23 апреля 2024


This article presents five common mistakes that learners of Russian as a foreign language make. These mistakes can hinder comprehension and lead to misunderstandings.


Learning Russian, like any other language, can be both fascinating and challenging. Learners of Russian often make errors that can impede their comprehension. This article identifies and discusses five of the most frequent mistakes observed in Russian learners.

1. Incorrect Case Usage:
Russian is a case-rich language, and correct case usage is crucial for grammatical accuracy. Learners often struggle with case selection, which can lead to misunderstandings.

  • Incorrect: "Я купил в магазин." (I bought in the store.)
  • Correct: "Я купил в магазине." (I bought in the store.)

2. Faulty Preposition Usage:
Prepositions play a significant role in conveying meaning in Russian. Learners frequently encounter difficulty choosing the appropriate preposition, which can alter the sentence's meaning.

  • Incorrect: "Я иду на дом." (I am going on the house.)
  • Correct: "Я иду домой." (I am going home.)

3. Agreement Errors:
In Russian, nouns, adjectives, and verbs must agree in gender, number, and case. Learners often make agreement errors, which can render their speech ungrammatical.

  • Incorrect: "Красивый машина едет." (The beautiful car drives.)
  • Correct: "Красивая машина едет." (The beautiful car is driving.)

4. Stress Misplacement:
Stress in Russian can significantly change the meaning of a word. Learners frequently misplace stress, which can make their speech unintelligible.

  • Incorrect: "СпасибО́" (pronounced as "spah-see-BO")
  • Correct: "СпасИ́бо" (pronounced as "spah-SEE-ba")

5. Incorrect Aspect Usage:

Russian has two aspects: perfective and imperfective. learners often confuse these aspects, which can change the meaning of the sentence.

  • Incorrect: "Я читаю книгу." (in the sense of "I have already read the book".)
  • Correct: "Я прочитал книгу." (I have read the book.)


Learning Russian is a process that requires time and effort. Do not be afraid to make mistakes; learn from them and continue improving your language skills.


  • Study cases, prepositions, and agreement rules.
  • Practice pronunciation of Russian sounds, including stress placement.
  • Expand your vocabulary and learn to distinguish between similar-sounding words.
  • Communicate with native speakers to gain practice and improve your fluency.


  • Bondarko, L. V. (2007). Russian Language: Textbook for Foreigners. Moscow: Russian Language.
  • Formanovskaya, N. I. (2008). Russian as a Foreign Language: Theory and Practice. Moscow: Academia.
  • Shvedova, N. Yu. (2006). Russian Language: Grammar Reference Book. Moscow: AST.


  • The article uses examples from colloquial speech.
  • The article does not present all possible mistakes that Russian learners may make.

Author: Irina Kravtsova
Methodologist of educational programs
Russian Language School project
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