About this site


First things first, thank you for dropping by. 🙂

My name is Valeria and I was born in USSR which relatively soon fell apart. The most of my life I spoke Russian and Russian only. But a few years back I suddenly got fascinated by learning languages, and this is how the story of this site starts.

I have been always learning on my own, and at some moment I noticed that the number of quality resources to learn Russian is considerably smaller than the number of sites devoted to English, Spanish etc. So I decided to create my own site and after “первого блина комом”, as we say, Everyday Russian was born. Then Learn Russian Step by Step, and after that only Очень по-русски.

Russian slang, idioms, common expressions – here I share with you the Russian language which goes way beyond standard textbooks. There are also expressions that I personally do not use and do not advise you to use (rudeness and swearing are not the best ways to communicate), but they are a part of my language and culture as well, and therefore they are here.

Subsribe to RSS, email-delivery or to the podcast on iTunes – and get the brand new episodes instantly, as they are published.

Join me on Facebook or Twitter.

Your comments, questions and suggestions are always very much appreciated. I love hearing the feedback from the readers, so please don’t hesitate to leave some. I hope you will find the site useful. Good luck and good motivation in learning Russian! 🙂

6 comments on “About this site

  1. Greg Lapin says:

    Hi, I see some transcripts in Russian. There are no translations to English?
    Maybe if I subscribe to email delivery? Or your idea is for Russian learners to use the dictionary, and sort of guess at the correct definition based on the context? I do this and find out that I am wrong a lot. Hence, in order to improve at this language, I make an honest attempt to translate bodies of text, and then I compare with the english script. Thanks

    • Очень по-русски says:


      The email delivery is the same as you can see online – no translations. I simply can’t do it myself because my level of English isn’t good enough.

      My idea is for Russian learners to use the dictionary and to ask the questions if they don’t understand anything. I’m always here to help.

      Anyway, I’d very appreciate any kind of contribution. If you can translate it, that would be very great. You actually would make me more happier 🙂

  2. Jonathan L. Salvacion says:

    Great website you have here. I chanced upon it today while looking online for opportunities to learn Russian in Russia.

    I am fascinated by the Russian language. While driving home through the slow traffic in Manila, I listen to CD’s. I also try to translate some (very old) scientific articles in my free time. I have learned quite a number of words since I got interested in Russian as a schoolboy. That was the time of the Apollo-Soyuz link-up in space!

    • Очень по-русски says:

      Hi Jonathan,

      Thanks for the feedback.
      Your words do sound like you’re fascinated. I hope to keep you love for Russian and to help you. 🙂

      Good luck!

  3. Hello Valeria, I am also living in St. Petersburg now. Great great city. All your websites are great too.  They help me a lot as a Russian Beginner. Best Wishes!

    • Очень по-русски says:

      Hello Yin.

      Thanks for the comment. 🙂
      Yeah, SPb is very beautiful but the weather is not actually friendly 🙂

      Good luck! 🙂

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