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Russian and Ukrainian

So i have decided to learn both of these languages as I want to challenge myself with another language and not just danish....WHAT THE HELL! Both of these languages have already gotten me scared off and its only the first basics. I have no idea what is going on with either of them. They are both so difficult. I didnt want to go for swedish, dutch, french or german yet as they seem similar to danish and/or they are so close to denmark. Does anybody have any tips???

2 years ago

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https://www.duolingo.com/Neon_Iceberg
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The tips you can find below the lessons:

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If you know Russian you will not have to learn Ukrainian, because they are really similar. There are the same grammar, the same word order, most of the words are similar. You just have to learn several groups of new words and voila - you have learned Ukrainian language. Just check this out - one song in Russian and Ukrainian:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JujvW0cB0hY

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hRTcKSAiAJw

The text of the song is slightly different, but the similarities can be understood

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/grey236
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Well they are similar languages so I would recommend doing one first and then doing the other. But what exactly is hard? Is it the grammar, words, or pronunciation? I mean, you gotta take that first leap when learning a language to decide if you want to continue or not. I couldn't do that for Danish, obviously you could; so do the same for Ukrainian OR Russian (for now, don't do both)

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/livvyyy97

thankyou, i decided to just keep trying through the first part of russian and its not as bad as i thought, i think its just that it is so different i freaked out at the difference. thankyou

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/grey236
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You're welcome :)

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/anitramwaju
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I would indeed advise you not to do the two at the same time.

For me Ukrainian seems easier than Russian. Not meaning the language is easier — I don't know that — but the Duolingo course seems easier because they choose not to introduce too many difficult grammatical concepts and to help you understand and be understood without necessarily using perfectly correct sentences.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Theron126
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I would very strongly recommend learning Russian first unless you have a special interest in Ukraine. I don't know that one is easier than the other, but it is far easier to find helpful resources for Russian. Also if you only learn one Slavic language, Russian is the most widely understood.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/anitramwaju
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And also, maybe they don't like it but most people speaking Ukrainian also speak Russian…

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Theron126
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Yes, that was part of what I had in mind saying Russian is more widely understood. Though as you say they may not like it, but maybe it makes a difference if you make an effort to learn at least basic phrases in Ukrainian. That seems like basic politeness anyway.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/msgur
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I can understand 90% of Ukrainian language without learning it

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Theron126
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Yes, and I can understand a fair amount too, but that doesn't mean I can actually speak it. If I was going there I would try to learn to say as much as I can in Ukrainian rather than Russian.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/livvyyy97

Thankyou everyone that commented on this, I decided to choose Russian as they are both so similar and as you said, Russian is most widely understood. Russian is better than english if i went over there as i have tried, and learning some ukrainian sentences should be easier when i know russian. thankyou so all of you xx

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Libramanto

Russian and Ukrainian are very similar, actually. If you don't want to be confused, then you have to learn one of the languages first.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/sple00
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How does Belarusian relate to Ukrainian and Russian? Easy to understand too or completely different?

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/msgur
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It is very close to Ukrainian. But almost all Belarusians use Russian

2 years ago