15 Words That Will Make You Fall in Love With the Ukrainian Language

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Maria Sibirtseva

The Ukrainian language is considered to be one of the most beautiful languages in the world, after French and Italian. It is very melodic and easy on the ear. Local people use the language with tenderness, as Ukrainian has lots of words perfect for expressing a number of emotions accurately. Here are 15 words that will make you fall in love with Ukrainian, instantly.


Pronunciation: Ukrayina

Meaning: there are two versions of the origin of the name Ukraine. The first one means the ‘bordering land’, while the latter – ‘homeland’.

Sunflower field


Pronunciation: kohannya

Meaning: a feeling of deep heartfelt affection for a person – love. Its roots can be found in most Slavic languages with the interpretation ‘to take care’.



Pronunciation: mystetstvo

Meaning: a Ukrainian word mystetstvo comes from German word Meister and means ‘art’.

Painted eggs


Pronunciation: nezhaleznist’

Meaning: ‘independence’ in international relations and ‘sovereignty’ in internal affairs.

Maidan Square


Pronunciation: kraplynka

Meaning: a droplet or a tiny bit of something.

Droplets on the flower


Pronunciation: polunytsya

Meaning: strawberry.



Pronunciation: serden’ko

Meaning: a beloved one. It derives from the word ‘heart’, seartse in Ukrainian, and is typically used in a diminutive form when appealing to somebody.

Bridge with lockers


Pronunciation: kralya

Meaning: a beautiful girl or woman, a lady. It is considered to be the derivative of the verb ‘palenity’ – to burn brightly.



Pronunciation: parasolya

Meaning: an umbrella for a rainy day, this word comes from the French parasol, formed by the words parare (to protect) and sole (sun).

Rainy evening


Pronunciation: blakytnyi

Meaning: a heavenly blue colour. Initially, it was called the colour of pigeons, which later was replaced by dove-coloured.



Pronunciation: bozhevilnyi

Meaning: insane or psychologically ill. The Ukrainian etymology of the word is extremely interesting. The first part of the word sounds like Bozhe which means ‘God’, and the second part vilnyi is translated as ‘free’. So, all together bozhevilnyi indicates a free man by the will of God, whose freedom of expression is perceived mostly negatively.



Pronunciation: zatyshok

Meaning: a quiet and cosy place, protected from the wind. In a figurative sense this means means an imperceptible place.



Pronunciation: nadykhaty

Meaning: to inspire, cause spiritual uplift.

Beautiful field


Pronunciation: beregynya

Meaning: in pre-Christian beliefs, beregynya was a mermaid (from the word bereg meaning ‘shore’). Nowadays, the word is more often used in the figurative sense as a housewife or native home that has preserved the material and spiritual wealth of ancestors, the memory of generations (in this sense, the name combines the words oberigaty – to protect).

Ukrainian house


Pronunciation: snidanok

Meaning: breakfast or a meal intended to be eaten in the morning.


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