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5 reasons to learn Ukrainian

Why should you learn Ukrainian?

In this blogpost, you will find out 5 reasons why, plus a bonus reason at the end.

Reasons to learn Ukrainian

1. Traveling

If you’d like to travel to Ukraine after the war, it would be really cool to speak some Ukrainian! I receive so many messages from people who want to come here after the war either to rebuild our country, or who have just learned about how beautiful Ukraine actually is, and who would love to explore our charming Ukrainian lands. Ukrainians are very welcoming towards foreigners, but if you speak to them in Ukrainian, you will make an incredible impact on them, believe me!

And Ukraine is definitely an amazing country for tourism. Here you will find charming diverse nature (from noble mountains and dense forests to golden seashores and even a desert!), amazing natural reserves, beautiful architecture, famous historical sights, and delicious cuisine. The prices are really affordable, and the people are friendly. So make sure to visit us!

2. Understanding of Slavic languages

Also learning Ukrainian will be incredibly helpful if you plan to learn or at least understand some other Slavic languages. Only when all the world started speaking about Ukraine many people realized how similar Ukrainian and Polish, Slovak, or Serbian are to each other! You will soon realize that Ukrainian has tons of words that are completely different from russian and that Ukrainian is, again, much more similar to other Slavic languages. And if we speak about pronunciation, then Ukrainian is much closer to Polish, Slovak, Czech, and Belorussian (22-29 common features) than to russian (11 common features).

Ukrainian and Polish languages

3. Huge community

Learning Ukrainian

Did you know that Up to 45 million people around the world speak Ukrainian? You can find Ukrainian speakers not only in Ukraine but in Ukrainian communities in Canada (1,2 mln), the USA (1.5 mln), Brazil (500K), Moldova (477K), Argentina (300K), Germany (123K) and in many other countries.

More than 1,3 million people have started learning Ukrainian on Duolingo. The interest in learning Ukrainian increased enormously in the language schools. Many people choose and love learning Ukrainian. And of course, the people whose ancestors were from Ukraine are especially interested in returning to their roots now.

So you will definitely find “your people” to speak Ukrainian with them among this huge number of people in the world.

4. Education

Ukraine is a very popular country for studying.

Every year (before the war obviously) more and more students from different countries chose Ukrainian universities. In 2020 around 76 500 foreign students from 155 countries were studying at Ukrainian universities. The most popular majors are Medicine (including Dentistry and Pharmacy), Management, Finance, Economy and Law, and Language learning. And of course, the language of study here is Ukrainian. To start your university, you need to know Ukrainian at B1 level at least, in order to understand everything that you are studying. So if you plan to study in Ukraine, it might be a better idea to begin learning it right now.