https://www.duolingo.com/profile/WordFitlySpoken

Using Ukrainian in real life :)

Hi everyone! So excited to share my experience using the bit of Ukrainian I learned on Duolingo.

Recently I visited old family friends who have an adopted daughter from Ukraine. I already know her, so it wasn't as if I could reasonably say "nice to meet you" or anything, but one thing I did learn how to say was "your sister is married," which actually was applicable since her older sister had indeed just gotten married. Now I just needed to work up the courage to open my mouth...

It took me about half the evening, but there was finally a moment when we were by ourselves and it was quiet, so I finally just did it. "Вас сестра заміжня?" I said, and she kind of tipped her head to the side in confusion and asked, "What?" So I repeated myself a little more slowly and this time, her face lit up. I couldn't possibly describe her expression any other way, but it was priceless. "Yes," she said. Then: "How did you...how did you know how to say that?" So I told her I'd been learning a bit of Ukrainian, and she kept repeating, "That's really good. That's cool." I mentioned a few other phrases and words I know, and she had this huge smile on his face and so did I. It was incredible, guys. It was such a simple little thing, but it made my evening and hers, too. This is why I take the time to learn a bit of even the "obscure" languages--as long as I know one person whose face will light up because of a sentence or two I speak in their native language, it's worth it.

Thank you so much to everyone who's been patient with my Ukrainian questions over the past month! I don't know how much more I'll keep learning, as I rarely see/contact this friend, but who knows. :)

June 29, 2015

10 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Vinnfred

That's so nice! :)

The only thing, though: it should be "ваша сестра" ;)

June 29, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Michal_90

Actually in this context when you know the person I'd say "твоя" :)

July 8, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/WordFitlySpoken

Haha, thank you! I was wondering if it was grammatically correct...

June 30, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/PonyDesu

Thank you for sharing this amazing story!

June 29, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/notyourname1

it's always great to see the joy in someones face when you are speaking even if poorly in their mother tongue. My Ukrainian friends always smile a giggle when ever I try to speak Ukrainian

June 30, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ich_bin_dmytro

That surely must bring the joy. Although, I have the unpleasant experience when the struggling with a foreign language doesn't find any support from the native speakers. I think Ukrainians are very welcoming guys =)

July 31, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/cherub721

That's fantastic!

June 29, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/knos15

That is awesome man!

June 29, 2015

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    Awh. I don't know you personally, but that is so cute :)

    June 30, 2015

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/jokaim

    Thanks for the story, it is a great motivation for everyone I think. :)

    July 8, 2015
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