Ukraine’s national language is, perhaps unsurprisingly, called Ukrainian.
Typically, you might look up a few Ukrainian words in order to prepare for a visit to the Eastern European country.
But with the Russia-Ukraine war ongoing, you may instead be interested to learn more about the country in general – or wish to greet a friend or guest from Ukraine in their language.
Here’s how to say ‘hi’, ‘hello’ and ‘good morning’ in Ukrainian.
How to say hello or good morning in Ukrainian
There are a few ways to greet someone in Ukrainian.
Depending on how informal you want to be, and the time of day, there are a few options to pick from:
- Pryvit (Привіт) – hi, informally
- Dobryi den’ (добрий день) – hello or ‘good day’, used during the daytime
- Dobroho ranku (Доброго ранку) – if you specifically want to say ‘good morning’
- Dobryi vechir (Добрий вечір) – how you’d say ‘good evening’, as it’s getting dark.
You’ll often see Ukrainian words written out in the nation’s version of Cyrillic script, rather than in the Roman alphabet.
However, the words can be written out in the Roman alphabet, but may appear slightly differently when you look online – you might see ‘dobryi’ or ‘dobry’ for example.
Or simply stick on some easy-to-follow YouTube tutorials if you want to practice pronunciation.
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