Let the language-learning commence!

Now that I’ve officially accepted my invitation to serve in Ukraine, I have access to language lessons through my online Peace Corps hub.

I haven’t learned any yet, but I thought introducing the language to you would help me get started. Here goes:

-Ukrainian belongs to the Slavic group of the Indo-European language family.
-Ukrainian is specifically East Slavic, as are Russian, Rusyn & Belarusian — other groups are West Slavic (Czech, Slovak, Polish) and South Slavic (Croatian, Bosnian, Serbian, Bulgarian, Macedonian).
-Ukrainian uses the Cyrillic alphabet (pictured), which is comprised of 33 letters.
Stress can fall on any syllable of a word in Ukrainian (dang! I’ll have to throw all that next-to-last syllable thing from German out the window).

…time to start learning the alphabet — haven’t done that since I was a kid!

(Photo courtesy of http://www.brooksgreen.net/Siberia/Mary/Alphabet%20Lesson%20Plan_files/image001.gif; language information courtesy of “Survival Ukrainian, Peace Corps/Ukraine,” June 2006)

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