Usage of numbers in Russian

I read a message from Lewis who appeals to Russian members of lingQ to record some content which could help learners of Russian to deal with everyday usage of numbers. I think that’s a good idea and I can record some patterns, but before I do it, I need some feedback from other Russian learners.

  1. Do you need another text with counting from 1 to 20 forward and backward?
  2. Should this recording be like this:

1 один
Один как перст.
Один раз живём.
Один в поле не воин.
Дайте билет на одну поездку, пожалуйста.

2 два
Дважды два равно четыре.
Ум хорошо, а два лучше.
Они предлагают два билета по цене одного.
Двух смертей не бывает, а одной не миновать.

3 три
Третий - лишний.
Было у отца три сына.
Трижды три - девять.
Три тополя на Плющихе.

Or it would be better if every number will go in separate texts? Give me your personal opinion, please!

Just to be understood more clearly, it was 2 questions about 2 different texts.

Hey Dimitry,

Thanks for making a start on this.
I think it would be useful for all learners of Russian to hear different inflections of one number in each text (showing different uses of cardinal / ordinal / gender / genitive singular/plural etc). And possibly a more advanced set showing the the different ways adjectives and nouns are affected ? I’m not too clear because I’ve only just started to learn, but something like female nouns in gen.plural have the adjective in singlar. nominative?


I have little trouble with numbers that have one or two digits, perhaps even three, but beyond that hopeless. What would be useful would be a list of important historical events with their dates, just a list.

Columbus reaches America 1492
Russian Revolution October 1917
French Revolution 1789


Also fake phone numbers

or large numbers from economic reports, budgets, trade statistic etc.

Also series on verbs of motion, possibly done in a point of view manner. In other words more or less the same text, with

He went to France in order to see his friend. He always goes to France. I go to work on foot. He goes to work by subway. He went to work and returned early.

He always brings his tools to work. He brought his tools to work.

Also series with imperfective and perfective forms of verbs in point of view series or just as phrases.

There is a lot there to keep you busy. There is no rush, and whatever you do will be appreciated. Thanks in advance.

Thank for your answers, I’ll do my best for creating this collection, but of course it should be done calmly and deliberately.