I have a proficiency level of A1 in Russian and I'm looking forward to improve it. One way I imagine could be beneficial, would be listening everyday to native speakers in the form of podcasts, for example. Is there a repository of resources someone at my level can download and listen to and can "reasonably" understand (as in: I don't expect to understand 100% of the content and even if it's a bit out of my level that would be ok)?

  • It would be helpful to have some background infos, like where you are?
    – badbishop
    Dec 14, 2019 at 10:02
  • what do you mean with "where you are"?
    – Lennox
    Dec 14, 2019 at 17:29
  • I mean your location. There are many places on the planet with substantial Russian-speaking population. Germany is one example. If, for instance, you were in Karlsruhe, you could just go to Werderplatz and listen and talk to native Russian speakers without any podcasts.
    – badbishop
    Dec 15, 2019 at 8:49
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    @badbishop you can't really expect a beginner to go to a market and start chatting with natives. Typical A1 learners are still struggling with simple conversations in a controlled environment of a class led by professional teacher.
    – Milo Bem
    Dec 19, 2019 at 13:23
  • @MiloBem: If a "beginner" is at A1 level already, I see no problem. I've learned German at Goethe Institut starting at about A1, and the first rule was: no other language in the class other than German. Yes, it's painful in the beginning, but no pain - no gain. On the other hand, if you learn textbook Russian, you will speak textbook Russian (which will immediately identify you as a foreigner). The way most Russians speak English proves my point (just in reverse).
    – badbishop
    Dec 20, 2019 at 8:45


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