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Using Ukrainian in real life :)

WordFitlySpoken
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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. :)

3 years ago

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https://www.duolingo.com/Vinnfred
Vinnfred
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That's so nice! :)

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

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Michal_90
Michal_90
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Actually in this context when you know the person I'd say "твоя" :)

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/WordFitlySpoken
WordFitlySpoken
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Haha, thank you! I was wondering if it was grammatically correct...

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/PonyDesu
PonyDesu
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Thank you for sharing this amazing story!

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/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

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/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 =)

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/cherub721
cherub721
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That's fantastic!

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/knos15
knos15
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That is awesome man!

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/lhwarp
lhwarp
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Awh. I don't know you personally, but that is so cute :)

3 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/jokaim
jokaim
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Thanks for the story, it is a great motivation for everyone I think. :)

3 years ago
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