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How to “Google”, or Perform an Internet Search, in Russian Effectively Posted by on Aug 13, 2014 in General reference article, language

If you are trying to improve your Russian by searching for content in Russian online, you might be having a hard time finding what you are looking for. If you haven’t considered watching/reading Russian content online for improving your Russian, you definitely should. Immersion, immersion, and… immersion is one of the best ways to master any language!

 

The key challenges to in the matter are

1. Using the right Russian words and

2. Having at least some knowledge about Russian search engines and major content aggregators.

Today I will give you some tips and links to make the task of finding the right type of Russian content more fruitful and enjoyable.

USING THE RIGHT WORDS

Choosing the right search words  can be challenging even in your own language. You should keep your query (words that go into the search bar) as short and as specific as possible.

-Figure out what words you want to use in English.

-Translate the words into Russian using Google Translate (or another similar application).

-Copy and paste the Russian words into your search bar.

-Go over search results.

Tip 1! Do not try to use sentences if you do not know how to change the word endings properly. Using individual relevant words or several words might give you better results.

Tip 2! Do not use English letters to spell Russian words. You can always copy/paste translated Russian text into your search bar if you don’t have a Russian keyboard. You can also use an online keyboard, like this one, to type exactly what you want using Russian letters.

USING SEARCH ENGINES AND MAJOR CONTENT AGGREGATORS

Google has certainly done a lot of work in Russia. It is becoming more and more popular with the Russian population. With that said, I believe you can rely on google.ru to perform an accurate search in Russian. I would not say the same about Bing, Yahoo or any other non-Russian search engine. If you are comfortable enough to perform a search through a native Russian engine, I would recommend using yandex.ru or rambler.ru.

Content aggregators, particularly the ones with a lot of videos, like rutube.ru, can be a great place to find all kinds of videos on a subject of your choosing. Russian “Facebook”, vkontakte.ru, is also a great place to improve your Russian if you join a few interest groups and try to participate in the discussions.  

 

 

 

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About the Author: Jenya

Born in Russia, I spent the first twenty years of my life in Orenburg, Russia and Mogilev, Belarus. For the last eleven years, I've lived in New Hampshire and Michigan, US. While I continue to absorb and adapt to American culture, I am always thrilled to share my Russian heritage with those who find it interesting. Travel, photography and art play a special part in my life. Twitter: @iamnx2u


Comments:

  1. mike:

    Interesting post, Jenya. I have found that when I search google with cyrillic I always get something useful back. But I’ve often wondered which is better, drop noun/verb endings or use the nominative case/infinitive. Do you know of a site that gives search advice to native Russian speakers?

  2. Jenya:

    Thank you Mike! This Russian article gives a pretty detailed explanation of best internet search practices: http://www.burusov.ru/text5.htm

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