Intermediate and advanced Russian podcast

Learn Russian as Russians speak it

Очень по-русски (Very Much Russian) is an audio podcast for intermediate and advanced Russian learners. Every episode is dedicated to the Russian slang, idioms and colloquial expressions that you won't find in your standard textbooks.

If you are an upper-intermediate or advanced Russian learner, this is a place for you to boost your Russian to a completely new level. The audio is recorded at a normal conversational speed and can be downloaded for offline use.

Жаба душит

This episode of Very Much Russian podcast is dedicated to greed and stinginess. You will learn the expression “жаба душит”, a Russian proverb about stinginess, and a few other useful words.

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Сто лет в обед

This episode is entirely dedicated to the popular Russian expressions describing old things and people, namely: сто лет в обед, песок сыпется, анекдот с бородой.

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Сопли в сахаре

Hi everybody. In today’s episode we are looking at a few Russian expressions that you can hardly find in the dictionaries. Some of them are brought to us by a contemporary politician, others by a famous Soviet actress. All of them are quite funny and will definitely enrich your conversational Russian vocabulary.

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Ежу понятно

Hello everybody. Today’s episode of Very Much Russian podcast covers five informal and very informal Russian expressions. They are: с какого перепуга?, ежу понятно, терять совесть, каким макаром?, те же яйца, только в профиль.
Listen to the audio, read the transcript, and watch your Russian reach the levels you never thought it can reach. 🙂

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Курам на смех

Hello friends! In today’s episode of Very Much Russian podcast you will learn a few widely used Russian idioms where chickens and crayfish play the first roles. Listen to the audio, follow the transcript, and I wish you a pleasant passtime! 🙂

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С наступающими!

Hello friends! I’m using this last episode of this year to wish you Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! This episode is a bit different, it covers not only some useful Russian words and expressions but also a bit of Russian culture related to the upcoming holidays, modern Russian Christmas and New Year traditions. I hope you’ll find it interesting, it’s full of references and has a bonus in the end. 🙂

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Заморить червячка

The topic of today’s episode was again suggested by one of the readers, Tally. Listen to the audio and learn what “заморить червячка” means in Russian.

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How to tell somebody to go to hell and other places in Russian

In today’s episode of the “Very Much Russian podcast” we’ll discuss Russian words and expressions that Russians use to, as we say, “send somebody off”. In other words, today you’ll learn how to tell somebody to go to hell and other places. The episode covers the wide range of expressions starting with an innocent “leave me alone” and finishing with “four-letter” words.

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