When learning a new word I like to see typical usage examples. The sort of thing you find in a good dictionary. However, even my big old Oxford Russian dictionary had nothing for вовлечь, for example, and in any case I can't carry that around with me.

I have tried searching ruscorpora.ru but it's hard to find examples that are simple enough for me to understand.

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    When I have troubles with English words usage, I just google them :)
    – Quassnoi
    Commented Jun 23, 2012 at 12:56
  • If you can't find simple enough examples elsewhere and are desperate, a good place to request simple realistic examples is the Russian Stackexchange! Commented Jun 23, 2012 at 13:22
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    @ArmenTsirunyan Очень крутой сайт!
    – z7sg Ѫ
    Commented Jun 23, 2012 at 13:36

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Try searching at http://tatoeba.org/ - the examples are crowdsourced so you might come upon some inconsistencies every once in a while but it is still a formidable resource.

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    I wonder if they thought of a Russian section when picking the domain name...
    – Quassnoi
    Commented Jun 23, 2012 at 14:17
  • The site was initially Japanese-English only, hence the name (たとえば, tatoeba, 'for example') and the prevalence of Japanese base sentences from the extensive Tanaka corpus in their database, but they are quickly expanding other languages as well. Commented Jun 23, 2012 at 17:50

First of all, try to go to Google or Yandex (yandex.ru is the biggest search engine in Russia).

Also, the site Master Russian has realistic example sentences for common Russian words.


The best place to find typical usage examples is National Russian Corpora - www. ruscorpora.ru or - in english http://ruscorpora.ru/en/index.html Mind that you can customize subcorpora ( if you need modern usage for example), or search collocations or grammatical patterns. You can also download results or see them in Key-word-in-context view.

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