like my other cousin attended
It looks like you have cousins all over Ukraine and beyond and all of them live in villages and besides speaking Ukrainian, as you claim, they are happy to escape from Ukrainian classes, but obviously sit and listen as the Russian is being taught. Very interesting. What else, inventor? ;)
And what would be the problem with that?
Problem? Very simple: waste of time. I wish I was learning French or German then. One wants to expand his horizon, not limit.
Why would I speak it?
I didn't ask you to speak it. You claim that it is a single language, but you seem not to be intelligent enough to learn it. So, is it your weak brain capacities or maybe the languages are indeed different?
I suppose if my family haven't moved overseas some 20 years ago, I may have made more of an effort
I doubt it. Having so many cousins and no success. What would have changed? ;)
couldn't recognize a Russian accent by ear in that video?
I haven't seen the video. And not a bit interested.
I recommend you move to Ukraine, too - this way you'll learn to recognize "Russian" Ukrainians by their accents ;)
Very funny. I fell.
in the best interest of Ukraine, tell your friend Woon to start using translate.google (at least) and do not excuse his laziness and ignorance.
Antek, you are too serious. I bet Ukraine will be allright even if two of her sons anger the international relationship between our two countries by sabotaging the transliteration ;) Besides, you have Ukrainian blood and we are friends no matter what :) (gotta go, talk to you later)