This page is for parents and older children. For resources to use with your children, look in the Bookstore in the Russian Language and Children's Language sections. There you will find books to teach your child English, Russian, and Russian/English dictionaries. For a page with a massive number of links, go to Super Russian Resources .
Online Machine Translators for Russian
The following links take you to online translator sites; it will open in a new window making it easier to paste in the web address to be translated: Promt , Babel Fish , World Lingo , Free Translation and TranslateToGo (free, but you must register to use it). These online translators can either translate web pages or text that you type in. In addition to these sites, Rustran , Dictionary.com , Reverso and ImTranslator will also translate text online.
If you use any of the online translators to translate text, translate it back into English to double-check the translation; sometimes you aren't really saying what you want to and you need to change your wording to get the desired meaning. Do not use these online translators for any official paperwork, other than perhaps labeling pictures, as they are not that accurate. They don't handle idioms or slang well, so simplify what you are trying to say. In order for text translations to properly display, you will need a Cyrillic font installed on your computer; see the section below for help with this.
How to read Cyrillic on your computer
Russify Everything : links to sources.
Resources for Adoptive Parents
The only Russian language guide written specifically for adoptive families is Adopting from Russia, a Language and Parenting Guide, by Teresa Kelleher. It consists of a 45-minute, professionally recorded CD and 67-page handbook (20 pages of language info; 40+ pages with tons of practical info). You order it directly from the author. See the order form for further details. Even though I adopted an infant, I wish I had gotten this tape to make more of an attempt at communicating while I was in Kazakhstan.
The EEAC web site has a free 19 page phrase book in Russian. To get a copy, send a blank e-mail to EEAC ; don't put anything in the subject line or in the body of the text box. You should receive the Word file back within a few minutes.
Russia-adoptive traveler vocabulary cardset is a set of index cards with words and phrases written in English, Russian, and phonetically spelled.
FRUA : simple Russian phrases - talking to children.
Words to Know on a Ukraine adoption site; has distracting animated graphics and background music that you can't turn off.
Russian Phrases for Children is similar to Adopting from Russia above; includes a CD and phrase book with Cyrillic, English, and phonetic spelling. They also sell a version for Bulgarian and Ukrainian.
Books, Audio and Video
You will find many dictionary and language programs in the Bookstore on the Russian Language page.
Bilingual Baby by Small Fry Productions. DVD/VHS, children ages 1-5. "Your child will only hear RUSSIAN on this video. Russian words appear on screen to help readers and to reinforce what they see and hear. Small on-screen words appear in English so parents and older siblings can learn too!"
Unforgettable Languages uses the "Linkword Method", has CD-ROM and downloadable courses.
Russian Language Lessons for Peace Corp volunteers in Kazakhstan.