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Russian for Beginners

Teacher: Vanda Kotikova Nissen (Brisbane)

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1 student: AUD $25.00
2 students: AUD $18.00
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Russian for Beginners

Course description:

This course is based on the real life conversations. Students will learn how to introduce people in Russian, how to say hello and goodbye, ask directions, buy food.
After the first lesson you will be able to read Russian alphabet.
Designed for the people who have never learned Russian before.

Teaching approach:

Based on the real life conversations.

Course program:

1.Russian Alphabet. How to introduce yourself and others.
2. How to get...? How to ask for directions.
3. How much...? How not to get lost in the Russian shops.
4. How to say hello and goodbye in Russian. Small talk.
5. I come from...Introduction to the Genitive Case.
6. I am going to... Introduction to the Accusative Case.
7. What a beautiful house! Russian Adjectives.
8. I want to go there! Introduction to the Russian verbs.
9. At the movies.
10. Houses and aprartments. Plural nouns.

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9 Sherwood Rd, Toowong QLD 4066
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Hourly rates:

1 student:AUD $25.00*
2 students:AUD $18.00 per student*
3+ students:AUD $12.00 per student*
 Trial class: minus 50% promotional discount*

* Plus AUD $5.00 administration fee per class (per student)
* Single-class purchase fee: AUD $5.00 (per student)

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In person: 60, 90, 120, 180 minutes

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Vanda Kotikova Nissen

City / Country of origin: Voronezh, Russia

Mother language: Russian

Spoken languages: English, Polish, Other


My name is Vanda Kotikova Nissen. I am a Russian language teacher, Russian native. I live in Australia, and I am really keen on teaching languages. I primarily teach Russian, my mother tongue.

I've got a PhD in Linguistics, and a degree in Russian language and literature.

I am the author of the book on the Russian speech etiquette. I am also working as a course developer and editor for the major language company.

I've been teaching different types of students including high school students, University students, businessmen, Russian for tourists etc. I would be happy to help you with mastering your Russian!


1. Post doc course. Ösnabruck University. 2008
2.PhD in Linguistics. Voronezh State University. 2001
3.Master of Teaching. Russian Language and Literature. Voronezh State University.1998


I've been teaching Russian since 1998 in Russia, Denmark, Sweden, and Australia. Wide range of students including high school students and businessmen. I have a solid experience in teaching online, I've been teaching via Skype since 2004.

Courses by this teacher:

Learn Russian: Russian for Beginners

Proficiency level

Your Russian proficiency level will be evaluated by the teacher according to this framework:

A1 - Beginner:

  • Understands familiar Russian expressions and very basic phrases aimed at the satisfaction of concrete needs.
  • Can introduce him/herself and answer questions about personal details such as the place of residence and belongings.
  • Can hold a simple conversation in Russian if the other person talks slowly and clearly and is prepared to help.

A2 - Elementary:

  • Understands frequently used expressions related to areas of immediate relevance like personal and family information.
  • Can communicate in routine situations requiring a simple and direct exchange of information on familiar matters.
  • Can describe in simple terms aspects of his/her background, immediate environment and immediate needs.

B1 - Intermediate:

  • Understands the main points of clear standard input on familiar matters regularly encountered in everyday situations.
  • Can deal with most situations likely to arise while travelling in an area where Russian is spoken.
  • Can produce simple, connected text on topics that are familiar or of personal interest.
  • Can describe events, dreams, hopes and ambitions and briefly give explanations for opinions and plans.

B2 - Independent:

  • Understands the main ideas of complex Russian text on both concrete and abstract topics.
  • Interaction with native Russian speakers can happen with fluency and spontaineity and without strain for either party.
  • Can produce clear text on a wide variety of subjects and expose a point of view given the various options.

C1 - Advanced:

  • Understands a wide range of demanding, longer Russian texts, and recognizes implicit meaning.
  • Can express ideas fluently and spontaneously without much obvious searching for expressions.
  • Can use Russian flexibly and effectively for social, academic and professional purposes.
  • Can produce detailed, well-structured text on complex subjects, showing controlled use of organisational patterns and connectors.

C2 - Proficient:

  • Easily understands virtually everything heard or read in Russian.
  • Can summarise information from different spoken and written sources and reconstruct arguments in a coherent presentation.
  • Expresses him/herself spontaneously, fluently and precisely, differentiating finer shades of meaning even in complex situations.

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