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VOA Launches Internet-Based English Learning Program for Russian Speakers

VOA Launches Internet-Based English Learning Program for Russian Speakers

Free interactive site provides glimpse into everyday American life along with lessons.

Voice of America has a new on-line destination for Russian speakers who want to learn English.

The Russian edition of VOA’s popular language learning program is now on-line and it is loaded with useful tools that makes learning English fun, and easy. The program is free.

What makes so popular is that users get a glimpse into everyday American life, while learning things they might need if they were traveling or studying in the United States. The site, which also has editions for Farsi and Mandarin speakers, is interactive and users can download lessons and information for use later or to share with friends.

The site is aimed at Russian speakers who have some knowledge of English, but are interested in learning how it is spoken in everyday American life. It also includes forums, blogs and group pages to allow users to dig deeper into American society through conversation.

Students use a headset and microphone to converse with avatars in the lessons. Each lesson has phrases and sentences along with short exams. As users become more advanced they hear more English and less of their own language.

VOA Director Danforth W. Austin says, “The Russian version of is just the latest example in an expanding array of digital learning tools that visitors can find on our websites.” Austin says, “ is one more way for VOA, which employs an all-digital strategy to reach out to Internet users in Russia and the former Soviet Republics, to engage young Russians interested in dialog with Americans.”

VOA’s Russian Service has become a popular on-line destination since it went all-digital. In January, there were more than 1 million visits to the Russian website. For more about Voice of America or for the latest English language news, visit our website at