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Introduction to Ukrainian language and culture
Introduction to Ukrainian language and culture

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3.1 How to get the most out of the course

In general, people learn by doing and the best way to learn a language is to use it. That’s why there are many activities. You can use the audio recorder function to record yourself speaking Ukrainian and then compare your recording with a pre-recorded model answer.

The audio recordings are very important. Listen to each one as often as you can and repeat what you hear, a word or a phrase at a time. This is the only way to learn to speak and understand a language.

You’ll also find audio recordings of the explanations and commentaries on the dialogues. This gives you extra opportunities to hear the pronunciation and allows you to learn on the go. You’ll still need to spend some quality time learning in a focused manner, but listening while doing chores, commuting or walking the dog will reinforce your learning.

You can read transcripts of the audio explanations. Look for green boxes with headings like ‘Let’s look at … more closely. Audio X transcript.’ We have kept the wording of our Ukrainian teacher, Olha, in the written version. You can learn a lot about Ukrainian from the way Ukrainians speak English – for example, that Ukrainian has no word for ‘the’ or ‘a.’

It’s a good idea to download the recordings and keep them all together in a folder or playlist. To download the recordings, just click the download button:

Figure 1: Example of an audio recording

This course is much more than a podcast though. It has online activities and video screencasts. You can access the transcripts for all the recordings. The cultural information (Ukraine Info) is in English. Look for the Ukrainian flag banner.

Figure 2: Ukrainian flag