Learn some Ukrainian!


Some languages get all the resources and attention- Ukrainian, unfortunately, is not one of them. Lack of learning material aside, it's certainly a beautiful language and worth the effort to learn. (Hint: sadly, you can't learn it simply by watching movies. I tried that.)

Why learn Ukrainian? 
  •  it's pretty cool (see image below)
"Ukrainian makes you successful."
  • you'll get to actually (eventually) communicate like an adult with people instead of pantomime awkwardly
  • being able to read the language, even at a very basic level, will be a huge help when you visit Ukraine. Does that door say push or pull? Does that sign say open or closed?
  • you'll be miles kilometers ahead when it comes to learning a similar language like Russian or Polish. To misquote what one guy said in this thread- "then you can later take advantage of the 'buy one, get the second at a discount' fun of Slavic languages." 
  • tell me your reason in the comment section below : )


If you're ready to get started, here are some free resources to help you learn Ukrainian. This list is what I've found / used.... please add to it if you find another useful site or book!

Vocab


One Minute Ukrainian is great if you're just starting out and crunched for time.

Free phone app to learn your first 6,000 words in Ukrainian. I've got a non smart-phone (a dumb phone?) so haven't been able to try this myself yet. Let me know how it goes for you.

АБВ? It's the Ukrainian alphabet song!

Loecsen 17 categories of basic phrases with audio.

A Taste of Ukraine offers a short slideshow of English / Ukrainian cognates. No audio. Use the play button when viewing to see the cognates- the fast forward will skip over them.

Ukrainian Power: Interactive children's games in Ukrainian. Come on, you know you wanna be a kid again ;) Try the zoo animal quiz.

Learn Ukrainian with Roman is an easy way to bring more of the language into your life if you use Facebook.

Peace Corps Ukraine 23 pages of survival Ukrainian. Go here for the audio. When you're ready to level up, consider applying to serve in-country.

Funky Ukrainian Free demos include lots of vocab + listening test. 



Reading


Ukrinform: Ukraine-centric news in English, Ukrainian, plus 4 other languages.

Read Ukrainian: Online reading course, starting with the alphabet.

Ukrainian Grammar Should you dare...



Listening


Easy Ukrainian: street interviews- need I say more?

Okean Elzy is a famous and beloved Ukrainian band. I've linked their name to my favorite song. Also good: Kishka and the recent single Not Your War.

Verka Serduchka- a cultural icon of Ukraine.


Websites


Ukrainian Language for Beginners is sponsored by a Kyiv university and has 11 comprehensive lessons.

Duolingo currently has a free Ukrainian course in beta. Also of interest: this discussion among their users on learning Ukrainian vs learning Russian.

Livemocha offers free courses in both beginning and intermediate Ukrainian.

Mango Languages has a Ukrainian course. If you live in the US or Canada, you may be able to access the course for free through your local public library.

Reddit Ukrainian: good place to look for new resources and tips.



Motivation : )



Bonus! Easy Cognates 



Once you've got the basics of the alphabet down, these signs should be a piece of cake for you. As should this odd Pepsi advertising campaign.

Бажаю успіхів! :) I wish you success!


Again, if you find a cool free resource for learning Ukrainian, please leave a link below so I can add it to this list. Дякую! 

4 comments:

  1. Hi Crazy about Ucraine! Useful list you have compiled here.

    I suggest http://www.funkyukrainian.com/learnukrainian/vocab/ Free vocab builder with audio.

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  2. Hi Catherine,

    Your blog is beautiful and very interesting. I specially enjoyed the part about Nicaragua. I have never been to American continent. I would like to travel there once.

    Learning Slavic language is not easy. Why are you decided to learn Ukrainian?

    Thank you again for visiting my blog.

    Sincerely,

    Bayarmaa

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    1. Hi Bayarmaa!

      Thank you for coming by :)

      I think Ukrainian is a cool language and I tried to learn some when we lived in Ukraine. I didn't learn very much, but I learned a lot of Russian (since everyone spoke Russian). I think it's easier to learn Ukrainian now, because more people choose to use the language for patriotic reasons.

      Keep up your English studies :) You're doing great!

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