, you should be able to study the Russian language and develop your Russian skills wherever you live in the UK!

If you found this useful, why not check out our blogs on how to advance your Russian skills in Birmingham, research Russian courses in London, learn Russian in Leeds or study Russian in Manchester? Regardless of where you live, it’s good to know that there are plenty of Russian classes throughout the UK to choose from!

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Lucy is a freelance writer and wine enthusiast, who loves travelling and exploring new places.