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Learn Russian in NYC :: Williamsburg

$325 for each 20-hour class

Our Russian classes are 20 hours each. Our Williamsburg classrooms are two blocks from the Graham Avenue L train stop.

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*Our regular classes are 20 hours. Most meet once a week for 2 hours for ten weeks.

*Weekend intensives are all-day classes on Saturday and Sunday for two weekends.

Level 1

More about Level 1

Taught in English. Level 1 is for those who have no experience with the Russian language, or who gathered limited vocabulary through family and friends but never formally studied the language. In Russian 1 students are introduced to the Russian alphabet, the sounds each letter makes, basic rules of pronunciation and spelling and vocabulary consisting of two-three syllable easy-to-pronounce words. Students learn dozens of easy-to pronounce words, numbers, colors and conjugation of verbs in present tense. Key concepts of Russian grammar, language such as noun & adjective gender agreement, are also covered.

If you can struggle through saying “Hello! My name is...I am American, I live in New York and work in an office” in Russian, you may want to check out Level 2 description to be sure it isn’t a more appropriate level for you.

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Level 1 Group Classes
in Williamsburg

Mondays 7:30-9:30pm
September 22 - December 1

Level 2

More about Level 2

Level 2 is for those who are relatively comfortable with the Russian alphabet and sounds, and have very limited vocabulary. Students should feel comfortable introducing themselves, talking about what language they speak, their nationality, where they live and work, as well as describing qualities of objects (colors, size), and know numbers of 1 through 1,000. In Level 2, the teacher reviews everything from Level 1 and then starts to walk students through more complex sentence structures by introducing them to all six cases of Russian nouns, as well as concepts of counting nouns, using ordinal numbers to tell dates and time. Past tense and verbs of motion are also introduced.

If you can struggle through sentences such as "Hello! My name is...I am American. I live in New York. I study Russian. I love to read and to watch TV. I have a black cat. His name is Raven." and could ask someone "What is it? Where is this/that? What color is it? Whose is this?," then Level 2 is for you.

80% of our students place themselves correctly, so don’t stress about your level. Use these descriptions to determine which level best matches where you’re at in your study of the language and save your spot in a class by enrolling ASAP. Many of our classes fill up weeks in advance - don't get stuck on a waitlist by waiting too long to enroll! Students who find the class they signed up for is too advanced or not advanced enough after the first week or two should talk to their teacher about switching levels. With the teacher's approval, we will transfer you to the correct level of class in the same language you signed up for at no additional cost. Still hesitant about what level you need? Just give us a call and we can help you select the right class!

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Level 2 Group Classes
in Williamsburg

Thursdays 7:30-9:30pm
September 18 - November 20

Level 3

More about Level 3

Level 3 is for those who are comfortable with converting the ends of nouns depending on whether they are an object of an action, a subject in a sentence, or a mean by which the action is performed (i.e. changing the end of the word library for "I work in a library/I am walking toward a library/I live near a library"). Level 3 students are also comfortable with present and past tense conjugation in Russian, though they may need a review of both concepts. In Level 3, the teacher reviews core concepts from Level 2 and students practice building sentences utilizing all cases of Russian nouns in class discussions. The concepts of future tense, superlative adjectives, and usage of verbs of motion (to go, to drive, to run etc) with prefixes are also introduced. If you are able to easily say things like “My name is John and I have a big family. I live in New York and I am a lawyer. I think about my family in California often” and can answer questions such as “What is your profession? How old are you? What season is it now? What day is it? What date is it? What time is it? and make a small sentence reflexive verbs, i.e. Every morning I wash (myself) and dress (myself) and go to work., then Level 3 is the right level for you.

80% of our students place themselves correctly, so don’t stress about your level. Use these descriptions to determine which level best matches where you’re at in your study of the language and save your spot in a class by enrolling ASAP. Many of our classes fill up weeks in advance - don't get stuck on a waitlist by waiting too long to enroll! Students who find the class they signed up for is too advanced or not advanced enough after the first week or two should talk to their teacher about switching levels. With the teacher's approval, we will transfer you to the correct level of class in the same language you signed up for at no additional cost. Still hesitant about what level you need? Just give us a call and we can help you select the right class!

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Level 3 Group Classes
in Williamsburg

Thursdays 6:00-7:30pm
September 18 - December 18
* Skips November 27
Don't see the level you are looking for or a class that works for your schedule? Be sure to sign up for our email newsletter at the top of this page and we'll notify you when we add new classes!

How do I know which level I am?

Each 20-hour class is a “level” (Level 1, Level 2, etc.) and most students choose to continue on to the next level at the end. If you are an absolute beginner and/or wish to start at the very beginning, you should choose a Level 1 class. Level 2 is for students who are at least a tiny bit familiar with how the language works and have taken at least one class at some point before, even if it was a long time ago.

A Level 2 student can usually struggle through saying something like: "Hello, my name is ___, I live in Brooklyn. I have a cat. My brother is a teacher…"; but would not be able to say more complex things like "I wanted to meet up tonight, but I forgot that you aren't available."

80% of our students place themselves correctly, so don’t stress about your level. Use these descriptions to determine which level best matches where you’re at in your study of the language and save your spot in a class by enrolling ASAP. Many of our classes fill up weeks in advance - don't get stuck on a waitlist by waiting too long to enroll! Students that find the class they signed up for is too advanced or not advanced enough after the first week or two should talk to their teacher about switching levels. With the teacher's approval, we will transfer you to the correct level of class in the same language you signed up for at no additional cost. Still hesitant about what level you need? Just give us a call and we can help you select the right class!

If you want to go ahead and purchase the book(s) required for the course you sign up for so that you have it in time for the first class, but end up changing to a different level class that uses a different book, we are happy to buy the unused new book back from you for no more than the price listed on our website (fluentcity.com/books) for that specific book.

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