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Learn idioms that express emotions, whether you are annoyed, indignant, delighted bored or happy – or just wanting to say that you are in a hurry. We will look at idioms that use similar words or structures, but have different meanings and will practise how to use them in everyday speech. Join this course to speak Russian more naturally and confidently!


The aim of this course is to teach and activate in speech the most-used idioms in conversational Russian.

Idioms are the ornamentation of any language and make up a significant part of our daily speech. We use them without thinking to express feelings, or to express how we feel about a situation.

We present «Russian Idioms», a course intended for students at level A2 who wish to expand their vocabulary. By taking this course, you will not only understand conversational Russian with ease, but also use the idioms on your own, which will make your speech rich and free.


Lesson 1. Idioms that express emotions

During our first lesson, we will look at the idioms we use when we are in a hurry, as well as some idioms used to express annoyance, boredom, and happiness. For example, выйти из себя, не по себе, прыгать от радости and so on.

Lesson 2. Similar words, different meanings

In the second lesson we will discuss idioms that start with the same words, but differ in use. For example, во весь голос, во весь дух, во все глаза, and so on. We will also discuss the idioms used to talk about deception, idioms that contain comparisons with animals and their meaning.

Lesson 3. Similar structures, different meanings

The third lesson is devoted to idioms that have some similarities in form, but not always the same meaning. For example, ни слуху ни духу, ни стыда ни совести, держать нос по ветру, держать руку на пульсе, and so on.

Lesson 4. More idioms that express emotion

In the fourth lesson, we study idioms that we use to more fully express delight and indignation. Find out which idioms to use when you like something, when you feel uncomfortable, if you are doing something quickly. For example, ничего себе, нет слов, вот это да, одним махом, and ничего подобного.

Lesson 5. Idioms for specific purposes

In our fifth lesson, we examine idioms that we use when we are exhausted, when it's not a good idea to hurry, and when something is close to us. We will also discuss the most frequently used idioms, such as в двух шагах, время терпит, да нет, лучше не надо and so on.


Melnik Oksana | Russian teacher

Education: Kyiv Linguistic University

«I graduated from Kyiv Linguistic University and majored in English Philology.

Have 10 years experience as a private teacher of English and Russian as a foreign language.

From 2019, I have been working as a teacher at the language school NovaMova»


  • 5 hours of distance learning in Adobe Connect or Zoom in a group with a teacher;
  • 5 hours of distance learning on the platform Canvas - student works individually. After every lesson, complete practical exercises on this learning platform to reinforce your knowledge
  • 1 hour bonus lesson: summarize material, question-answer with teacher in a group;
  • class size is limited to 6;
  • access to all course materials;
  • certificate of completion.


  • Start Dates:
    • 17 May (2 weeks)
    • 07 June (2 weeks)
  • Online group lessons are run three times per week on weekdays during the two-week period.
  • Timing is approximately between 18.00 and 21.30 Kyiv time.
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