Total Dictation is back offline

Apr 08, 2021 at 13:44 •

1100 locations to offer Total Dictation worldwide on 10 April. Within Russia, the dictation will be taken at 708 population centres, and abroad the project will be joined by 200 cities and 59 countries. Each country will select the participation format suitable for it: online, offline or #пишемдома [writeathome].

The Total Dictation global educational project spans 19 time zones on all six continents of the planet. The southernmost point will traditionally be Antarctic, where the event will be joined by the Vostok and Mirny stations, and the northernmost the floating nuclear cogeneration plant in Pevek.

In Russia, Total Dictation will be taken in all states, except for NAO [Nenets Autonomous Okrug].

The event is sponsored in Russian towns by the Charitable Foundation of Elena and Gennady Timchenko, which will help a number of states to provide the venues in towns as well as the village and township libraries with infrastructure for the dictation in the Literacy Fest format. The project has been joined by the Tomsk, Novosibirsk, Penza, Arkhangelsk, Saratov, Irkutsk, Ivanovo, Volgograd and Kemerovo Oblasts, as well as the Republics of Karelia and Buryatia and Khabarovsk Krai.

“This year, the world literacy map shows new names: Total Dictation has been joined by several small but valuable members, among which are urban and rural centres such as Kargopol, Tulun, Uryupinsk, Yuzha and Lokh. The Timchenko Foundation has long been working with the leaders of local communities in those areas, and they have once again proved that you need no special conditions to grow – all you need is willingness to experiment, explore new formats and be curious. The Literacy Fest in towns and villages will also be a family event: the dictation over, the participants of various ages will discuss the film over tea, share their family stories and play party and trivia games. Long story short, they will spend Saturday together, combining business with pleasure”, said Maria Morozova, general director of the Timchenko Foundation.

The event will be offered in 59 countries abroad. The island of Bali has joined the Total Dictation family as recently as this year; the other countries have already been around the block. In countries that are still under lockdown (Estonia, Poland, France, China, Canada, India, Japan, Kazakhstan, Czechia, Spain, Germany etc.), the dictation will be offered mostly in ZOOM. The opportunity to gather together is available to the residents of Myanmar, Malaysia, Turkey, Israel, Australia and a number of other countries.

#пишемдома locations will be set up in more than 250 cities in Russia and elsewhere in the world.

Foreigners studying the Russian language will be able to write a TruD test, which will be offered on the same day as Total Dictation for the sixth time now. This year, the opportunity to use the facilities of the dictation’s kid brother is available to the residents of 175 cities in 49 countries.

We remind you that: an online marathon will take place on 10 April. It will feature Dmitry Glukhovsky, the author of the text of Total Dictation, film critic Anton Dolin, sports commentator Viktor Gusev, Ilya Chukalin, head of the Presidential Grants Foundation, philologist Svetlana Guryanova, Lana Vlady, director of the Promises film, Vladimir Maslov, the film’s producer, actors Natalia Chumburidze and Pavel Chinarev, Boris Iomdin, Russian language consultant at Yandex, and Igor Loshits, head of data journalism at Yandex.

Live streaming will be available on the Total Dictation website at, on the Всем диктант в Яндекс.Дзене channel or on our YouTube channel.

The Total Dictation online marathon 2021 is sponsored by Yandex.