Beginning Ukrainian

by Oksana Sachyk, Ph.D.

Peer Reviewed by Teresa Polowy, Ph.D.
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Using our Beginning Ukrainian online course, you can follow Steven, a Canadian student, as he visits Ukraine and befriends a native Ukrainian living in the capital city of Kyiv. Watch video and learn about greetings, shopping, food, dining out, weather, education, literature, holiday traditions, and more.  With our specially designed video player for language learning you can pause the video at any point and scroll the transcription. Read annotations about culture and grammar. Click on almost any word or sentence to hear it spoken, along with translations.   This course can be used either by independent learners or by students in a traditional or self-instructional classroom setting, and is the equivalent of the material covered in a one-year college course.  

Classroom-Tested and Peer-Reviewed

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Beginning Ukrainian was developed and peer-reviewed by Ukrainian language experts, and used by college students as their textbook. It was originally published as part of the highly reviewed University of Arizona Critical Languages Series.  We’ve added many new mobile-friendly features.  The course contains 20 lessons featuring 23 videos of native speakers with transcriptions, translations, and annotations.  Also Includes 7500 native speaker word and sentence audio recordings.

Just $9.99/month (3-month minimum).  

Multiple Choice, Fill in the blank, and Listening Dictation exercises are provided for each lesson. A searchable audio glossary with thousands of words and translations helps you find every occurrence of a word or part of a word in all of the lessons. Here is a demonstration video showing how our searchable audio glossary works.

Lesson 1: Introduction

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Sample Video: Ukrainian Numbers 0-20

Table of Contents and Free Sample Lessons with Video

Try one of the sample lessons below with video, transcriptions, annotations, translations, and individual word and sentence audio recordings:
Ukrainian Alphabet with example words


  1. ЗНАЙОМСТВО (Introduction), Try: Audio Flashcards, Drag the words, Listening Dictation
  2. ЩО ЦЕ? (What is this?)
  3. УКРАЇНСЬКА РОДИНА (Ukrainian family)
  4. У КІМНАТІ (In the room)
  6. МИ ВИВЧАЄМО МОВУ (We learn languages)
  7. МІЙ ТИЖДЕНЬ (My week)
  8. МИНУЛІ ВИХІДНІ (Last week)
  9. КУДИ ТИ ЙДЕШ? (Where are you going?)
  10. ПОКУПКИ (Shopping)
  11. У ГОСТЯХ (On a visit)
  12. ТЕЛЕФОННА РОЗМОВА (Telephone conversation)
  13. КОТРА ГОДИНА? (What time is it?)
  14. ЩО НОВОГО? (What’s new?)
  15. У МАГАЗИНІ (At the store)
  16. ЯКЕ СЬОГОДНІ ЧИСЛО? (What is today’s date?)
  17. У ГОТЕЛІ (At the hotel)
  18. ПРОГНОЗ ПОГОДИ (Weather forecast)
  19. У МІСТІ (In town)
  20. У РЕСТОРАНІ (At a restaurant)
Beginning Ukrainian – Grammar and Supplement Index

About the Author

Oksana Sachyk graduated from Kyiv State Shevchenko University, Kyiv, Ukraine, with a PhD degree in Linguistics.  She worked as an associate professor at Kyiv National Shevchenko University, Department of Foreign Philology teaching courses in English Language and Literature. After moving to Canada, she taught Ukrainian and Russian at FLIO, the Foreign Language Institute of Ottawa. Since 2008, she has worked as a language specialist and learning consultant for the Canadian government.  She is also the author of our Intermediate Ukrainian.
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