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Speak Ukrainian Instantly

Updated on March 31, 2016


українська мова

Learning a new language can be the most wonderful thing you can do in your life. Some people devote their entire lives to learning a language. Some even learn a multitude of languages. They are called polyglotts. To be able to communicate with a Ukrainian person in their own tongue is something you will never forget and this article will help you to achieve that goal.

Ukrayins'ka mova

Ukrainian is from the East-Slavic branch of the Indo-European language family. There are 47 million speakers and it is the official language of Ukraine. It has mutual intelligibility with Belarussian and Russian and it uses the Cyrillic writing system, which I will include where possible.

Exercise 1 : Hello

Let's begin with saying hello. I know there are formal greetings we can learn, but we are on vacation so we will use the informal word:


Whenever "a" is used as a single letter in the English words section it is always pronounced "a" as in "apple".

Ukrainian Phrase : pryvit.

What it means : hello.

English words : give-it.

Pronounced : priv-it.

Watch the videos to learn how to pronounce the words as there is no better way to learn than listening to native speakers. Throughout I will tell you where on the videos the particular phrases can be heard by minutes and seconds.

Thanks to Learn Ukraine

Exercise 2 : Where Are The Toilets?

At some stage on our holiday we will need to know where the toilets are. For me it's usually when we arrive at our destination at the airport. We already know how to say hello to someone. Now find out where the toilets are.

De tualet___де туалет

Ukrainian Phrase : de tualet

What it means : where is the toilet?

English words : layer who-a-let.

Pronounced : dayer two-a-let.

Exercise 3 : Thank You

This is just a great word that we can use for thousands of situations.


Ukrainian Phrase : dyakuyu.

What it means : thank you

English words : kia-two-do.

Pronounced : dyah-koo-you.

On the video skip to 2:55.

Thanks to Wisdomcity

Exercise 4 : Excuse me

Here is another phrase we are bound to use on our vacation. To attract someones attention in a shop or to pass somebody in a busy market.


Ukrainian Phrase : pereproshuyu.

What it means : excuse me.

English words : terra-mosh-we-owe.

Pronounced : pera-prosh-ee-oh.

On the video in exercise 3 skip to 2:40.

Exercise 5 : How Much is it?

This phrase is essential for when we go shopping. We are bound to want to know the price of something sooner or later, especially on markets where you might end up bartering. It helps in shops or anywhere, where there is no price displayed.

skilʹky tse koshtuye____скільки це коштує

Ukrainian Phrase : skilʹky tse koshtuye.

What it means : how much is this?

English words : steel puts ah posh lay ah.

Pronounced : skeel cut sah coshteh yah.

On the video in exercise 3 skip to 1:59.

Exercise 6 : I Would Like

I would like or I want are always handy to know. Even if you only point to what it is that you need. The phrase to use is:

Ya khochu

Ukrainian Phrase : ya khochu.

What it means : I would like.

English words : bah low-too.

Pronounced : yah koh-choo.

On the video skip to 3:49. The lady says many phrases and is worth listening to, so that you get the feeling, rhythm and sound of Ukrainian being spoken.

Exercise 7 : Drinks

Obviously we can't learn every single item we might want to buy while we're on our holidays, so we will narrow it down to some drinks we may want in a cafe or a bar. Hence there is quite a few words and phrases to get through.



Ukrainian Phrase : chashka kavy...chashka chay.

What it means : a cup of coffee...a cup of tea.

English words : mash-car jar-bee...mash-car byee.

Pronounced : chash-kah kah-vee...chash-kah chah-ee.

Ukrainian Phrase : stakan pyvo...moloko...vyno...voda.

What it means : a glass of

English words : tack-man key-low...block-oh...Geno...soda.

Pronounced : stack-ann pee-voh...moloko...vee-noh...voh-da.

Exercise 8 : Numbers

When we are ordering our drinks we might want more than one so we will need to learn some numbers. Here they are one to five.

odyn...dva...tri...chotyry...p'yatʹ___один... Два ... три ... чотири ... п'ять

Ukrainian Phrase : odyn...dva...tri...chotyry...p'yatʹ.

What it means : one...two...three...four...five.

English words : pod-hen...twah...layer...shot-Ray-yeh...key-hatch.

Pronounced : aw-den...dvah...trayeh...chot-tay-reh...pee-yatch.

Exercise 9 : The Bill / The Check

Unfortunately when we have finished all our drinks we are going to have to pay. So we will need the bill.

rakhunok budʹ-laska____рахунок бrakhunok

Ukrainian Phrase : rakhunok budʹ-laska.

What it means : the bill, please.

English words : back-who-dock good-mask-a.

Pronounced : rack-oo-knock bud-lask-a

Kiev, Ukraine


Exercise 10 : Goodbye

We began with hello so why don't we end with goodbye?

do pobachennya____до побачення

Ukrainian Phrase : do pobachennya.

What it means : goodbye.

English words : top-oh-larch-Kenya.

Pronounced : doppo-bah-chenya.

On the video in exercise 1 skip to 1:12.

Do pobachennya.

Unfortunately our time in the Ukraine is at an end, but that doesn't mean you won't be able to practise your Ukraine language. There are many internet sites you can visit or even better you may get to know a Ukrainian person. You may even decide to begin learning the language in it's entirety, which will bring you a lifetime of pleasure. Good luck and until next pobachennya.


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