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Why should you learn Russian?

I’d love to learn Russian, but I simply don’t have time.

There aren’t any local Russian lessons nearby.

I don’t have the confidence to learn Russian – I hear it’s really hard.

Do these sound like the excuses you’ve given yourself recently?  If so… stop!  The VICI Language Academy is here to convince you that, whether you want to learn basic conversational Russian or improve your existing Russian listening skills, we can help

We totally understand why you’d want to learn Russian! It’s one of the world’s most spoken languages, not just in Russia, but also in Belarus, Ukraine, Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Moldova, Latvia, Lithuania, Estonia and Israel! It’s an important language for science and technology and speaking Russian can yield valuable business opportunities. Russian is also an incredibly beautiful language – and with so much to see and do in its gigantic territory, you can guarantee that speaking a little Russian will enable you to meet all sorts of fascinating people and make the most of every moment you spend there.

So, why come to us for your Russian journey?  At the heart of the VICI approach is a firm belief that the best way to learn Russian is through teaching methods that have been tailored to you. And while there is nothing wrong with programmes like Pimsleur, Rosetta Stone or Preply, for those who are looking to learn Russian fast, there simply is no one-size-fits-all-solution: the best programme to learn Russian is one that has been personalised to your own learning and personality type.

We understand that nobody learns in exactly the same way. Everyone is unique. As such, every facet of our offering is orientated towards your needs. We don’t follow a rigid curriculum which only works for some students – instead our methodology centres around understanding your specific needs, desires, and linguistic objectives.

We know that our clients are looking for the best way to learn Russian, which is why our coaches get to know your preferred learning style – so that they can adapt their methodology to ensure it’s being delivered in the style that will be most effective for you.

Whether you’re looking for private Russian coaching, group classes or an online Russian course, we have exactly what you’re looking for.  And no matter whether you want to learn Russian for adults or Russian for children, we can promise you that all our coaches are native speakers, chosen carefully for their excellent linguistic capabilities and passion for what they do.

Our coaches utilise a communicative approach, which gives a very natural and hands-on experience of the language and is proven to help students become more confident in much less time.  And we advocate something called blended learning – a methodology that uses technology to combine both in-class and out-of-class learning. Doing this maximises the educational impact for students of all backgrounds and circumstances.

And it goes without saying that we can work at any level from the most basic Russian course to ongoing advanced Russian lessons.  We can even help if you’re already fluent in Russian and simply want an opportunity to use your skills.

It goes without saying that we can work at any level from the most basic Russian course to ongoing advanced Russian lessons.  We even organise free cultural and linguistic events throughout the year so if you’re already fluent in Russian and simply want to keep your hand in, we have something to offer you.

We offer the flexibility of learning online or at the Academy – or a mix of both!  Our beautiful premises are situated next to the scenic River Kennet in the Royal County of Berkshire, and if you want to learn Russian in Newbury, there’s no more picturesque spot. The Academy has several learning environments, with big screens in the classrooms, comfortable seating and lots of resources.

And finally, because we know that value for money is important, while you can’t learn Russian for free, we do provide a FREE 30-minute consultation to new clients, which allows us to understand lots more about you. Furthermore, all our customers are protected by the VICI Money Back Guarantee, completely unheard of in the language industry!

Our customers mean everything to us. Without them, there would be no VICI, it’s as simple as that. It’s something we remind ourselves of every single day. So to ensure we’re offering the best of the best, we have a Customer Care Promise: 27 things that we promise to deliver our customers.

We have a team of personal language programme advisors who can advise you what we offer that will best suit you – simply contact us with your details so we can arrange a chat with a dedicated language advisor to get you on the right path.

Interesting facts about Russian:


Russian has over 258 million total speakers worldwide, and is the most spoken Slavic language, the most spoken native language in Europe, as well as the most geographically widespread language of Eurasia.

The Cyrillic alphabet has 33 letters; 10 vowels, 21 consonants, and 2 that have no sound. It can be written in capitals, lowercase, and Cyrillic cursive.

Russian is the language of space, with astronauts having to learn it as part of their training. Furthermore, the computer system of the ISS uses both English and Russian!

Russian names consist of a first name, a family name, and a patronymic name, which is the father’s name plus the ending -ovich for a son and -ovna for a daughter. So, if a father named Ivan has a son and a daughter, his son’s patronymic name will be Ivanovich and his daughter’s will be Ivanovna.

The Russian language has more expressions for shades of blue than most other languages. It splits the descriptions into light shades (голубой) and dark shades (синий).

A lifelong love of languages...

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