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Ukrainian, Ukrayins'ka

Related languages One of the eastern Slavonic languages, Ukrainian is most closely related to Russian, and Belarusian.
European speakers 41,000,000 speakers. Since it was made official language in 1991 the number of speakers has grown.
Territories Ukrainian is the official language of the Ukraine. Home speakers can be found in Azerbaijan, Belarus, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan, Poland, the Czech Republic, and Slovakia.
Alphabet The language is written in the Cyrillic script.
First examples We can see evidence of Ukrainian in medieval Church Slavonic texts. We can draw a picture of the language spoken by the Ukrainian scribes from the deviations they make from standard Church Slavonic.
Other facts Ukrainian developed as a language of its own in the 19th century, spurred on by a growing sense of national identity and desire for national expression. At this time the country was divided between western Ukraine, as part of the Austrian empire, and eastern Ukraine, part of the Russian empire. The Russian empire banned the printing of Ukrainian until 1876.
News in Ukrainian BBC World Service in Ukrainian.

Key Phrases
Laskavo prosimo!
Rada z vami poznaiomitisia.
Pleased to meet you.
Doprii den'.
Do pobacheniia.
Thank you.
Mene zvati ...
My name is ...
Bi rozmovliaiete angliis'koju movoiu?
Do you speak English?
Vibachte, ja ne rozmovliaiu ukraïnskoiu movoiu.
I'm sorry, I don't speak Ukrainian.
Meni potribna dopomoga.
I need help.
Proshu skazati, de tut tualet?
Where is the toilet, please?

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