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Welcome to the Ukrainian language lessons! Ukrainian is the national language of Ukraine, and these “Survival Ukrainian” files will help you get a head start in learning the language and using colloquial phrases that will help you get by your first weeks in Ukraine. We recommend that you listen to the audio files and repeat while reading the language script. It will be useful if you use these files for 10-15 minute a day. In the language script we use the transliteration system which will help you to pronounce Ukrainian, even without any background in Slavic languages. Unlike English the Ukrainian alphabet is absolutely phonetic: each letter has a single pronunciation in every usage. The lessons do not have to be in any particular order. After you finish this lessons we invite you to join our on-line lessons at http://studyukrainian.org.ua/en/programs/distance-learning

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  • Ukraine SurvivalUkrainian Language Lessons

    Table of ContentsLesson 1: Introduction (no audio) .................................................................. 2Lesson 2: Ukrainian Alphabet/Pronunciation ............................................... 3Lesson 3: Greetings and Farewells ............................................................... 5Lesson 4: Useful phrases .............................................................................. 6Lesson 5: Getting Acquainted ........................................................................ 7Lesson 6: Family ............................................................................................. 8Lesson 7: About myself ................................................................................. 9Lesson 8: Food .............................................................................................. 10Lesson 9: Apartment ..................................................................................... 11Lesson 10: Numerals .................................................................................... 12Lesson 11: At the store ................................................................................. 14Lesson 12: Transport .................................................................................... 15Lesson 13: City .............................................................................................. 16Lesson 14: Post-office .................................................................................. 17Lesson 15: Signs ........................................................................................... 18Lesson 16: Emergencies .............................................................................. 19Lesson 17: Personal pronouns .................................................................... 20Lesson 18: Professions ................................................................................ 21Lesson 19: Days of the week and months .................................................. 22Lesson 20: Question words .......................................................................... 23

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    Lesson 1

    IntroductionWelcome to the Ukrainian language lessons!

    Ukrainian is the national language of Ukraine, and these Survival Ukrainian fileswill help you get a head start in learning the language and using colloquial phrasesthat will help you get by your first weeks in Ukraine.We recommend that you listen to the audio files and repeat while reading thelanguage script. It will be useful if you use these files for 10-15 minute a day.

    In the language script we use the transliteration system which will help you topronounce Ukrainian, even without any background in Slavic languages.The letters are transliterated from the Ukrainian alphabet in accordance to its soundin English. The letter (soft sign) has no sound and will be represented in thetransliteration as an apostrophe [].Unlike English the Ukrainian alphabet is absolutely phonetic: each letter has asingle pronunciation in every usage.

    The lessons do not have to be in any particular order. After you complete the firstlesson, you may choose any topic of interest or importance to you. We wontdiscuss grammatical topics in these lessons. You will learn grammar during thelanguage classes in Pre-Service Training in Ukraine.

    About the Ukrainian language in a nutshell.It belongs to the Slavic group of the Indo-European language family.The Ukrainians use the Cyrillic alphabet. There are differences between the Cyrillicand Latin sounds and letters, but they are small and you will learn to recognize themquickly.

    The Ukrainian alphabet is comprised of 33 letters.Stress in Ukrainian can fall on any syllable in a word. The stressed part of the wordwill be marked in bold in transliteration and the word itself. One word has only onestressed syllable which is no longer that others. Usually the stress is indicated indictionaries.

    We hope you will enjoy the Ukrainian language lessons and wish you good luck withyour learning.

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    Lesson 2

    Alphabet -

    Listen carefully to the Ukrainian speaker the first time, then try to repeat the soundswith the speaker the second time.

    Approximate English sound equivalentUkrainian letter

    Like a in bar b in book v in voice h in how g in get d in dot e in ten ye in yes zh in pleasure z in zone y in byte ee in meet yee in yeast

    y in boy k in key l in lamp m in man n in nose o in port p in spoon r in roof s in small t in tart oo in moon f in fine kh in Loch Ness ts in cats ch in chair sh in shine shch in rash choice

  • no soundapostrophe intransliteration

    it softens the previous consonant

    yoo in youth ya in yard

    As you can see and hear, some Ukrainian letters have equivalent sound in Englishbut look quite different:

    Ukrainian letter Corresponding soundin both languages

    English letter

    [b] [h] H [p] P [f] F [d] D [z] Z [l] L

    Perhaps the most confusing are the letters that look like Latin but in Cyrillic representdifferent sounds.

    Ukrainian letter-false friend

    Correspondingsoundin Ukrainian

    English letter/sound

    [v] VP [r] RC [s] SH [n] N [kh] -

    [kh]as in Loch Ness

    [oo] -[oo]

    as in moon

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    Lesson 3

    Greetings =

    In the following audio file you will hear a word or phrase in English one time, thentwice in Ukrainian.Listen carefully to the Ukrainian the first time, then try to repeat the word or phrasewith the speaker the second time.

    English Transliteration UkrainianGood morning. dobryy ranok .Good afternoon. dobryy den .Good evening. dobryy vecheer .Hi. pryveet .How are you? yak spravy ?I am good, thank you. dobre dyakooyoo , .And you? a oo vas ?Fine. normalno .

    Farewells =

    English Transliteration UkrainianGood bye. do pobachennya .Bye. po ka .See you tomorrow. do zavtra .Good luck. shchaslyvo .

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    Lesson 4

    Useful phrases -

    In the following audio file you will hear a word or phrase in English one time, thentwice in Ukrainian.Listen carefully to the Ukrainian the first time, then try to repeat the word or phrasewith the speaker the second time.

    English Transliteration UkrainianYes. tak .No. nee .Thank you. dyakooyoo .Please. bood laska .You are welcome. proshoo .Excuse me/Im sorry. vybachte .Never mind. neechoho .What a shame! shkoda !Just a minute. khvylynkoo !May I? mozhna ?Its important. tse vazhlyvo .Im sorry, I dontunderstand.

    vybachte ya nerozoomeeyoo

    , .

    I study Ukrainian ya oochoo ookrayeenskoo .

    Repeat, please. povtoreet bood laska , .

    Translate, please. perekladeet bood laska , .

    What is the Ukrainian forbread?

    yak ookrayeenskoyoo bread?

    What? shcho

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    Lesson 5

    Getting acquainted =

    In the following audio file you will hear a word or phrase in English one time, thentwice in Ukrainian.Listen carefully to the Ukrainian the first time, then try to repeat the word or phrasewith the speaker the second time.

    English Transliteration UkrainianWho is it? Khto tse ?It is Oksana. tse oksana .It is John. tse dzhon .What is your name? yak vas zvaty ?My name is Sasha. mene zvaty sasha .Nice to meet you. duzhe pryyemno .Nice to meet you too. menee tezh .How old are you? skeelky vam rokeev ?I am 25. menee dvadtsyat pyat 25.Who are you? khto vy ?I am an American (male). ya amerykanets .

    I am an American(female).

    ya amerykanka .

    I am a Languageschools Volunteer.

    ya dobrovoletsmovnoyi shkoly

    .

    Where are you from? zveedky vy ?I am from America, thestate of California.

    ya z ameryky shtatkaleeforneeya

    , .

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    Lesson 6

    Family =

    In the following audio file you will hear a word or phrase in English one time, thentwice in Ukrainian.Listen carefully to the Ukrainian the first time, then try to repeat the word or phrasewith the speaker the second time.

    English Transliteration Ukrainianfather tato mother mama son syn daughter dochka brother brat sister sestra grandfather deedoos grandmother baboosya grandson onook granddaughter onooka children deety husbnd choloveek wife droozhyna friend drooh girlfriend podrooha and ee I have .... oo mene ye I have a brother and asister.

    u mene ye brat ee sestra .

    This is my family. tse moya seemya .This is my mother. tse mama .This is my brother. tse brat .

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    Lesson 7

    About myself =

    In the following audio file you will hear a word or phrase in English one time, thentwice in Ukrainian.Listen carefully to the Ukrainian the first time, then try to repeat the word or phrasewith the speaker the second time.

    English Transliteration UkrainianMy name is Kelsey. mene zvaty kelsee .I am 27 years old. menee dvadtsyat seem. 27 .I am from America, thestate of Minnesota.

    ya z ameryky shtatmeenesota

    , .

    I am a teacher. ya oochytel .I am a Languageschools Volunteer.

    ya dobrovoletsovnoyi shkoly

    .

    I have a family. u mene ye seemya .I have a brother and asister.

    u mene ye brat ee sestra .

    I like to read. ya lyooblyoo chytaty .I study Ukrainian. ya oochoo

    ookrayeenskoo .

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