SRF Russian classes for adults 2016-17

** For details of Russian and Ukrainian classes run by other organisations please see links at the foot of this page.  You will also find details of language practice offered on Skype.

** Recent press article on why adults make good language students


  • Our classes will resume on the 19th of September.


Enjoy learning Russian in small groups with a professional Russian language tutor. 

Classes will run for 1hr 30mins once a week on a weekday evening. 
Term 1 runs from 19 September to 16 December 2016.

Please contact the course organiser, Natalia Samoilova, for advice on which class would suit you best: tel. 07980004569 or email 

Beginners class. Textbook Ruslan 1 (see Contents here). 
Tutor: Natalia Samoilova
Wednesdays 6.15 - 7.45 pm. Central library in George IV Bridge. 

Pre-Intermediate class. Textbook Ruslan 2 (see Contents and Lesson 1 here). 
Tutor: Natalia Samoilova
Tuesdays 6.15 - 7.45 pm. Central library in George IV Bridge. 

Intermediate class. Textbook Doroga v Rossiju 3, part 1 (see Contents here and a Fragment here
Tutor: Natalia Samoilova
Mondays 6.15 - 7.45 pm. Central library in George IV Bridge. 

Advanced class. Textbook Ruslan 3 (see Contents and Lesson 1 here)
Tutor: Natalia Samoilova
Fridays 6.15 -7.45 pm. Tutor's home

Advanced level Discussion group.
Tutor: Irina Safronova
Thursdays 6.30 - 8.00pm. Tutor's home.
See term dates, different from other groups. 

Some comments from previous years:
"Excellent, patient, thorough, fun", "Excellent, engaging, informed", "Friendly informal style", "Very enjoyable, very well organised", [about the Ruslan textbook] "best of all used before"

All classes except the Discussion group: £156 for 13 week Term 1.
Discussion group: £120 for 10 week Term 1.
Fees to be paid in advance at the first lesson of each term. Cheques payable to the tutors please. We will also accept cash payment.

Please fill in the enrolment form and email it to Natalia at

Other Russian classes may be offered depending on demand
Business Russian
Russian for public examinations such as TRKI*
Individual tuition
Russian weekends

*TRKI - download test papers here: Elementary levelBazovii levelSecond level Third levelFourth level 

Course Organiser/Head Tutor: Dr Natalia Samoilova (PhD St Andrews)
Dr Samoilova has considerable experience of teaching Russian at all levels and has taught at the Universities of Edinburgh, Glasgow and St Andrews. She is a native speaker.
Tutor:  Irina Safronova (MA Moscow State University, MCIL).  Irina has taught Russian and English in Moscow, Strasbourg and Edinburgh and also worked as an interpreter/ translator for various international governmental and non-governmental organisations

Other benefits
All enrolled students will automatically become full members of SRF - reduced rates for SRF meetings, invitations to members-only events, twice yearly magazine, regular email news bulletins, free use of the SRF lending library and many other benefits.

More information
Contact the SRF:, tel. 0131 560 14860131 560 1486.
Contact Natalia Samoilova:, tel.07980004569.

Russian lessons via Skype!
Iulia, a Russian linguist and teacher based in St Petersburg, contacted us to offer SRF members and others free Russian lessons / conversation practice via Skype for a trial period.
Her professional experience includes translation and English language teaching. She is keen to help the work of the SRF, and to find out more about Scotland, its people and language. There will be a charge for lessons at some stage – but for the time being they will be free as Iulia gets to know what learners want.
Please contact the SRF ( or tel. 0131 560 14860131 560 1486) if you would like to find out more.

Other Russian and Ukrainian classes for adults

Please let us know of any classes we have not listed -


Aberdeen University Language Centre
          Kinross Learning Centre (Swansacre, Kinross KY13 8TE): Classes run from mid- September in ten week blocks Tues and Thurs 7-9. Learners of any level welcome. Contact Mhairi Young on email or tel 01337 828338 / 07794 707774 for a chat to discuss your needs.  Mhairi also offers one-to-one, or small group tuition in her home or at that of the student/s.Contact her for a friendly chat to discuss your needs.


The Ukrainian Association offers lessons in Basic Ukrainian & Intermediate Ukrainian at the Ukrainian Club (14 Royal Terrace, Edinburgh EH7 5AB) on Sundays 1400 - 1530.  Anyone wishing to join is welcome to do so.   Contact for more information