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. :)