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My Thoughts on Ukrainian - First Checkpoint


So I just reached the first checkpoint of the Ukrainian course, it took me 17 days. Yeah, I'm advancing slowly, but it's my way :)

Is it difficult? In my opinion, yes. At first, I had to get used to the Cyrillic script, then there comes the verbs. I thought the most fearsome part of every language are the verbs (see languages like Spanish, oh, all those verbs!). But I think there's something even worse; the cases. Just like verbs, the cases are, for some people, easy, and for some, hard. In my case, I've been having problems with cases in Ukrainian since the ''Numbers'' lessons (oh, those two skills were too hard...). I encountered the Nominative and Genitive cases, and with just two, out of the seven cases in Ukrainian, I've been struggling. I am not too used with the cases so it was very hard to me at first but I think it's becoming a bit easier recently. I just can't imagine when I'll have to learn to use the other five cases (As far as I know, Duolingo just teaches you the most basic cases, but I think it'll be better if I learn the seven cases).

Well, what can I say, thanks to the course contributors and the people who have helped me!

Good night :)

June 9, 2015



I haven't gotten there yet, but I expect previous study of German (four cases!) might be slightly helpful there...at least for an idea of dative & genitive. The noun genders are more guessable in Ukrainian than German, but there's no articles attached to remind me of them, as I've had in German and the Romance languages.

Unless I've totally misunderstood, though, the vocative case should be pretty straight forward use-wise, so that's one less thing to worry about. Actually I think one of the course mods told me it wasn't in the course.


Genders are much easier IMO in Slavic languages than in German. I don't think I've done enough of any of the Germanic languages to know what they're like, but German genders are so unhelpful.


Congratulations! I'm almost in the first checkpoint too, currently I'm trying to understand these cases in the Numbers lesson. I would appreciate if someone could give me a link or an explanation, because I still can't understand what are they.
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