If you're learning Ukrainian, let me know why! Let's all learn and master this beautiful language collectively!
Honestly I bought into the whole 'Ukrainian is a dialect of Russian' thing for a long time. Once I took the time to look at it, I discovered its definitely unique and that Ukrainian is as different from Russian in the same way Polish is different. I prefer Ukrainian writing to Russian, I think it flows better. These letters Ъ and Ы ы just bug the heck out of me.
what about to understand these beauriful songs https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=--Wokwe4-i0&list=RDacG71p18ENc&index=2 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cc4XDit_I8s&list=RDacG71p18ENc&index=3 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gw2nclcoFNE https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mh-Tmh7NuDY and many others
I also am learning because it is the language of my grandparents, who come from Kiev and Donetsk. It is very fun but the grammar is incredibly challenging! I would love to become fluent one day. However, now that I have gotten pretty far into the Ukrainian tree, I am unsure if that will ever happen, even if I finish the Ukrainian course here on Duolingo. Any suggestions for improving once we finish here?
I was in Group V Peace Corps from 1995-1997. I wasn't the best in my language group during training, but I was in a "village" (at that time now, more of a suburb) of Lviv, so learned Ukrainian, as opposed to Russian, Hungarian, etc. One volunteer lived on the border with Hungary, and her students actually spoke Hungarian and Romani. Also, not many people knew English in my immediate area, and there were of course more Ukrainian speakers in the west of the country at that time. When I returned to visit in 2001, I was better at speaking ,but found it frustrating that there were not many resources for Ukrainian (as opposed to Russian) language learning back in the states. Duolingo has been a lifeline, and now with more time on my hands I have returned. I believe it was a Peace Corps group that helped with the Ukrainian language/English portal here. (?) In any case....I want to stick with Ukrainian as I have an emotional propensity for it. I am also learning that Ukrainian is closer to Belarussian, Polish and Slovak that to Russian, so I would be quite confused I tried to mix at this point. In any case, I am really grateful to Duolingo for this platform for Ukrainian, and also radio garden and all the great radio stations streaming from all over the world, and Ukraine! That is also a great resource for language immersion.
Україна завжди була красивою та цікавою країною, з багатою культурою. Населення дуже ввічливе та добре відноситься до гостей Країни. Стосовно "нациків", завдяки допомозі східних сусідів, нацики поїхали на схід, на історичну батьківщину (правда деякі ще сидять в ДОнецьку та Луганську, але маємо надію, що й вони поїдуть до своєї батьківщини - Мордору). Welcome to Ukraine! Our country is very beaytiful, people are very kind. The food is very testyt (sma`chno).