Kira's Page
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I used to teach Russian at the university level, and when I did, my students knew me as Ки́ра.  I miss those days!  But I created this page so I could keep in touch with all of you non-native speakers who are learning Russian today (teachers included!)  


Send me links of you reading a passage before and after you complete this mini-course, or a link to a video of you singing (or speaking the lyrics of) one of the seven songs featured in Unlocking Russian Pronunciation, and I may post your videos here!

Be sure to include the first names of all the people in your video and your location and/or school affiliation if you have one.  If you have audio files only, you could post them on YouTube with a title or still photo serving as the image and send me a url.  


If you are reading a passage, please try to choose one that does not have copyright restrictions.  May I suggest Pushkin's "Я вас любил: любовь ещё, быть может..."  I've included it on this page for your convenience.  It's a beautiful and beloved poem, expressing unselfish love, and it's short, and it contains lots of phonetic intricacies - it really does cover all the bases!

Looking forward to seeing what you guys do!!!

Я вас люби́л: любо́вь ещё, быть мо́жет…

Алекса́ндр Серге́евич Пу́шкин

Я вас люби́л: любо́вь ещё, быть мо́жет,

В душе́ мое́й уга́сла не совсе́м;

Но пусть она́ вас бо́льше не трево́жет;

Я не хочу́ печа́лить вас ниче́м.

Я вас люби́л безмо́лвно, безнаде́жно,

То ро́бостью, то ре́вностью томи́м;

Я вас люби́л так и́скренно, так не́жно,

Как дай вам Бог люби́мой быть други́м.

Журна́л «Се́верные цветы́», 1830

Befores & Afters
Before or After
Will this be you?
Don't be shy!
Northern Virginia
Student Songs
Your video could be here!
And yours, too!