/ Ukrainian language similar to Polish?
"u selo"? What language is it?
Yes, Nathan, I was making fun of their pronunciation. They were making fun of mine, so I am entitled to poke back at them a little. I could never make the "v" sound like "u". It was always coming out like "fff seli" when I tried to say it. I make no secret that am Russian speaking ;)
I listened to a Ukrainian MP who was born in the central Ukraine (Zaporizhya) in 1960s. His parents had real difficulty in finding a Ukrainian school. They had to move in order to enrol their son in a school where he could be taught in Ukrainian.
Ukrainian language and literature were required subjects - at least, on my memory (late 70s, and 80s). As a matter of fact, half of my family lives in Zaporizhya, so I know it for sure. I have a cousin whose father was ethnic Russian, and she was bragging about being able to wiggle out of Ukrainians lessons altogether (while the rest of the kids coudn't) - but she had to commute to the all-Russian school as a result. I call shenanigans, unless you mean all-ukrainian school, like my other cousin attended - then you had to live in "selo".[/quote]
Being born in Lviv, which is a heart of Ukrainian re-birth, we had compulsory Russian language and Russian literature classes since grade 3 (10 years kids) as separate subjects from Foreign language or literature.
And what would be the problem with that? Poor you, had to learn Russian in the Soviet Union and another foreign language on top of that, just like everybody else. Also, you actually lived in Ukraine, studied Russian and you *still* couldn't recognize a Russian accent by ear in that video? What's going on? ;)
why don't you speak Ukrainian?
Why would I speak it? I think I explained it pretty clearly. I am perfectly content to speak Russian, while others speak Ukrainian back. Works great for me. This way neither of us has a ridiculous accent (which you couldn't hear, ha-ha! I'll poke fun at you for that forever ;) .
I suppose if my family haven't moved overseas some 20 years ago, I may have made more of an effort to "polish" (haha, get it?) my Ukrainian.
I recommend you move to Ukraine, too - this way you'll learn to recognize "Russian" Ukrainians by their accents ;)