The Mysterious Code of Russian Grammar


Every language is a not only a means of communication but is also a complex system of coding. This Russian grammar course offers comprehensive coverage of all basic key points of Russian grammar with real examples to demonstrate how the Russian language works. You will also gain new insights into the Russian mentality by decoding this challenging yet exciting system of grammar.

Course materials:
A course workbook is provided.

Target audience:
This course is for those who already have basic reading and writing skills in Russian but wish to gain more knowledge of Russian language structure and grammar. It is suitable for anyone who is interested in Russia and its language and culture and would like to enrich and expand their knowledge of Russian language and the Russians.

Learning objectives:
By the end of this course, you will:

  • Have acquired a clear understanding of basic Russian grammar terms and grammar structure (nouns – gender and cases; verbs and tenses; adverbs; pronouns; numbers and adjectives)
  • be able to form your own basic grammatical structures in the form of phrases and sentences
  • have increased your confidence in using Russian language and understanding Russians’ mentality through their language

Course outline:

Session 1:
Introduction to the Russian language, its grammatical structure, basic terms
Session 2:
Noun, gender and cases
Session 3:
Practical session
Session 4:
Pronouns (personal and possessive), adjectives, adverbs 
Session 5:
Practical session
Session 6:
Numbers, verb, tenses
Session 7: 
Practical session
Session 8:
Summary and discussion

Learning activities focus on listening, speaking, reading and writing Russian. To reinforce your learning homework is encouraged. There is no formal assessment.

There is a short break half-way through each session, and tea/coffee is provided. You are welcome to bring your own refreshments if you wish.

Class limit:
This course is limited to a maximum of 20 participants, so please enrol early.

Olga Suvorova has a PhD in Cultural Anthropology from one of the leading international universities, Lomonosov Moscow State University, and a MA Hons in Linguistics. She is the immediate past President of the New Zealand Society of Translators and Interpreters, Wellington Branch (2016-2018).

“Excellent tutor who brought the subject to life! Great introduction to Russian”, An Introduction to Russian Language and Culture participant (2018)

“This course was fun and a fantastic intro to approaching the Russian language. The teacher, Olga, was lively and made me look forward to the course every week”, An Introduction to Russian Language and Culture participant (2018)

“Olga is an enthusiastic and energetic teacher which inspires and motivates you. She created a wonderful ambience for the course. Whilst the language is quite challenging to learn, Olga created an environment in which everyone felt comfortable participating”, An Introduction to Russian Language and Culture participant (2018)

Relevant links:
Da or Nyet! Russian language for beginners
DaDa! Russian language for post-beginners
School of Languages and Cultures
Russian Keys
Language Learning Centre

For further information:
Continuing Education, Victoria University of Wellington, PO Box 600, Wellington 6140.
Phone 04 463 6556,  Email:

Please note: Courses need a minimum number of enrolments to go ahead. If your course doesn’t reach the number required, we’ll have to cancel it. If this happens, we’ll contact you by phone or email about a week before the scheduled start date and arrange a full refund. Please check your emails regularly