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Ukrainian vs Russian: what is easier to learn?

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genute vadeikyte (1 year ago)
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Sandy Beach (2 years ago)
The pronunciation of Ukrainian is much easier than Russian for me. It reminds me of Italian that way. Ukrainian uses a lot fewer "soft" consonant sounds. To me, Ukrainian is a much prettier language in general, although Russian regional accents vary quite a lot. Does the Russian spoken in Ukraine sound a lot more like Ukraiinian?
Olga Reznikova (2 years ago)
+Sandy Beach yes))
Bella S (2 years ago)
Listen I really don t see similarity between Ukrainian and Russian. I think Polish and Ukrainian are much closer languages, because I speak fluently on both, they have more similar words.. Also by learning Ukrainian u can learn Polish. Don t really care about russian, I was so bullied by russians in school and work..
Olga Reznikova (2 years ago)
yes, you are right
Bella S (2 years ago)
is because most of the ukrainians speak russian thats why they say its very similar, ask russian person from russia who never heard ukrainian what will they say???
Olga Reznikova (2 years ago)
+Lanna Shnieder sure, but a lot of people think that this language is very similar)
loveMiforever (2 years ago)
Привіт, Оля. Я буду живу у Києві.Я вивчаюся українську мову и изучаю российский стиль. I have to say that two languages are the same grammatically, but Russian can be harder to learn since the pronunciation are trickier, there're lots of words like отлично и молоко, the o sounds like a instead when you are speaking. I like both languages, but have to say that Russian can be more useful in big cities beside Львів. Дякуєте за відео,
Olga Reznikova (2 years ago)
thanks for your comment! yes, it make sense!
JaLingua Jacqueline (2 years ago)
I have been trying to study Ukrainina on my own for quite some time now. I have to say it is quite difficult...especially remembering the new words but also (mostly) the grammar. It is such a pain! However, I'm proud whenever I understand a new word and it goes slowly but steadily. :)
SunHo Lee (2 years ago)
Спасибо за видео!)
Sdistant Sdistant (2 years ago)
Hi I was interested to know. Is Ukrainian or Russian your first language? And how do you feel about the situations in Ukraine? What are your opinions on the annexation of Crimea? Do you want to Join the EU or are you pro Russian? Are you against Russian people and language?
Michail Ugarov (1 year ago)
Olga Reznikova мы одинешенек люд вечно были и этак будет вечно.Брат остаётся братом даже если он не прав.
Olga Reznikova (2 years ago)
+Sdistant Hi! Ukrainian is my native language, and I know Russian since childhood, so it's kind of my two first language) Situation in Ukraine is very complicated and there are no one reson for that. If you think that it's because of language - it's not. It's version for people who don't live in Ukraine and don't know situation with language here) Because if you say Ukrainian that it's problem here to speak Russian, he will be very surprised) What can be my opinion of annexation of Crimea? Of course it's negative, because it's annexation and it's against law. If all of this things was according to international law, or at least Ukrainian law - it would be fine. If we speak about nation determination - so it's determination of Crimea tatar. If we whoul have referendum with Crimea tatar according to the law, and they decided by themself that they want to live in Russia - I think it will be according to law and nobady protested. Because every nation have right to decide where they want to live and it's normal) But real situation was that there were pseudo-referendum according to no law, because not Ukraine, not Russian, not interstanional law don't allow this type of referendum))) I don't want to join to EU and I'm not pro-Russian. I wonder why you don't write variant do you support Ukraine or you are against your country? I want that Ukraine live like Ukrainians decide, not under power of one or other country. Ukraine really are very very rich country, and we don't need anyone else, but problem is power and econmical situation, Russian influence, which destroy our country. That's why people protested. They want to stop it and live their own life. I'm not against Russian people and Russian language - let's it exist))) And most Ukrainians are not against Russian people - we just don't like policy of their president. But Russians and Putin - is different things) The same like Czech people now don't support policy of Czech president. Or Ukrainians by themself didn't like policy of our former president)) You can't say about natioan and president the same things)
amaromem1 (2 years ago)
I chose Ukrainian and yes.. is hard, but I think it worth it ;)
amaromem1 (2 years ago)
+JaLingua Jacqueline Yes I am! but sometimes I don't have time to study because my carrer is very demanding, but Olga Reznikova is pretty good teacher, also you will learn a lot of things of Ukraine, don't forget to visit her blog and Willkommen Jacqueline!
Olga Reznikova (2 years ago)
yes, it's the most hard thing))
JaLingua Jacqueline (2 years ago)
+amaromem1 You are learning Ukrainian too? So am I. It's most difficult for me to understand the cases...
amaromem1 (2 years ago)
+Olga Reznikova Yeah¡¡¡ a marvellous language from an unique and charming land ;)
Olga Reznikova (2 years ago)
+amaromem1 Sure! It's marvellous language:-)
Kasia Ukrainka (2 years ago)
Polish and Ukrainian is very similar, but there are words who are the same but has a different meaning ! Example : Arbuz (ukr. гарбуз) Polish Arbuz : Watermelon, Ukrainian гарбуз : Pumpkin be careful ! greetings from poland :)
Máčíék (2 years ago)
+Kasia Ukrainka I think there are more "dangerous" differences between similar words in Polish and Czech. For example, when a guy would like to compliment a girl and would say "you are a beautiful girl", by using Czech term for a girl instead of Polish, he would probably be punched in the face by her :p But there are some between Polish and Ukrainian, of course. Less, I think, but still. Mutual intelligibility between Polish and East Slavic languages is the highest between Polish and Belarusian. Ukrainian is not much far from Belarusian in this context, as these are quite similar to each other - like Czech and Slovak I think.
+Olga Reznikova expecially for Ukrainians from the West.
Olga Reznikova (2 years ago)
Yes, agree))) Polish is not hard for Ukrainians in understanding)
Kasia Ukrainka (2 years ago)
Yes thats true,but I can tell you I understand ukrainian better than russian ,for example ukrainian and polish have more similar words finaly in the grammar , like the very usefull word : like (Polish : Jak, Ukrainiak : як (yak) , Russian : Kaк (Kak) Thats why you could an polish interview understand to 90% :)
Olga Reznikova (2 years ago)
+Kasia Ukrainka Yes, but arbuz is not Ukrainian garbuz, it's Russian arbuz which also mean watermelon) SO that's why Ukrainians understand polish better, because we also know Russian)
MR.dmz (2 years ago)
MY Ukrainian girlfriend tells me that Ukrainian is much easier to learn. She basically tells me that you say it just as you read it. I know the grammar is different from what I have been learning. I heard that is much easier to make jokes in Ukrainian compared to Russian. Is that true?
Olga Reznikova (2 years ago)
+MR.dmz yes in Ukrainian you say like you read. The same in Russian. Sometimes in Russian you said in other way, but it's Moscow rules, not for all Russian language. The same we have in Ukrainian, we don't read all letters sometimes. About jokes? I don't know if it's easier, I've never thing about it) But maybe yes)
Rockyourassed (2 years ago)
Deceided to learn Ukrainian first cause most of my friends are from there and prefer this language!! And also you're so gorgeous: )))! Looks like a model!
Olga Reznikova (2 years ago)
+Rockyourassed haha, thanks)
Yuuki M (2 years ago)
Hi I'm Japanese and learning Russian. The difficulity of 2 languages is the same for us. However, I can say that Russian is easier to learn because we have more learning books or documents for Russian than Ukrainian.
Olga Reznikova (2 years ago)
+Yuuki M yes, in case of resourses Russian is more time easier:-)
Andrea Giannotti (2 years ago)
I am not agree: the czech language is more similar to ukranian language than russian language.
Olga Reznikova (2 years ago)
+iEcho I think all languages have something from their neighbours. But Russia have slavic neigbours like Ukraine and Belarus, and others are so so so far (China, Mongolia), so thats why their language is not similar to any else. Just to old slavic
iEcho (2 years ago)
Ukrainian is more similar because of its Polish influence
+Andrea Giannotti as for me czech is the most diffscult of all slavic.Do you think so also?
Nikolai Harhai (2 years ago)
Ah Ukrainian, the language of the nightingale:)
dukyd122 (2 years ago)
Olia, I am Czech and I must say Ukrainian is much more similar than Russian
Olga Reznikova (2 years ago)
oh, really)  I also hear some similar words, but sure I can't judge about language, because I don't know it) If you said that it's more similar to Ukrainian - probably it is)
dukyd122 (2 years ago)
+Olga Reznikova for example: dyakuyu - děkuji, not spasiba, nedilya - neděle not vaskresenye (i dont know how it is right) hodyna - hodina, not chas and many many other similars :)
Olga Reznikova (2 years ago)
+dukyd122 Oh, really? I just heard that it's more similar to Russian, but when I heard Czech, it's hard to say.. this language is very different. But the most funny words are really similar to Russian, like pozor, otpad)
MegaSexfanatic (2 years ago)
To all Slavic people to learn Ukrainian it is easier than to learn Russian. Ukrainian language have phonetic writing i.e. you wrote what you say, how you say it. Russian language have more words, more rules, more exceptions. Czech language is least similar to Russian of all Slavic languages.
+MegaSexfanatic but russians feel uncomfortable when they hear ukrainian....
MegaSexfanatic (2 years ago)
+Olga Reznikova I agree
Olga Reznikova (2 years ago)
yes, but it sounds different. So we also write not like read some times)
MegaSexfanatic (2 years ago)
+Olga Reznikova I want to say that soft "ть"+"с" and "ць" are created with same position of the tongue.
Olga Reznikova (2 years ago)
You want to say that letter "т" and "ц" describe the same sound?
muertoscream (2 years ago)
I think Ukranian is a beautiful language. It would be great if you show Ukranian grammar in your videos :)
Olga Reznikova (2 years ago)
+muertoscream I will show, but at first I need to find how to explaine it for foreigners, cause I never think about it - just speak.
Wizz Bang (2 years ago)
Your lessons are the only ones I find that discuss cases. It seems that proper use of cases is very important in your language. More lessons about the cases would be great. In one of your other videos, " Брата (Робата)" was very confusing, making a feminine case to a masculine noun (брат). Is the "а " added to "брат " to make it possessive of a feminine noun (робата )?
Olga Reznikova (2 years ago)
+Wizz Bang Not all words that has ending "a" is feminine. We discussed genitive case. So if you want to say brother's job (бота брата), in English you add 's to "brother", and in Ukrainian you add ending "a" to брат. It's simple.
Renny Darbow (2 years ago)
What iš your feeling about Lithuanian? Helpful or hinderance įn learning a Cyrillic language? Labai ačiū ir iki pasimatymo.
Olga Reznikova (2 years ago)
I dont know Lithuanian language, so I have no idea;-)
Caleb Suko (2 years ago)
My wife claims Ukrainian is easier, but I don't know enough to say yet. You say grammar is exactly the same but I disagree, there seem to be quite a few differences in grammar.
Olga Reznikova (2 years ago)
+Caleb Suko Yes, because the hardesr what is in both this languages - it's grammar structure. In that case they are the same.
Caleb Suko (2 years ago)
Ok, I see what you mean, so same general structure of the grammar, that does seem to be true, at least as much as I know about Ukrainian.
Olga Reznikova (2 years ago)
grammar is the same. maybe you mean different ending in cases or in verbs, but its not important if language is new for you. they change according to the same rules
Erg1x (2 years ago)
I would choose Ukrainian for sure :D... Why would I be here then :P
Olga Reznikova (2 years ago)
good choice!

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