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Ukrainian language similar to Polish?



southern 76 | 7,116    
4 Apr 2009  #31

Have you been contusioned during a fight with a squirrel?

I told how it sounds.You don't need to know what it means,just judge by ear how it sounds.For me czech sounds very similar to serbian.I don't know serbian but I suppose they have certain similarities.

The Czechs and Poles tend to cut the vowels while Russians say them.For example nazdravi in czech nazdarovie in russian.Divka in czech,debushka in russian.Krasna in czech krassivaya in russian.The Poles tend to keep several of the vowels but they add some sounds like cz,sz which add consonants thus making the language sound again syncopated but more rounded than czech.Because if you don't have vowels where will the ton be?So while russian is melodic and flows,czech has twistes and pauses and polish ups and downs in intonations with several endings to cause again more smooth sounding sentences.

Anyway I am not an expert in slavic languages,this is my opinion after listening to them.


Nathan 18 | 1,373    
4 Apr 2009  #32

Nathan:
Have you been contusioned during a fight with a squirrel?

But you name some languages dialects of others and Bulgarian is "provincial" for you to Russian. I don't consider your expressions to be correct, not your hearing.
southern 76 | 7,116    
4 Apr 2009  #33

and Bulgarian is "provincial" for you to Russian.

With provincial I mean that the accent is different from russian accent although many words are the same.The intonation is also different.

But you name some languages dialects of others

It is difficult to tell what is different language and what a dialect.Cyprian for example is a dialekt of greek and nobody denies that.And ''macedonian'' in my opinion is just a dialekt of bulgarian although inhabitants of Skopje may deny it.

But slovak is not a dialekt of czech and this is obvious.Belarus language is hardly spoken in some remote belarus villages.I doubt if even Lukashenko can speak belarus.To me it sounds like a dialekt.

Ukrainian is a different story.It is spoken only in western Ukraine and a bit in Kiev and it sounds more like polish than like russian.It sounds between polish and russian but more polish and I suspect that it has more words of polish origin than of russian origin as well.

Anyway Slavs are more in position to talk about their languages and I have noticed that in reality when real circumstances demand it,slavic languages are mutually intelligible in a great extent.
Nathan 18 | 1,373    
4 Apr 2009  #34

it sounds more like polish than like russian.It sounds between polish and russian but more polish and I suspect that it has more words of polish origin than of russian origin as well.

Tell better how Russian sounds in comparison to Ukrainian - like a harsh dialect. Don't be one-sided squirrel-fighter.

With provincial I mean that the accent is different from russian accent although many words are the same.The intonation is also different

Why don't you say Russian is a dialect of Bulgarian? Bulgaria existed well before Russia even dreamt of.

It is spoken only in western Ukraine and a bit in Kiev

You as always generalize. Majority, maybe, but not "only"
Filios1 8 | 1,336    
4 Apr 2009  #35

Nathan, whats your problem? Southern is just giving his own opinion, on how it sounds for an outsider. Is it really that hard to acknowledge that there are certain similarities between slavic speakers? Or is that simply outside the realm for someone as narrow minded as you?
southern 76 | 7,116    
4 Apr 2009  #36

Tell better how Russian sounds in comparison to Ukrainian - like a harsh dialect.

Yes,like harsh.It sounds more primitive but has power in it,like it is the real thing it expresses an authentic soul.

You as always generalize. Majority, maybe, but not "only"

I noticed that in Dnipropetrovsk nobody speaks ukrainian.The same is true for Kharkiv,Lugansk and Crimea.I doubt if some Ukrainians in these regions can actually read and understand ukrainian.
Davey 13 | 389    
4 Apr 2009  #37

Serbian sounds like czech

I don't believe it does although Slovenian might be somewhat similar to Czech.
Nathan 18 | 1,373    
4 Apr 2009  #38

it expresses an authentic soul

What does it mean? It is funny. What about Hungarian it does the same or not?

Cities were russificated for a long time, but suburban areas of those cities (which I imagine you haven't visited) speak mostly Ukrainian.

Nathan, whats your problem? Southern is just giving his own opinion, on how it sounds for an outsider. Is it really that hard to acknowledge that there are certain similarities between slavic speakers? Or is that simply outside the realm for someone as narrow minded as you?

And what is your problem? I just reply. For me it sounds arrogant the way he talks of Bulgarians and Bielarus. Narrow minded, well, for you to judge, for me to decide.
osiol 55 | 3,926    
5 Apr 2009  #39

Southern is just giving his own opinion

Interesting opinion even if it doesn't always entirely make sense.

For me it sounds arrogant

Get southern talking about girls then for comparison.

I think Slovakian sounds a bit more "Goodbye Mister Bond" than Polish. There is always something of a dialect continuum in the Slavic family, with some linguistic borders stronger than others. Even Slovenian and Czech are supposed to have similarities that can seperate them from all the others despite being seperated by German and Hungarian speaking areas and the fact that they are in seperate groups - West and South Slavic.

There is something called the Balkans linguistical gubbins (my name for it because I've forgotten the real one) where even Romanian and Albanian share similar features to their neighbouring langauges due to developing in close proximity to eachother.

Ukrainian? I dunno.
Ilativ - | 10    
6 May 2009  #40

Ukrainians peak thier own branch of eastern-Slavic languages, in Zaporizzja both Polish and Muscovian cultural influences were small until Peter I who made there "order" and reformed language. Languages are evoluateing and it`s not that Ukrainian is some hybrid of Muscovian and Polish, is just different but similar, as all Slavic languages are similar each-other
Nathan 18 | 1,373    
6 May 2009  #41

Lwow, Luck, Kamieniec Podolski i Zytomierz wiecznie polskie!

I can translate it: L'viv, Luc'k, Kamianec'-Podil'skyj and Zytomyr - zawzdy ukrajins'ki!
Marek 4 | 867    
11 May 2009  #42

Isn't it true that Polish 'o' often becomes 'i' in Ukrainian, e.g. 'Dobra noc!' in Polish vs. Ukrainian 'Dobra nich!'??
Michal - | 1,865    
17 May 2009  #43

I have sometimes listened to Ukrainian on satilite TV at home and it is really easy to follow what is happening through Polish.
Nathan 18 | 1,373    
18 May 2009  #44

Isn't it true that Polish 'o' often becomes 'i' in Ukrainian, e.g. 'Dobra noc!' in Polish vs. Ukrainian 'Dobra nich!'??

Yes, and "rz" often is expressed as "r" in Ukrainian:
rzeka - rika
rzecz - rich
porzeczka - porychka
brzeg - bereg
brzoza - bereza ...
You can also notice that in Polish "e" is omitted in the last two words, while in Ukrainian it is present.
Lyzko    
18 May 2009  #45

The latter two examples would then explain a family name "Berezow", probably Ukrainian, not Russian, and looking deceptively similar to the Russian word for "birch tree".

Boy, etymologies are tricky:-)
Sasha 2 | 1,082    
18 May 2009  #46

The latter two examples would then explain a family name "Berezow"

How comes?

and looking deceptively similar to the Russian word for "birch tree".

Why not vice versa? :)
Marek 4 | 867    
18 May 2009  #47

Again, Sascha, it's only a guess.
Nathan 18 | 1,373    
18 May 2009  #48

"-" vs "O"
glód - holod
chlód - kholod
krowa - korowa
krona - korona
król - korol'
młot - molot
mróz - moroz

"O" vs "I"
stól - stil
dom - dim
ból - bil'
pot - pit
okno - wikno

Very similar words:

choroba - choroba
łopata - lopata
pies - pes
parasol - parasolia
zima - zyma
lato - lito
wiosna - wesna
życie - zyttia
żyto - żyto
niebo - nebo
wiatr - witer

Different words:

biedronka - zozul'ka
kotwica - jakir
czołg - tank
Salomon 2 | 436    
18 May 2009  #49

So maybe Polonisation wasn't that bad :) If you are so proud of its effects LOL heheh
PennBoy 77 | 2,442    
23 Jun 2009  #50

chlód - kholod

question nathan in Ukrainian or Russian is the K silent or do you pernounce it in words like khleb or Kharkov , we just say chleb for bread, ch is like just h
Nathan 18 | 1,373    
23 Jun 2009  #51

Yes, "kh" in Ukrainian (English) = "ch" in Polish. "K" is silent. So you would read it as "cholod", correct. Little correction: the city's name is Kharkiv (Charkiv) and khlib (chlib) if you are interested in Ukrainian pronunciation. :)
Sasha 2 | 1,082    
23 Jun 2009  #52

we just say chleb for bread, ch is like just h

chleb in Russian is "hleb". The sound "ch" merges to one letter "х".
PennBoy 77 | 2,442    
23 Jun 2009  #53

Yes, "kh" in Ukrainian (English) = "ch" in Polish. "K" is silent. So you would read it as "cholod", correct. Little correction: the city's name is Kharkiv (Charkiv) and khlib (chlib) if you are interested in Ukrainian pronunciation. :)

Thanx Nathan and Sasha, i knew i was right, i heard some idiot German in a war documentary say khleb and khlebushka for bread pernouncing the K, i thought it was the same as in Polish.
Jihozapad    
24 Jun 2009  #54

The Poles tend to keep several of the vowels but they add some sounds like cz,sz which add consonants thus making the language sound again syncopated but more rounded than czech.Because if you don't have vowels where will the ton be?

Sounds like cz, sz,rz in Polish are represented by Č, Š and ř in Czech; what makes Czech sound different to Polish is the strong emphasis on the first syllable, and the use of elongated sounds like the ý in "Český".

The lack of vowels isn't a problem for us Slavic language speakers, I can definitely "feel" the missing vowels in Strè prst skrz krk (przełóż palec przez gardło/stick your finger through your throat), haha :)
PennBoy 77 | 2,442    
24 Jun 2009  #55

The Czechs and Poles tend to cut the vowels while Russians say them.For example nazdravi in czech nazdarovie in russian.

I dunno who said that Czech and Polish is similar, i've heard them talk dozens of times and i see almost no similarity, i understand much more Russian than Czech
Jihozapad    
24 Jun 2009  #56

Experts agree that there is some mutual intelligibility, but the emphasis is definitely on some. However, this is mainly in lower register speech.

Even then, there is a lot of difference, and false friends always get in the way - Tlustá dívka may not be a nice thing to say around a Czech woman, but tłusta dziwka is far worse in Polish! :)

Even basic words for things like tea, ticket and goodbye are totally different.

It's a great language, and the Czechs are much more fun than Poles, imo (ooo, controversial :) ) - and I speak as a Pole! ;)

Can't comment on the Ukrainian language because my Mum wouldn't even let me hang around with Ukrainian kids.
rdywenur 1 | 154    
10 Sep 2009  #57

I am a Polish American that can speak and understand Polish. I have friends who are Ukranian. I can understand some words to get the gest of what is being said but if it is written it looks like Russian so I would never be able to read it or even sound it out as I can Polish. If spoken similar to Polish more than Russian yet some Russian words are close to Polish also if you listen closely. Same as Spanish and Italian are similar in some cases yet not. (I also detect a feeling Ukranians feel they are better than a Pole does this show in EU)
violetka    
16 Sep 2009  #58

rdywenur

I am half Polish and half Russian. Admittedly, I was exposed to the Polish language much more than the Russian, as I was born in Poland and my father (whose family is the Russian side) also grew up in Poland, so I had pretty much no chance to speak Russian.

I started learning it about a year ago on and off. I find it easy to grasp. I find the vocabulary is quite similar and the grammar is similar in many aspects as well. Honestly speaking, the linguistic divide, meaning, between western slavic languages and eastern slavic languages, is faulty in my opinion. It is more political than anything!

I find it much easier to understand Russian than Czech. I find Ukrainian and Belorussian right in the middle between Polish and Russian.

I also have to agree with you rdywenur, that I feel Ukrainians also have something against Poland. Strange really, since historically speaking, what we now know as Ukraine was Poland. There was no Ukraine in existence, and the language is technically a dialect of Polish fused with Russian. If you do some background studying you will find that I'm not bullshitting.

Same goes with Belorussia, which was a Polish territory until annexed by the Russian empire.

I think politics and especially nationalists or people who are close minded and extremely egotistical when it comes to their country, are denying these facts and believing only what they want to hear.

Whatever way you look at it, we're all Slavic so it doesn't really matter. Either way we'll all find a way to understand each other better than anyone else can ;)
FRANCUSKA    
25 Dec 2009  #59

No wiecze co? Wy wszyscy spendzacze za dużo czasu na tym tematcze.
If you're Ukrainian , Russian or any of the other aforementioned races
than, CONGRATULATIONS! your language is similar to Polish.
szczeciniak 4 | 92    
25 Dec 2009  #60

how is this song sounds?
youtube.com/watch?v=YFCy1PlZ4Mw
and then this?
youtube.com/watch?v=9kVS2CLlEo8&feature=related

more Polish or more Russian ?




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