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Why is Ukrainian so neglected?

TseDanylo
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Hi. I'm wondering, why don't more people learn Ukrainian? Sure, Russian's great and all. But Ukrainian is so melodic, it allows so many vowels in its words. It's completely phonetic and like Latin languages, it doesn't like having many consonants together. It's also very easy to pronounce with only a few strange sounds and combinations such as "kh, szcz/shch, vzh, vcz/vch" but apart from that it's relatively easy. The alphabet is phonetic and I'm half way down the tree and I've only come across four/five irregular verbs and extremely few irregular case endings. To have is formed with to be, as is the future tense. So please people, give Ukrainian a try it is one of the most spoken Slavic languages. It's estimated to have 40-60 million speakers!

2 years ago

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https://www.duolingo.com/PolyglAna
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Thank you. I've tried Russian many times, but it just wasn't for me. I'm loving Ukrainian, though.

Edit: Maybe you should move this to the general forum so more people will see it. Everyone on this forum is probably already learning Ukrainian.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/PotatoSanta
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I like the language and the course except there is so much for them to fix while it is still in beta. I am often put off by the number of correct sentences that are not accepted

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Irusejka
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To have in Ukrainian is "мати". Я маю, ти маєш, він має, ми маємо, ви маєте, вони мають. Isn't it included in the course? The is also a form "у мене є". But both ways of saying "I have" are used often, so you need to know both.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/TseDanylo
TseDanylo
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Dyakuju

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Irusejka
Irusejka
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Нема за що)

2 years ago

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I would say the reason a lot of people don't learn Ukrainian is because it isn't all that important to them. Ukraine is not a very internationally important country and unless you know someone Ukrainian there is little point to learn it. Generally people looking towards Eastern Europe would learn Russian because of its bigger international recognition. There is also the fact that with it seeming like Russia is invading Ukraine in Western Media, I am sure a lot of people are not keen on setting up a vacation home in Ukraine.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/LICA98
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1) people don't want to bother learning another alphabet

2) the majority of those who do, choose to learn Russian instead

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/TseDanylo
TseDanylo
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Or Chinese :)

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/LICA98
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well I meant the majority who choose to learn Cyrillic learn Russian, but yes, Chinese would probably be more popular than Ukrainian

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/TseDanylo
TseDanylo
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Thanks for your honesty :D

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/JasonT0
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Also,resources are harder to come by in study this language especially compared to other Slavic languages. It is worth the effort but it difficult finding courses to study online.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/TseDanylo
TseDanylo
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True :)

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/somelauw
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I think the Ukrainian course is great and it is also one of the few courses that uses a real human voice. The reasons that it is not more popular are probably because it is still a difficult language to learn for English speakers and that it is only spoken in Ukraine by half the population only. I have stopped doing both courses, however if Russian would switch to a human voice, I will consider picking it up again.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/SteveLando
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I am only at the beginning of both those languages but I could absolutely recommend doing both languages at the same time, just like doing swedish-norweigen simultanesly.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/carloscids
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Isn't it confusing though? Do you mix them up?

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/SteveLando
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just slightly, it is rather a help to remembering and learning.

2 years ago
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