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Ukrainian is written with the Cyrillic alphabet. It's similar to Russian, but with a few letters being a little different. In order to get going with your Ukrainian studies, you need to start familiarizing yourself with the alphabet. It's actually not that complicated, and many letters look like the ones you know from the Latin alphabet.




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As a complete beginner in Ukrainian, you might want to start with an audio course like Pimsleur. (link to amazon) Pimsleur is a very slow-paced course that focuses on correct pronunciation and simple, intuitive grammar. If you're completely new to learning languages by yourself, it can be helpful to start by doing this course. It has the advantage of taking you by the hand and introducing you to the bases of the language. The fact that it is slow-paced is an advantage for the complete beginner. It won't intimidate you, and you'll feel at ease with your first few words in Ukrainian.


You need to pick up a beginner's course for Ukrainian and get into a daily study routine. A course I often recommend is Teach Yourself Ukrainian (see it on Amazon) Teach Yourself is a course built up with dialogues, exercises and grammar explanations. It also comes with audio, which is extremely important when you learn Ukrainian by yourself.


If you do this for each word you're learning, you'll create a memory about that word. When you see it again, you'll be faced with your own formulation or the synonym that you've found yourself rather than an automatic translation. This is actually really important! In a way, you'll have created a relationship with that word, and that makes for many more synapses in your brain, which helps you learn the word much better than a "neutral" dictionary-lookup would.


A language buddy is someone who speaks your target language, and who's learning a language that you know well. You then act as a tutor for one another. This can ideally work really well, and you can use the same approach as the one I described above with a paid tutor. It can however be difficult to find a language partner who has the same ambition, dedication and approach as you do. And even if you find a great language buddy, you'll need to spend a lot of time being a tutor yourself. It feels great to help someone out, but if you're trying to fit your Ukrainian studies in to a busy schedule, it may seem like a lot of wasted efforts.


Obviously language companies like to big up their products but I just thought that with "teach yourself" marketing such a vast array of languages with different writers, lay-outs, sizes and so on, how they could generalise the "from beginner to level 4" statement that comes with each one of them. Having not completely finished all the units in either of the TY books I have I don't know for sure, But if any of you guys have opinions and/or experiences on this I'd love to hear them :-)


I suppose they mean that after finishing their course, you could pass a B1 exam and consider yourself B2. I just can't see that. The English B2 exam is the PET, and I just can't imagine someone finishing a Teach Yourself-type course and then passing the PET. It's not possible. At any rate, I can't see Teach Yourself even really getting people past the A2 exam.


Teaching and learning is a science, and teaching yourself Russian means understanding and adapting how information is stored in the brain. Cognitive psychology has found that in less than a second, new information sticks to human memory when it is relevant to you. Babbel capitalizes on this by introducing carefully designed sets of content in a way that succeeds to connect. To send information from short-term to long-term memory, Babbel reintroduces words through six memory stages using the technique of spaced repetition. Our data driven review manager moves these words through different patterns that are spaced out for the brain to optimally save new learnings. Whether you learn best by reading, writing, speaking, seeing or listening, Babbel addresses all individual needs for both visual and auditory learning types.


Are you looking for a complete course in Ukrainian which takes you effortlessly from beginner to confident speaker? Whether you are starting from scratch, or are just out of practice, Complete Ukrainian will guarantee success!Now fully updated to make your language learning experience fun and interactive. You can still rely on the benefits of a top language teacher and our years of teaching experience, but now with added learning features within the course. The course is structured in thematic units and the emphasis is placed on communication, so that you effortlessly progress from introducing yourself and dealing with everyday situations, to using the phone and talking about work. By the end of this course, you will be at Level B2 of the Common European Framework for Languages: Can interact with a degree of fluency and spontaneity that makes regular interaction with native speakers quite possible without strain for either party.Learn effortlessly with a new easy-to-read page design and interactive features: Not got much time?One, five and ten-minute introductions to key principles to get you started.Author InsightsLots of instant help with common problems and quick tips for success, based on the author's many years of experience.Grammar TipsEasy-to-follow building blocks to give you a clear understanding.Useful VocabularyEasy to find and learn, to build a solid foundation for speaking.DialoguesRead and listen to everyday dialogues to help you speak and understand fast.Pronunciation Don't sound like a tourist! Perfect your pronunciation before you go.Test YourselfTests in the book to keep track of your progress.The audio for this course can be downloaded from the Teach Yourself Library app or streamed at library.teachyourself.com.Rely on Teach Yourself, trusted by language learners for over 75 years.


  • ContentsThe Best Way to Learn Russian

  • 1. Use Authentic Media

  • 2. Immerse Yourself with a Good Program

  • 3. Take the Time to Learn Cyrillic to Teach Yourself Russian

  • 4. Memorize Common Words First to Learn Russian Fast

  • 5. Learn Cognates and Loanwords

  • 6. Immerse Yourself in Russian, at Home or Abroad

  • 7. Practice Your Skills Daily

  • Microlearning sessions

  • Language sprints

  • 8. Find a Native Speaker to Interact With

  • 9. Use an Online Russian Course or Program

  • 10. Hit Those Russian Books

  • 11. Learn with Videos

  • 12. Learn with Fun!

  • FAQ About Learning Russian

  • Is Russian hard to learn?

  • Is it possible to learn Russian by yourself?

  • Why learn Russian fast?

  • How long does it take to learn Russian?



To really benefit from home immersion, put together a plan. What will you do every day at home to surround yourself with the Russian language? Consider your daily routine, and think about all the places you could insert a little Russian.


Pull yourself up to full height. Imagine a string running through you from the crown of your head to your feet. Now imagine that string being gently pulled toward the sky. Your back will straighten. Your neck will hold your head high.


If you focus on telling the story of your presentation rather than yourself the energy shifts from 'me' to 'message'. You'll find it does make a difference to how you approach working with yourself to lessen the inconsistencies you find. 041b061a72


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