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 Post subject: Russian vs. Ukrainian?
Posted: Sun Jul 17, 2005 3:37 pm 
 
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Michael
Added: 21:36 29th.Jan.2005

Can anyone tell me, from experience, about the use of Russian vs. Ukrainian language in Kiev? I have read that Russian is spoken more in the east of Ukraine, and Ukrainian in the west, but I would like to hear from someone who has been there and knows the difference between the two languages. :)

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 Post subject: Comment from Artem
Posted: Sun Jul 17, 2005 3:38 pm 
 
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Added: 14:56 31st.Jan.2005

I'm Ukrainian. Most using language in Kiev is Russian.
This 2 languages have a lot differences;), but if you spoken on one when everybody understands you.
P.S.: Sorry for my English

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 Post subject: Comment from Brett
Posted: Sun Jul 17, 2005 3:39 pm 
 
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A commentary by: Brett Ousley Owner-Manager
Added: 1:07 23rd.Feb.2005



I have been living in Kiev for over three years and I am shocked when someone greets me and speaks Ukrainian. I am usually stopped every day on the street by someone asking for a light or directions and except for about 4 times in over three years it was always in Russian!

Ukrainian is mostly spoken in the western areas of Ukraine. The East and South predominantly speak Russian and the Crimea is exclusively Russian. Kiev is a mixture.

There is a huge governmental effort to turn the country into a Ukrainian speaking country. By governmental decree Ukrainian is the language used in all schools and advertising.

The last survey I read 70% of Ukrainians speak Russian at home. I speak some Russian but almost no Ukrainian. In the language schools here that cater to foreigners most classes teach Russian. There is very little demand for Ukrainian

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