Russian Names (without pain)

More names, more details, fun quizzes, let's go more in depth and figure out everything about Russian names.

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Have you been told...

That Russian names are so complicated they make reading Russian books impossible, even in translation?
That you can't pronounce them right unless you study Russian for years and years?

Good news: there is a system.

Really. And you don't need to know Russian to understand it.

Find your way in the maze

You will learn how to sort out basic Russian names.
You will get to know actual personalities.
You will understand how people address each other and why it only seems like people have a name for each occasion (they don't).
You will even find out how non-Russian names are handled in Russian.

A course with proven results

This course is based on years of practice introducing Russian names both to beginning students of Russian language, and to non-Russian speakers in literature and culture courses at the university level.
It has helped readers of Russian novels sort out the family trees of their characters, and viewers of Russian movies to understand better the relationships between characters.
It will also help you get an insight into modern Russian society.

Be better than a newscaster

Learn what the newscasters, Hollywood, and all the talking heads do wrong. Get it right and say it better!
Intended Audience: students, writers, genealogists, professionals

Course Curriculum

Making Sense of Russian Names
Quiz 1
Russian Names in Action
Quiz 2
Russian Names in Latin Chars.mp4
Quiz 3
Getting it Right
Writing it Right
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Masha Holl


Masha Holl speaks several languages and has been teaching everything Russian for almost 30 years: a lot of language, but also culture, folklore, literature, and cinema.

She has been developing courses at the college level for over 20 years, from the basic lecture to the full, semester-long, credit-awarding course. Even so, every semester, students surprise her with unexpected questions and new insights into old material and familiar subjects.

Russian is her native language, and her family's story illustrates the history of Russia since before the 1917 revolution to the present day.

In her spare time, she likes to create multimedia scenes illustrating folk stories, tend her garden in spite of the South Texas sun, and spoil her dog.