Learn Ukrainian with Crosswords

Learn Ukrainian with interactive crosswords and have fun!

learn ukrainian In the crosswords, if Ukrainian letters are not displayed properly do the following:

- in the Firefox browser menu bar, go to View -> Character Encoding, choose Unicode (UTF-8). Reload the webpage. Now Ukrainian characters should show up correctly;

- in the Internet Explorer browser menu bar, go to View -> Encoding, choose Unicode (UTF-8). The page will reload automatically.

These crossword puzzles allow you to get answers for individual clues. If you don't know an answer to a certain clue, click the "Solve" button. The answer for the clue will be filled in on the puzzle grid for you.

1. Crossword: 100 Ukrainian words to know

To have a strong conversational knowledge of Ukrainian, one need to know a few thousand words in addition to the knowledge on how these words are combined in the language.

There are several word frequency dictionaries of Ukrainian that list the most frequently used words. This crossword contains only 100 such words (only nouns). You can maximize your study of literary Ukrainian vocabulary by learning these words first. As a native speaker of Ukrainian and a person living in Ukraine, I've selected, for this crossword, words that one would frequently encounter in modern Ukrainian mass media and everyday conversations.

2. Crossword: Ukrainian slang words

For your vocabulary not to be limited only to literary words, learn Ukrainian slang words.

They say that slang is as old as the world (actually, as the language). People always have tried to make their language more vivid, garnished it with nifty words and phrases, and altered unclear "sophisticated" words in their own way.

What is slang? To put it simply, slang is a vocabulary widely used for informal communication. Slang is kind of a "growth zone" of a language. It changes very quickly reflecting all developments, both good and bad, in our life.

The usage of some slang words is limited only to certain social groups or subcultures (e.g. youth slang, thieves' slang, etc.). Other slang words are of more general usage in the society and, with time, they can penetrate into the literature and even into the literary language. The Ukrainian slang words featured in this crossword belong to the latter category.

3. Crossword: Ukrainian grammar

If you have learned Ukrainian or are learning it now, this crossword will help you to refresh your knowledge of the Ukrainian grammar.

4. Crossword: Ukrainian phrases

Pryvit! Yak spravy? Visiting Ukraine but know little Ukrainian? Have a look at these Ukrainian phrases. To suit the crossword format, only one-word frequently used phrases were selected.

5. Crossword: Ukrainian culture

A language is an integral part of the culture in which it has been born and developed. So when you learn a foreign language you inevitably get in touch with the culture, history and traditions of the country of origin of the language you are learning. If you learn Ukrainian, use this crossword to see how much you know about Ukraine and its culture. Fill in this crossword only in English.

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_____________________________________________________________________ Website owner: Irina Lychak, self-employed freelance linguist, Russian translator, Ukrainian translator, Kiev (Kyiv), Ukraine

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