Ukrainian language

Ukrainian Institute aspires to make the Ukrainian language better known in the world. 

With this aim Ukrainian Institute: 

  • Promotes Ukrainian names and use of Ukrainian transliteration;
  • Informs foreigners about the possibilities of studying Ukrainian;
  • Initiates and supports creation of Ukrainian audio guides in the museums and galleries across the world;
  • Cooperates with National Commission on the Standards of the State Language.

Ukrainian audio guides in the museums

In 2019-2020, Ukrainian Institute launched Ukrainian audio guides in:  

Why should you learn the Ukrainian language?  

  • To explore the richness of Ukrainian culture and art. Knowledge of Ukrainian helps to access a rich cultural heritage and contemporary culture of Ukraine.   
  • To get around Ukraine. Knowledge of Ukrainian will allow you to travel more freely in Ukraine, to discover new historical and natural sites.    
  • To study at the best Ukrainian university. Ukraine offers a wide range of educational opportunities for foreign students. More information is here.   

Online resources to help learn Ukrainian

Although Ukrainian Institute does not run language classes, we offer you a wide range of online resources to help learn Ukrainian from basic to advance level. 

SpeakUkraine 

National platform for studying the Ukrainian language that includes online and offline resources, mobile application, and dictionaries. 

Any level of proficiency. 

Free bite-sized lessons adjusted for your level of proficiency training you in all aspects of language. Created in partnership with Peace Corps volunteers who served in Ukraine, so it will aid you greatly if you consider doing community service in the country. 

  • Р.І.Д is an application expands the user’s vocabulary. Each day, the user receives three new words to learn and thus gradually overcomes seven levels of application.
  • Mondly

    For beginners.

    The app covers numerous topics needed for traveling and engages all aspects of language learning: reading, writing, listening, and speaking. The app is great for keeping your motivation up by tracking your progress and demonstrating your achievements over time. 

  • Pimsleur 

    For pre-intermediate learners and higher

    You can start speaking some Ukrainian from the very first lesson due to the app’s focus on speaking skills. You will learn proper pronunciation by listening to native speakers. The lessons are all audio which makes it convenient for listening while driving, exercising, or doing household chores.

Phrasebooks are easy to use during trips, they have a large vocabulary of words and common phrases. The user can practice proper pronunciation of words and phrases and improve knowledge of Ukrainian phonetics by using these apps. 

Ukrainian Lessons Podcast  is series of free audio lessons to learn conversational modern Ukrainian by Anna Ohoiko. 

All levels of proficiency.

From the alphabet and basic greetings to more complex grammar and slang. In each of the five seasons of the podcast, Anna introduces a new level of proficiency. In separate episodes teacher Ohoiko also breaks down songs’ lyrics, converses with native speakers, and includes tips on how to learn more effectively.  

Speak Ukrainian platform is intended for everyone who needs to improve the Ukrainian language  both Ukrainian citizens and foreigners.  

A Taste of UkrainianRead Ukrainian!Ukrainian WordsCommunicative Ukrainian for Research and Fieldwork are online resources developed by Marta Jenkala, Ukrainian Institute London.

Ukrainian language spelling simulator is combining theory with practical tasks, it contributes to learning of Ukrainian grammar and improve spelling skills.

Ukrainskamova is a website that includes rules of spelling, punctuation, correct accents, as well as a dictionary of synonyms. 

Preply 

Any level of proficiency.

Ukrainian founded-platform platform that connects students with Ukrainian language tutors. You can schedule sessions with a native speaker who is best for you to practice with based on your goals. Security on the platform is guaranteed. 

LingQ 

Perfect for pre-intermediate to advanced learners.

Deep immersion in the language through content in the original language. The platform collected books, news, science, business, or travel articles all in one place for you. Your account can be synchronized on multiple devices. It also allows you to look up new words and save them in the dictionary.

Ukrainian Course.com 

Any level of proficiency.

Site that offers learning tools for all levels from beginner to advanced. You can take a course or just do individual listening or reading tasks for fun discovering interesting facts about Ukraine along the way. One of the platforms where you can learn for free.

YouTube channels developed by Ukrainian language teachers for language learners: 

Ukrainian Language

Speak Ukrainian  

Ukrainian language  

Є-мова 

The platform includes online courses on Ukrainian, promotion of the Ukrainian language, cultural and educational courses, teacher training courses. 

Peace Corps Ukrainian Lessons 

Free English language course that will help a foreigner to acquire basic knowledge of the Ukrainian language. The course offers eBooks, the Ukrainian audios and online recorder to practice the pronunciation.

Udemy

For beginners.

Real-life course taught by Ph.D. professors that consists of 20 lessons. Allows you to learn grammar and vocabulary needed for daily life as well as effectively introduces the phonetics of the language. Does not overload learners with difficult grammar explanations.

Mariana Burak, Yabluko. Elementary level (2015). Available audio.  

Olena Synchak, Yabluko. Advanced level (2015). Available audio.   

Yuri Shevchuk, Beginner’s Ukrainian (2013).  

Є. Голованенко, Українська мова для іноземців. Рівень 1, 2, 3. (2020). 

Данута Мазурик, Крок за кроком. Українська мова для іноземців.  2017 

Галина Макарова, Let’s Speak Ukrainian (1, 2, 3) 2010 

Л. Назаревич, Н. Гавдида, Українська мова для іноземців. 2017. Podcast  

Олеся Палінська, Оксана Туркевич, КРОК-1, КРОК-2 (українська мова як іноземна) 2014 

Repository Simon Kuznets Kharkiv National University of Economics: textbooks and dictionaries. 

  • Mova.info. Linguistic portal. 
  • Yuri I. Shevchuk, The Ukrainian-English Collocation Dictionary (2021) This dictionary combines elements of six types of dictionaries: translation, collocation, learner’s, thesaurus, phraseological and encyclopedic dictionaries.
  • Slovnyk is an explanatory and orthographic dictionary of the Ukrainian language. The resource also provides a tool for transliterating names. 
  • Goroh is a public electronic library, which contains the main dictionaries of the Ukrainian language.

LanguageTool is a free and open-source multilingual grammar, style, and spell checker, all its features are available for download.

Online corrector is a writing assistant instrument that automatically correct errors in Ukrainian texts in Google Docs or Microsoft Word.

UkrMova is a free service for review spelling, grammar, punctuation.

International Summer School “Ukrainian Language and Country Studies”. The Center for Ukrainian Studies, Ivan Franko National University. 

School of Ukrainian Language and Culture. Ukrainian Catholic University. 

The list was prepared in cooperation with the National Commission on the Standards of the State Language, Ukrainian universities with the special thanks to Mariana Doboni.