Ukrainian language vs Russian language
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Ukrainian language vs Russian language

Published on Tuesday, 24 October 2017 and posted in Russian - Beginner

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Ukrainian and Russian are Slavic languages and Indo-European language family comprises both of them.

If you are foreigner and going to visit Ukraine you will think about the language which better to learn in Kiev - Ukrainian vs Russian.

Some people think that Ukrainian and Russian languages are the same and it doesn't matter what language to learn. Other people think that Ukrainian and Russian languages have a lot of differences and better to learn one of them.

Let's investigate similarities and differences between Ukrainian and Russian together.

Similarities in lexical part of Ukrainian and Russian languages:

Question words

English Ukrainian Russian
What? Що? Что?
Where? Де? Где?
Where to? Куди? Куда?

Nouns

English Ukrainian Russian
Day День День
Evening Вечір Вечер
Night Ніч Ночь

Verbs

English Ukrainian Russian
to write писати писать
to read читати читать
to wake up вставати вставать

Adjectives

English Ukrainian Russian
black чорний чёрный
white білий белый
green зелений зелёный

Conjunctions

English Ukrainian Russian
and і и
but (in contrast) а а
because тому що потому что

 

Differences in lexical part of Ukrainian and Russian languages:

Question words

English Ukrainian Russian
About who? Про кого? О ком?
When? Коли? Когда?
Where from? Звідки? Откуда?

Nouns

English Ukrainian Russian
Bad ліжко кровать
Notebook зошит тетрадь
Pencil олівець карандаш

Verbs

English Ukrainian Russian
to draw малювати рисовать
to communicate спілкуватися общаться
to learn вивчати изучать

Adjectives

English Ukrainian Russian
red червоний красный
beautiful гарний красивый
stupid дурний глупый

Conjunctions

English Ukrainian Russian
thanks to завдяки благодаря
but але но
because of через из-за

 

As you see from the comparison of lexical parts of Ukrainian and Russian languages they have a lot of similarities and differences. It's up to your personal needs what language to learn. But if you think that if you know one of them and it's enough to understand both – you are mistaken. Anyway Ukrainian and Russian languages are very beautiful and you will have a great time during your studying.

We wish you a good luck!

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