Ukrainian <- English for Russian speakers
Firstly, let me thank You for all the hours dedicated to this Project for the sake of all the learners of the world!
I want to ask a straightforward question...
Is it a good idea for people who are proficient in Russian to start this course? Or, maybe, it will be a longer path, since, I guess, there is an overlap in Russian and Ukrainian lexicon, grammar, and it's better to go out of Duolingo and find books/tutorials for direct RU -> UKR experience?
Depends on your reasons to switch to learning UA. And on how you organize your studying process.
I believe, for those who are absolutely fluent in Russian or native Russians, typing phrases with similar words in the course would be a boring thing. You'll learn efficiently, if you start to read and listen to Ukrainian text/videos. There are a lot of news sites with articles in both languages and on YouTube one can find Ukrainian videos with russian subtitles. Happy learning!
Thank you for the responses!
I want to develop mostly conversational skills, Listening + Speaking. At the moment I understand about 50% of Ukrainian speech, but the active part of language is at the absolute zero level.
Just now, I've realized the incorrect entity of the posed question: if I want to learn a new language, I should try to use every opportunity, hence our old Duo can't be odd.
I think it depends on how good you are - I know some, but I still think it will be better for me ENG -> UKR. But if you're proficient, I recommend just using flashcards. The grammar is all the same, from what I understand, just a few different works. 70% lexical similarity is between Ukrainian and Russian, I think.