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6 LIFEHACKS: how to learn UKRAINIAN (and Russian) without efforts (with sub)

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Steve Marshall (4 days ago)
Eric R. Shepherd (24 days ago)
Best video ever! Thanks
Kevin Renaud (1 month ago)
Thank you so much! This is a big help. It would be even better if there was no background music & you used a microphone. Lots of echo which made it a bit difficult to understand.
Olga Reznikova (1 month ago)
yes true
King Dang (2 months ago)
I’ve just started taking a few Russian and Ukrainian lessons hopefully the hacks help me out, the spelling of the words tho? I have a long road ahead of me
thestelz1 (3 months ago)
The ECHO in all your videos make them difficult to understand. This is on top of your accent. A simple microfone would make this problem go away, and is not prohibitively expensive. Buy one and use it in your future videos, post the cost and I will donate to Paypal to help you pay for it! Just clip it on your blouse and plug it into your Camera's audio jack.
Kathleen O'Neill (3 months ago)
background music is too loud
Timurlane100 (5 months ago)
Alain Hona (6 months ago)
Hello miss olga. Please where can we learn russian language in Kharkov? Can you make a video for that?
Stealth Customs (7 months ago)
aww thank you soo much! I am Learning Russian righrt now and i need to Learn Ukranian as fast a spossible, do you know any language teacher that can teach me those life hacks word first so i can get a head start?
Thank you for Video! Best wishes!
Barnabas Born (9 months ago)
Thank you so much for this
Mikołaj Bojarczuk (10 months ago)
Я думаю, что русски и украински являются весьма похожие, однако время от времени украински в неких частях может выделяться от российского достаточно немало и время от времени больше схожий для польский, от которого етот стиль получил немало общего словарного припаса. И если существует такая разность меж этими языками, я обыкновенно думаю, что они классные и заслуживают исследования :) Я говорю на обоих языках и я согласен с тем, что я произнес и другие тоже должны. Но лично для меня, украински было легче обучаться чем русски.
Abiel Ticas (11 months ago)
It is like in Lithuanian: many -tion words end in -cija. I.E: Information - Informacija. Well, I cannot give more examples, because my Lithuanian is BAD.
Trostat (11 months ago)
i am pakistani , i know Urdu/Hindi , Panjabi , Arabic because i was born and i was rasied up in kuwait .... i am speaking english right now But man Ukranian is soo weird to me 🙁😟 i wanna learn it !
April B (1 year ago)
Thanks for your lessons Olga! (Ольга?) I'm in the US & I'm probably gonna marry into a Ukrainian family! 🇺🇦🇺🇸💙💛 💙❤️
April B (10 months ago)
Trostat haha to the American eye, it does! Actually I think I misspelled it lol. My future sister-in-law goes by Olga but her Ukrainian name is actually Olya.... so I think it's either spelled Оля or Олья?? I'm still learning the Cyrillic alphabet lol. Sadly my Ukrainian fiancé doesn't know much more about reading Ukrainian than I do! 😂 of course he speaks it much better though!
Trostat (11 months ago)
April B ...Olga in Ukranian looks like (Onbra) 😂
clifton poulton (1 year ago)
This video helped me a lot to understand the language better it is very similiar to spanish only change the pronunciation on most words . you are very intelligent!!!
Vinson (1 year ago)
nice.. a 'ХУЛІГАН' t-shirt would sell very well in England! (soccer fans).
Luis Fernando 17 (1 year ago)
Algunas palabras en Ruso parece que se pronuncian o suenan casi igual que el Español (castellano) >:v
genute vadeikyte (1 year ago)
Dekoju daug esu ismokes anglu kalbos.Esi miela pasnekove.🌹🌹🌹
Andrew Poverchuk (1 year ago)
FYI - "hooligan", not "huligan". Good video though.
Vinson (1 year ago)
Andrew Poverchuk ...I think she meant Gilligan's sister.
James Dunkerson (1 year ago)
This was awesome. The other difference was to move the accent from the first syllable to the second.
Sophiep Tran (1 year ago)
I so want to learn Ukrainian or Russian but don't have the time to go take a course. Self-study is the only way due to time constraints. Would you be able to do a series or point me in the direction of a good language lessons for English speakers? I like the music but like others are saying it does over power your sweet voice.
Olga Reznikova (1 year ago)
Oh, it's all very complicated, but I try))
Stefan Reichenberger (1 year ago)
Apparently in Ukrainian g sounds more like h.
Alex B-G (2 months ago)
In Ukrainian we don’t use the sound G much. There is a Ukrainian G sound though «ґ». So for example “group” in Ukrainian is “hroupa”.
Kana 1232 (1 year ago)
good work
wmr0225 (1 year ago)
Do you have a video about how to ask a question in Ukrainian? Or can you?
0512NK (1 year ago)
оргія :-)
Briguy 70 (1 year ago)
Oh my goodness this will make my studying of the ukrainian language a whole lot simpler, thank you!! P.S. can you do more videos like this one?
Niel Dooley (1 year ago)
Found the music so loud that your voice was the background Olga. Music was unnecessary .
Olga Reznikova (1 year ago)
yes, sorry
RAVECH RAVECH (1 year ago)
please, tell me if the most of the ladies in general speak more russian than ukrainian language,cz i am learning russian a little bit,so i wanted to understand what my lovely lady want to say to me, appreciate.
RAVECH RAVECH (1 year ago)
I'll do my best learning from your lessons tks.
RAVECH RAVECH (1 year ago)
Ohhh,then I'll visit this cities asap as Kiev, Kharkov,Odessa, denepropetrov,lvyv,lugans,vinnitsya,zhaporozie, I think this towns the people speak Ukrainian n Russian language and French also,let me know please, thanks.
Olga Reznikova (1 year ago)
it depends from region, not woman or man
RAVECH RAVECH (1 year ago)
thank you dear Olga,finally i found a real honest decent place to learn about the real life of ukraine and of course about real family oriented ladies who can appreciate a humble real mature man like me, blessings.........
Laura Paxton (1 year ago)
Thank you. I'm studying Ukrainian and this helped me very much.
Yhanie P (6 months ago)
Laura Paxton i’m trying to learn ukrainian toooooo. It’s so cute to read some words in different languange!
Cristian Ruiz (1 year ago)
El idioma ukraniano tiene mucha similitud con el español, genial, más fácil de entender :)
Ladislav Cossack (4 months ago)
Sí, es cierto que traté de estudiar español y muchas palabras similares y Español idioma muy fácil.
Beks (1 year ago)
Thank you so much for this video!
Valerii Nikanorov (1 year ago)
популяризация нашей культуры за рубежом это круто и Вы молодчина, однако hooligan же, не huligan
lsmudeep (1 year ago)
please Olga tell me where I can find the list of all words ? .....
Casper's Cave (1 year ago)
Well done, your background music is perfect!
MOSCOW (1 year ago)
in Russian and Ukrainian very much borrowed words from Latin, French, English and German. Also there are many Turkic words. For example the word Maidan is Turkic
Olivia Krywulak (1 year ago)
I noticed that all languages have some similarity or ssomething in common
Carol Cummings (1 year ago)
Awesome video, but in English it's spelled "hooligan," not "huligan."
Olga Reznikova (1 year ago)
ok, thanks!
Lauren Johnson (1 year ago)
It would be better without the music:) thank you for teaching!!!
TheTriggerNZ (1 year ago)
Thank you
Zweihander11 (1 year ago)
EASYWAR (1 year ago)
You are soo beautiful !! :)
Dali Idriss (1 year ago)
thanks olga iam learning some word but the problem is how do i write
Laura Paxton (1 year ago)
DuoLingo has a course I've been taking and it has taught me how to write.
张木木 (1 year ago)
I am a chinese. This is very good It is useful to me
sonya partkuart (1 year ago)
thank you мадам
D P (1 year ago)
Please stop using background music.
Jacob Judy (3 months ago)
Sounds like a John Mayer backing track lol.
Soviet Union (7 months ago)
D P Agree
clifton poulton (1 year ago)
she is giving you lessons for free quit complaining!!!!!!!!!
Laura Paxton (1 year ago)
Or, turn the volume down on it more, so it is softer and it's easier to hear the voice. I don't think it's all bad but as it is now, it is distracting.
Stark (1 year ago)
Is Russian phonetic?
Snow Fawn (8 months ago)
+Roger MetalgearSolid No it's not a second lenguage in any part of Poland.
Malonek (1 year ago)
The same goes for Czech, the stress has its place which is the same in 99 % of words. So for us it is difficult to learn the accents as well. In general though, Russian was about three times easier for me to learn than English.
Strzelba Stian (1 year ago)
I am also a Polish guy, and for me the toughest thing to get the hang of is the stress placement in Russian words. In Polish, the stress is pretty much always put on the second last syllable, while in Russian you have to memorize where you need to put it to pronounce it correctly.
Metalgear SolidSnake (1 year ago)
As a polish guy, you should have it easy to learn Russian, is it not your second language in some places in poland?
garniak (1 year ago)
Russian is not totally phonetic and has many weird accents known as "ударение". It is very confusing for me as a Polish native speaker.
Felipe Vallim (1 year ago)
Hi Olga, im from Brazil and im study russian language. I think the portuguese language have a similar words too, for example the word ends GYA in portuguese its GIA. Other words the write and proununce its the same, like a SISTEMA, PROBLEMA and NORMA. Thank you to share this video. I like so much your channel.
Manfred Bismark (1 year ago)
Good video!!!
cncmoh (1 year ago)
This video helps a lot. I'm on my way now to learning Ukrainian. I have to get my pronunciation right.
Jade Zasadny (1 year ago)
Thank you so much!! this video was especially helpful to me!
MR.dmz (1 year ago)
thank you! So helpful. I watched it with my Ukrainian wife and she was like "этак! this is very true."
lisa krav (1 year ago)
What the smart girl!!!
smooth_operator 35 (1 year ago)
how come you pronounce your г like an h, for example grandiose. Is this some exception?
Nataliya Rodriguez (1 year ago)
The г is a G in Russian most Ukrainians pronounce the G as an h.
Olga Reznikova (1 year ago)
no exception, I pronounce it like in all cases
Jamil Chihneh (1 year ago)
Olga can you tell me what's the difference between the и and the i? Thank you
Jamil Chihneh (1 year ago)
MOSCOW (1 year ago)
+Jamil Chihneh Ukrainian alphabet is almost the same as Russian. The difference in the couple of letters.
Jamil Chihneh (1 year ago)
however i know the russian alphabet, but not the ukranian one
MOSCOW (1 year ago)
You're welcome
Jamil Chihneh (1 year ago)
scott baker (1 year ago)
that is a fantastic video and so simple...thank you!!
keretaman (1 year ago)
this was great. благодарю!
Hashim (1 year ago)
Thank you For the video
ArkM55 (1 year ago)
Thanks for the video. It is nice to know this kind of thing. I find Ukrainian very difficult with its seven different grammatical cases compared to English that has only three. I suppose that spelling is easier in Ukrainian than in English because it is mainly phonetic.
Olga Reznikova (1 year ago)
yes its true
mauricio (1 year ago)
Thank you Olga,always love to see you
Randy (1 year ago)
Thank you for making your language easier to learn!
Allan Ruhl (1 year ago)
Is your first language Ukrainian or Russian?
Olga Reznikova (1 year ago)
+kaiseruhl my native language is only Ukrainian. I know Russian, but I dont use it in life. At least now
Allan Ruhl (1 year ago)
She's bilingual for sure. Trilingual actually since she speaks good English but I wonder what language she knew first. I know that in Ukraine you're exposed to both very early on in life.
I think she is bilingual
moataz karim (1 year ago)
Thank you 😘
Imya Familiya (1 year ago)
Я не знаю, будто это слово пишется по-украински, однако по английски - mission, по-русски миссия. Оба варианта с 2-мя "с". Когда учишь британский, для тебя точно также молвят, что ты уже знаешь кучу британских слов и приводят в образец те же самые ^_^ Хорошее видео, иноземцам будет здорово!
Seanus32 (1 year ago)
Just like in Polish. Thx 4 the vid!!
Olga Reznikova (1 year ago)
Я думаю, полезное видео даже для украинцев и россиян. А миссия на украинском верно написана, а вот на англ. вышла ошибочка
serge barbier (1 year ago)
Thanks Kevin
Borys NS (1 year ago)
Hi Olia, . Terrific! I just increased my Ukrainian vocabulary by at least 500%! . Are you remodeling your home? Looks like the walls behind you have been stripped and are ready for paint or wall covering. Take care, B
Borys NS (1 year ago)
Ooops! Interesting pattern!;))<<
Olga Reznikova (1 year ago)
Hehe, I changed apartment and this is special decor for wall here;-)
Wamcelot (1 year ago)
This is an awesome video. I knew of words that sounded the same, but I was not aware that there were so many and with a simple change that you describe. ;-) ... I can help my friend In Ukraine learn English a bit better now also. Thank you :-) Are there expressions or idioms in Ukraine like there are in US? For Example T.G.I.F = Thank God Its Friday I have a bone to pick with you = something that you say when you want to talk to someone about something they have done that has annoyed you Don't put all your eggs in one basket = Do not put all your resources in one possibility. Curiosity killed the cat = Being Inquisitive can lead you into an unpleasant situation. Whole nine yards = Everything. All of it. Every cloud has a silver lining = Be optimistic, even difficult times will lead to better days. These are just a few of the many many that we have.
Olga Reznikova (1 year ago)
yes, we have this kind of idioms, but they sounds different;-) maybe I will share them on my videos;)
Imya Familiya (1 year ago)
Some of them there are in Russian: Don't put all your eggs in one basket. Не клади все яичка в одну корзину. The translation is the same. Curiosity killed the cat. Любопытной Варваре на рынке нос оторвали. The translation is something like that: Curious Varvara is torn off her nose in a bazzar. Every cloud has a silver lining. Нет худа без добра. The translation is something like that: there is no evil without good.
amaromem1 (1 year ago)
Really is it so simple?! You are a Heroe!! I love you!! =) This works with all english words with these terminations? or about 80%-100%? I didn't get very well hack #3.. that works with words with termination "m"? I am sure hack #3 is related to Computation Sciences and Technological Terms
amaromem1 (1 year ago)
+Olga Reznikova What thing you didn't notice before Olia? :)
Olga Reznikova (1 year ago)
+amaromem1 oh really!!! I even didn't notice it before;-)
amaromem1 (1 year ago)
+Olga Reznikova Yesss I feel like all a Zaporozhian Cossack hehe
amaromem1 (1 year ago)
+AleksandrSL No all Latin origin words, I mean just words that finish with "m" and related to Technology and Sciences, for example: electrocardiogram - електрокардіограма problem - неувязка encephalogram - енцефалограма diagram - діаграма sum - сума photogram - фотограма
AleksandrSL (1 year ago)
maybe you want to say latin words?
Dominika Domaczaja (1 year ago)
i understand all of these ukrainian words without english because i am native Polish speaker.
Diesel Dan (1 year ago)
Very clever hacks! You are the first person I know who has offered this hack! Good work! Now if you could make another clever hack to help native English speakers get past the simple English grammer and absorb the very complex Slavic grammer and very loose use of prepositions. Noun/adjective inflections and verb conjugations are a major obstacle for English speakers who only have to rely on a logical word order and precise use of prepositions in using English. In Polish, I counted over 70 separate conjugations for each verb!!!!!!
luckyluckydog123 (1 year ago)
+AleksandrSL Oh, now I see what you meant, I didn't know you were a Russian speaker :) Polish songs might be less understandable than Ukrainian one because, first, as the documents you linked point out (thanks for those, BTW), Russian vocabulary is quite a bit closer to Ukrainian than to Polish. Second, in Polish there are some sound changes which might make words more difficult to recognise, most notably soft r рь sounds like ж in Polish (eg река, in Polish rzeka, is pronounced жека). I got the percentages I reported by going through the Swadesh lists, counting 0% if the word is totally different, 50% if, with hindsight, it bears some similarity, 75% if it is similar but perhaps has a somewhat different meaning and 100% for words which are the same or almost the same; a final average of these percentages gave my final figures.
AleksandrSL (1 year ago)
+Dominika Domaczaja ;)
Dominika Domaczaja (1 year ago)
+AleksandrSL okay, i understand ;)
AleksandrSL (1 year ago)
+Dominika Domaczaja wait, I'm not doing this now.
Ian Parenteau (1 year ago)
I now find your new videos very difficult to watch because the music interferes with the sound of your voice...
D P (1 year ago)
But, there's no option to turn the music off. Trust me, your videos are better without the background music.
Laura Paxton (1 year ago)
I love your video but the music was very distracting when I was trying to concentrate and learn, even though I had the subtitles on.
Olga Reznikova (1 year ago)
you can use subtitles
Pietro Volpe (1 year ago)
Those are Latin words in Latin you pronounce tion like tsion
Pietro Volpe (1 year ago)
Anyway I used those tricks, caveat it doesn't work in all cases
E. Brito (1 year ago)
Thank you very much for this video Olia!! This information is pretty useful!! I have just some questions to do: What's the relation of ukrainian and latin language? And... What's the influence of greek language to the ukraininan? xoxo ;)
Olga Reznikova (1 year ago)
+AleksandrSL old Russian calls old Russian now. and Old slavic is old slavic;-)
AleksandrSL (1 year ago)
Until Recently, Ukrainians called Russians (Руськie), And the ancient language calles Old Russian. P.S. It's for reference, not for anger.
Ярема Керр (1 year ago)
Greek Ольга
Olga Reznikova (1 year ago)
big influence from green language, because the first Bible was translated by Cyril and Methody into old Ukrainian (this is why our alphabet called cyrillyc). And they includes to translation a lot of greak letters and greak words... so we have a lot of them
Jasmine Ismail (1 year ago)
This is so helpful! My boyfriend is Ukrainian and I'm slowly learning it! Your videos are great! :)
lisa krav (1 year ago)
You are very cute,he is lucky boy.
Olga Reznikova (1 year ago)
thank you!;-)
serge barbier (1 year ago)
As french citizen can i live in Ukraine without problems? What is the equivalence between euro and your local coin? Thank you very much!
serge barbier (1 year ago)
Okay. Thank you very much!
Kevin Roddy (1 year ago)
+serge barbier according to Google "EU nationals may stay for an unlimited period, but must register with the local authorities after three months."
Olga Reznikova (1 year ago)
+serge barbier for all UN citizen
serge barbier (1 year ago)
+Kevin Roddy The same for Slovenia?
Kevin Roddy (1 year ago)
Serge, you can stay in Ukraine without a VISA for a maximum of 90 days in a 180 day time span. Then you will need to return to France. The currency rate is 28.5 UAH for 1 Euro.
LouisPowell (1 year ago)
Thanks Olga for another video

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