Now let’s learn some basic Ukrainian conversations. This lesson will teach you how to introduce yourself, as well as simple words and phrases like yes, no, excuse me and I don’t understand. Learn these and you’ll be ready to conduct short conversations in Ukrainian.

This lesson is part of the chapter “Learning Ukrainian“.

Basic Ukrainian words & phrases: conversations

Video: Basic Ukrainian phrases

Created by Olga Reznikova

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Basic conversation

please / you’re welcomeбудь ласка / немає за щоbud' laska / nemaie za shchobud' laska, hovorit' povil'nishe!
you’re very welcomeНемає за щоNemaie za shchonemaie za shcho
thank youдякуюdiakuiudiakuiu
thank you very muchВелике спасибіvelyke spasybivelyke spasybi
Excuse me!Вибачте!Vybachte!vybachte!


I understand.Я розумію.Ia rozumiiu.ia rozumiiu.
I don’t understandЯ не розуміюIa ne rozumiiu.ia ne rozumiiu.
Hello (on the phone) / I beg your pardon?Аллоalloallo
What does that mean?Що це означає?Shcho tse oznachaie?shcho tse oznachaie?
I don’t know.Я не знаю.Ia ne znaiu.ia ne znaiu.
I don’t speak Polish.Я не розмовляю польською.Ia ne rozmovliaiu pol's'koiu.ia ne rozmovliaiu pol's'koiu.
I speak a little Polish.Я трохи розмовляю польською.Ia trokhy rozmovliaiu pol's'koiu.ia trokhy rozmovliaiu pol's'koiu.
Do you speak english? (informal)Ти говориш англійською?Ty hovorysh anhliĭs'koiu?ty hovorysh anhlis'koiu?
Do you speak english? (formal)Ви говорите англійською?Vy hovoryte anhliĭs'koiu?vy hovoryte anhlis'koiu?
Yes, I do speak english.Так, я говорю англійською мовою.Tak, ia hovoriu anhliĭs'koiu movoiu.tak, ia hovoriu anhlis'koiu movoiu
No, I don’t speak english.Ні, я не розмовляю англійською.Ni, ia ne rozmovliaiu anhliĭs', ia ne rozmovliaiu anhlis'koiu.

Making acquaintances

Please talk more slowly!Будь ласка говоріть повільніше!Bud' laska, hovorit' povil'nishe!bud' laska / nemaie za shcho
Nice to meet you!Приємно познайомитися!Pryiemno poznaĭomytysia!Pryiemno poznaĭomytysia!
How are you?Як справи?Iak spravy?iak spravy?
Good, thank youДобре, дякуюDobre, diakuiudobre, diakuiu
I’m well, thanks!Добре, дякую!Dobre, diakuiu!dobre, diakuiu!
Not bad, thanks!Непогано, спасибі!Nepohano, spasybi!nepohano, spasybi!
very badдуже поганоduzhe pohanoduzhe pohano
What’s your name?Як тебе звуть?Iak tebe zvut'?iak tebe zvut'?
My name is [...].Моє прізвище [...].Moie prizvyshche […]moie prizvyshche [...]
What’s your first name?Як тебе звати?Iak tebe zvaty?iak tebe zvaty?
My first name is [...]Мене звуть [...]Mene zvut' [...]mene zvut' [...]
How old are you?Скільки тобі років?Skil'ky tobi rokiv?skil'ky tobi rokiv?
I’m [...] years old.Мені [...] років.Meni […] rokiv.meni […] rokiv.
What are your hobbies?Які в тебе хобі?Iaki v tebe khobbi?iaki v tebe khobbi?
What do you like doing?Що тобі подобається робити?Shcho tobi podobaiet'sia robyty?shcho tobi podobaiet'sia robty?
What are you doing (at the moment)?Що ти (зараз) робиш?Shcho ty zaraz robysh?shcho ty zaraz robysh?
Where do you live?Де ти живеш?De ty zhyvesh?de ty zhyvesh?
I live in [...]Я живу в [...]Ia zhyvu v [...]ia zhyvu v [...]
I’m from EnglandЯ з АнгліїIa z Anhliïia z anhliï
I’m EnglishЯ англієцьIa anhliiets'ia anhliiets'
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