Languages of Ukraine: Ukrainian and Russian

In Ukraine people speak mainly two languages:

– Ucrainian
– Russian

Russian is well know almost everywhere (due to the Soviet times) and is the most widely spoken language in the Eastern side of Ukraine and all along the Crimean peninsula.

In the Western part of the country the first language is Ukrainian.

This show quite clearly the political division of the country:
East pro Russia and West pro Europe, USA…

For all this reasons and others, you may look a bit odd to some people if you talk Ukrainian for es. in Donetsk or Luhansk… and the same if you speak Russian in L’viv. Can also happen they will not understand you or just pretend not to hear.

It is also quite common to hear people speak Russian using in the same time different Ukrainian words, or the opposite.

Anyway, until now, in Ukraine there is just ONE official language:


This means every official document or activity is in Ukrainian.

For this reason is important to know at least some word of this language because, even if it is very similar to the Russian language, many things are totally different.

Cat in Ukrainian is KIT in Russian the same word means Whale.

So we decided to publish several new posts in future about the Ukrainian language; in few words a very short phrasebook:)

If you want us to write about a particular topic, fell free to write us (post a comment), if we can, we will be happy to help you.

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