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Russian vs. Ukrainian

Hello everyone! Welcome back our next challenge of the Versus Series is Russian vs. Ukrainian!!! So, we just finished the qualifiers for the Germanic languages now we are on to the Slavic languages qualifiers!

In case you are unfamiliar with this challenge here is the discussion were we talked about it: https://www.duolingo.com/comment/25125242


We are going to put each language to challenge each other in 3 categories. 1. How it sounds (spoken) 2. How is sings (sung) 3. How it looks (written)

Now, what you have to do is vote! Choose who's your winner in this round. DON'T FORGET: we would like you to write in great detail why you chose the language you voted for. Let's start!

Russian -

  1. Spoken: https://youtu.be/znImZS4ZRdw
  2. Sung: https://youtu.be/64M9-B9ICJg
  3. Written: Все люди рождаются свободными и равными в своем достоинстве и правах. Они наделены разумом и совестью и должны поступать в отношении друг друга в духе братства.

Ukrainian -

  1. Spoken: https://youtu.be/BtbvY_6qQTI
  2. Sung: https://youtu.be/dL-9QgWyefw
  3. Written: Всі люди народжуються вільними і рівними у своїй гідності та правах. Вони наділені розумом і совістю і повинні діяти у відношенні один до одного в дусі братерства.
November 16, 2017



Русский весь день!


Ukrainian! Because it sounds beautiful when sung


I like both, but overall I prefer Ukrainian. It just sounds more beautiful to my ears :)


Also, if you guys have any suggestions for a better song please tell me!


Definitely Russian!


Personally I prefer Один в каное https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_FZS8MWJt78 Океан Ельзи is really popular these days, but I prefer 'softer' sounding music, which also really shows how much smoother and more beautiful Ukrainian is. In case it isn't clear from this, I vote for Ukrainian

EDIT: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zdfl0_7pnZY


If you like softer music in Ukrainian, I'd suggest Друга Ріка too. I find it a bit difficult to classify their music but "soft rock" ought to do.

Link to one of their songs, "Три хвилини": https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ok7KOkjZmHA


If you don't mind a suggestion, it might be helpful to compare Spoken and Sung categories with examples that are similar in type. News Reporting to News Reporting, Informal Speaking to Informal Speaking, etc, and not one against the other. That way they are on more equal footing. I'm seeing that finding good, even examples is rather difficult, however.


Russian: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3xCgHxwwaZkindex=1list=PLYXbXY1-PaZTERkpTO4-zMasgf6JpRvLT

Russian: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j3yJsyFc_SA

Russian: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w2P6MG5NWeg

Ukrainian (I hope): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xt1itSWpsME

Ukrainian: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h_a3sOA4JoU


Russian: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bh6Zsvto0g8

Ukrainian: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zgTf8BS7Qxk


Thank you for your examples. It's just hard to find good examples but I see what your saying. Thank you once again for these example!


Time for the battle royale! Haha.


Russian: I like the way it sounds a lot. It has a nice flow with the consonant sounds and I feel like it's quite eloquent. I think it's a great language in terms of how people speak it. Ukrainian: My first impression is that it sounds similar to Russian--and I assume that's the same for Belarussian as well? That being said, it does sound nice, though I may have to listen to more of it to catch the subtleties.

Russian: Ukrainian -- 1:0


Russian: I like the way Russian is sung; with the two songs presented, it is very versatile in terms of how many genres this language can be used and still be awesome. Ukrainian: A lot of people say that Ukrainian is beautiful sung; based on this particular track, I might have to agree! It's probably from checking out Hebrew pages while I was listening to the rock song, but I may have noticed a few similarities to Hebrew. Then again, the same could be said for Russian, haha.

Russian: Ukrainian -- 1:1


They're basically the same to me, but it maybe because of the Cyrillic alphabet used for both. I've looked at those with Latin alphabets; the differences are with accents and how the different letters were arranged together. That being said, I thought the "i" in Ukrainian looked a bit off. As somebody who uses the Latin alphabet for the most part, it felt like the Ukrainian language wanted to add this. I'm not sure why.

Russian: Ukrainian -- 1:2 (despite the "i"; however, it seemed kind of cute)

Ukrainian wins for me, but barely, as it doesn't differentiate itself from Russian that much. This is coming from someone who adores the Russian language and seeks to learn a lot more from it. However, I would like to learn Ukrainian someday--by then, I hope to see the differences from Russian!


Both but I prefer Russian :)

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