If you’re just learning to read Russian you probably need help HEARING how the words are supposed to sound. The problem is when you’re first learning to read, you need it slowed down, like, REALLY slowed down. That’s what this video will help you to do.

If you’re dying to know what you’re saying, you’ll find the translation of the text below as well as information about the beautiful illustrations by a Russian artist named Ivan Bilibin.

Happy practicing! It will get easier, I promise!

R Сказка о царе Салтане Translation

Find the FULL POEM with a side by side English translation here.

After you’ve read the whole poem you’ll love watching the cartoon version of it

Bilibin’s style is typical of Art Nouveau with an embrace of the Slavic. He illustrated my Russian fairytales and his work is so charming. I never get sick of looking at it.

You can find a gallery of his work here.

Here are a few of the illustrations from Сказка о царе Салтане